carving

Malcolm Martin

Gaynor Dowling

introduction

Welcome to our newly updated website. There are many new pieces, and there are now individual pages for outdoor work, bronzes, and our last solo show with Sarah Myerscough Fine Art in London.

about us

Our sculpture is primarily in carved oak and limewood. We work collaboratively to explore the boundary between two and three dimensional form, using gouges to draw the complex shallow relief surfaces that articulate the fall of light across simple, frontal forms. We work across a range of scales from the hand-held to sculpture for the landscape. We work in series, each family of pieces being explored through a range of variations and scales, with new series evolving from current forms. We hope that our work is beautiful, but it also asks for a mindful response from the viewer. Each piece attempts to make its own statement visually, and to become part of a visual argument.

Our work is resolutely non-functional, but straddles the intersecting fields of sculpture, applied art and craft. While many pieces originate in the 'real' world - there are cups, jugs, bottles - these are likely to have been found in a modernist still-life painting or as a museum artefact. Similarly our larger sculpture is a way of 're-seeing' the tradition of the figure in sculpture, whether it be ancient, mediaeval or modernist, revisioned through our own formal language.

technical information

The work is hand carved using axe and gouges. We use English oak for its strong assertive grain, and lime-wood by contrast for the very controlled carving its blandness allows. The pieces are then transformed by techniques such as scorching, liming and coloration to create objects that are open in their meaning and in relationship to their material.

commissioned work

We recognise the importance of pieces being appropriate to their location and are happy to work to commission.

price guide

Prices range from around 250 for our smaller vessels to around 4000 for a larger sculpture. Please ask for details of pricing on individual pieces.

 

c.v.

Gaynor Dowling
Born 1965, educated at Nene College of Art & Design, Northampton, and Cumbria College of Art & Design.

Malcolm Martin
Born 1959, educated at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham, Wiltshire and the Royal College of Art, London.

Awards
2003 New Sculpture
Arts Council, England

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2003 Perceptive Wood Objects
Plateaux Gallery, London
2003 Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow
2003 Lichfield Cathedral
Lichfield Festival Exhibition
2002 New Work
Beaux Arts, Bath
2002 Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
2002 Intelligent Objects
Sarah Myersc
ough Fine Art, London
2001 New Objects
Sarah Myersc
ough Fine Art, London
1999 Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
1998 Showcase
Crafts Council Shop at the V&A
1998 Medici Gallery, London
Selected Group Exhibitions
2003 SOFA Chicago
(with the British Crafts Council)
2003 OUT THERE - Craft Outside
Crafts Council Galllery, London
2003 Art in the Garden
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens & Arboretum
2002 THINKING BIG: 21st Century British Sculpture
Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice
2002 World Wood Museum of Art and Design
Helsinki, Finland
2002 Wood - 10 Makers
Scottish Gallery
2002 Sculpture at Goodwood
New Concepts Gallery
2001 The Unexpected
Sotheby's New York
2001 Virginia Briers Gallery
San Fransisco
2001 SOFA Chicago
(with the British Crafts Council)
2000 Oxford Gallery
2000 Carlin Gallery, Paris
1999 25 Years
Crafts Council at the V&A
1999 Contemporary Decorative Arts
Sotheby's London
1999 Scale
Contemporary Applied Arts, London
1998 Natural Resources
Ruthin Craft Centre, and Oriel 31, Newtown
1998 Spirit of the Times
Bowes Museum, County Durham
Public Collections
  Contemporary Art Society
  Crafts Council
  Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
  Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery
  Cleveland Crafts Centre
  Prior Court School
  Ruskin Gallery, Sheffield
  Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead

Bibliography
2002 Thinking Big: concepts for 21st century British Sculpture, catalogue published by Sculpture at Goodwood
2001 Profile, Malcolm Martin & Gaynor Dowling, in Gardens Illustrated, Feb 2001, pp. 15-17
2000 Malcolm Martin et Gaynor Dowling, by Suzanne Trocme, in Architectural Digest, Paris, June, p32
1999 Twenty Five Years, catalogue published by the Crafts Council Shop at the V&A
1999 Style Brut, by F. Morrelec, S. Guibourge & A. Desgrippes, Flammarion, Paris, ISBN 2-08-2001814
1999 The Eye of the Beholder, by Malcolm Martin, in Crafts, no 159, May/June, pp30-35
1998 Natural Resources, catalogue published by Ruthin Craft Centre
1998 Spirit of the Times, catalogue published by the Bowes Museum, County Durham

 
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