SCULPTURE COURTYARD NOW OPEN!

Published: 17 August 2017


From a disused space to a peacful haven for sculpture, we're so happy to announce that our new courtyard is open and fillung up with wonderful sculpture from some of our favourite artists. Since our move to Seymour Place back in March 2017, we've been eager to display our sculpture in an inviting and unique environment, where the craft and skill of the artists can truly shine outdoors! With the building work now complete, we've created a secluded space in the heart of London where our sculptures can be viewed as they would in your own garden, giving a great visual insight into how it would look at home!

Below are some of our highlights from the courtyard, with plenty more to follow over the coming months, so be sure to keep an eye on our regular updates.

                      

VANESSA POOLEY

Vanessa Pooley was born in Norwich in 1958, and where she now lives and has exhibited widely thoughout the UK. Vanessa Pooley has found her own way of reinventing the human figure, so ubiquitous in art and particularly sculpture. Her work forges a link both to Henry Moore, the champion of the reclining female form in twentieth century sculpture, but also way back to ancient art and such famous pieces at the Willendorf Venus. In fact, the roughly hewn surfaces of her female forms look as if they could have been dug out from the earth. Her sculptural hero however, is Ferdinand Botero whose work can be seen at Broadgate behind Liverpool Street station – his figures seem to be on the point of bursting their fleshy bounds.

SIMON BACON

Simon Bacon lives and works in Wivenhoe, Essex and he graduated with an MA in Sculptural Practice from Colchester School of Art in 2013. His work is influenced by over twenty years in practice as an Osteopath and four years postgraduate research in transpersonal psychology, all of which supports his expression of existential themes through the human form. His figurative work and process is shaped by a deep interest in the philosophy of mind, consciousness and existentialism, exploring concepts of individual existence, nothingness, angst, freedom and choice.

JOHANNES VON STUMM

Johannes von Stumm grew up with the desire to be an artist, but was discouraged from such a career at a young age by both mentors and art teachers alike. Studying 'sensible' subjects like law and politics into his early adulthood, von Stumm still couldn't get away from 'the calling' of making art. He dropped his law studies and set course for artistic pursuits. At eighteen, during a visit to Paris, von Stumm was deeply moved by the power and beauty which he saw in Rodin's sculpture; he immediately began to work figuratively with clay and plaster, first at home and then at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. Since his initial breakthroughs with materials, von Stumm has continued to trailblaze within the sculptural discipline. He continues to be a forward thinking, established figure, taking on larger scale commissions in the recent years. His upcoming exhibitions are to be held in London, Berlin, and Munich.

CAROL PEACE

Carol Peace's figures inhabit an inner world of self-reflection. She derives her knowledge of the human body from detailed life drawings but when she models them in clay the figures come from her imagination reaching beyond mere depiction. With their delicately balanced forms and rock like plinths they invite the viewer to mediate on the human condition, the step from adolescence to adult hood or the vulnerability of a mother and child.

TOM GREENSHELDS

Tom Greenshields was born in Devon, 1915, the grandson of the well-known Victorian watercolour painter Edouard van Goethem. He studied at the Slade School of Art receiving a classical training in drawing and anatomy, developing his long artistic interest and passion in the representation of the human body. On graduation he painted mainly in watercolour, exhibiting work at the Royal Academy. In 1980 Greenshields lost the use of his right hand in a farming accident. Undeterred, and with great courage, he transferred his artistic skills to his left hand and went on to produce some of his finest figurative sculptures. Tom Greenshields was one of the first artists to use the resin bronze process for the production of serious fine art sculpture. The process produces very faithful copies of the original master sculpture and the surface can be patinated to produce a finish to lost wax process bronzes. e was in demand for exhibitions during his lifetime and fifteen years after his death his work is still being collected and currently on view in art galleries in England, Scotland and Wales.

Tio view our full selection of sculpture on line, please click here. For further imformation on any of our sculptures or artists please contact enquiries@thompsonsgallery.co.uk or call 02079353595.

We hope you can visit us at 3 Seymour Place during the remainder of the Summer and enjoy with us our favourite new spot in town!