About the Artist

Gordon Lochhead

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"I am fascinated by casting metal. Every piece presents a new challenge, first aesthetically, to meet the needs of a commissioning client, or my own demands following thematic interests and projects. Second there are the technical problems getting a sound wax made, ensuring that the pouring gate will get the molten metal to every corner of the form, and that the venting system functions so as to not allow trapped gas flaws. And without fail, no matter how often I do it, there is the adrenaline buzz created when handling the thousand degree molten metal. Finally the aesthetic considerations return during the long and careful process of finishing, polishing, patinating, creating the surface that must complete the work."

Gordon Lochhead patinating a bronze cast in his studio

(photograph: Lorna Graves)

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Born Keith, Moray, 1950. Schools: Keith Grammar and Gordonstoun. Graduated from Essex University, 1970, BA Physics; postgraduate in Education Bath University 1973; studies in sculpture Bath Academy of Art, 1972-5.

Established studio-foundry in Wiltshire, 1975; set up in Galashiels, Borders, 1979; Fife 1994.

1993-94 Built new studio and house in Fife ( Self-build project involving extensive redevelopment of old farm buildings ).

1994 Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to Japan, 8 weeks studying traditional metalwork.

1996 GB Sasakawa Foundation award funded visit to Japan.

1998 Elected to membership of Japanese Casting-artists Association

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

1973-93 Work shown at various annual exhibitions of:

Royal West of England Academy, Society of Scottish Artists, Royal Scottish Academy, Royal Glasgow Institute

1978-81 Sloane Street Gallery, London

1981 "Nine Scottish Artists" Hatton Gallery, Newcastle University

1981 One man show at KES Gallery, Edinburgh

1986 "Contemporary Scottish Crafts" Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow

1988 Cleveland Craft Centre

1988 The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh (With Borders Craft Assoc..)

1990 "Living with Sculpture", Cyril Gerber Fine Art, Glasgow

1990 "Eurocrafts", St Olave Centre, Chester

1991 "Alchemy", Portcullis, Newcastle.

1995 One man show at Pittenweem Festival

1997-8 Shoreline Gallery, Aberdour

1998 "Sano Renaissance" Sano Bunka Kaikan, Tochigi, Japan

1999 "Imono no Katachi" Japanese Casting Association, Takaoka City Art Gallery, Saitama Gallery of Modern Art, Tokyo

2000 "A Tea House for the City" The Lighthouse, Glasgow

2001"A Tea House for the City" Central St Martins School of Art, London

SELECTED COMMISSIONS

1984 Borders Regional Council: Plaque commemorating twinning

1987 The Royal Navy: Centrepiece, "Edinburgh Castle" in silver

1987 & 88 Scottish Post Office: 3 trophies for sponsored events

1988 Silver statuettes for Royal Scots and Royal Highland Fusiliers

1990 St Boswells Parish; St Margarets Chapel, Edinburgh: Church plate

1991 The Royal Navy: Centrepiece, Seascape with submarine

1991 Hamilton & Inches Ltd (125th Anniversary): Eagle Owl Wine Cooler

1991 Queens Own Highlanders: Centrepiece, Four Statuettes in group

1992 Queens Royal Irish Hussars; Two silver statuettes, also bronzes

1992 & 94 St Andrew & St George Church, Edinburgh: Lectern & candlesticks

1992 Edinburgh District Council: Relief panels for entrances to refurbished blocks of flats

1994 Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders: Silver Statuette

1996 Golf trophy for Loch Lomond International Challenge

1997 Horse-race trophy for Equitable Life.

1999 & 2000 Scottish Enterprise: Lamps for "Elite 20" Awards

2000 Edinburgh Castle (again!) Silver Centrepiece.

2001 Arch in stone and bronze

CURRENTLY

Living in converted farm steading in Fife, Scotland with psychiatrist wife and two mad Springer Spaniels.

Working on the development of CAD/CAM methods, to make use of the power of modern technology in association with the tradition of casting.

Article ON ISSUES RELATING TO THIS WORK

"The iconography of small cast metal sculptures"

ARTICLE ON CAD/CAM AND CASTING

"Computers and Art Casting"

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