Tom Wood | Into the Garden
6th April 2018 - 12th May 2018
A solo exhibition by Yorkshire artist Tom Wood
This April Lotte Inch Gallery will welcome a solo exhibition by renowned artist Tom Wood. The exhibition will run from 6th April to 12th May.
Better known for his portrait commissions which include HRH Prince of Wales, Alan Bennett and Professor Lord Winston, this latest exhibition will see Tom's work venture out of the studio and into the garden. The works, inspired by the views from his own conservatory where he sought refuge after a heating problem with his regular studio, feature a softer palette than many of his previous works. This collection showcases various wildlife, in particular birds, in startling yet simplistic beauty. They portray what could be easily considered mundane artifacts and fauna like the green house or common starling in a wonderfully charismatic manner.
Into the Garden will also feature ceramics by Wiltshire based Matt Waite, the award winning Sue Pryke and hand crafted furniture by Yorkshire company, Last Leaf UK.
Tom Wood is probably one of Yorkshire's best known artists. Since graduating from Sheffield School of Art in 1978 he has exhibited his work worldwide. Most recently his celebrated portraits of Professor Lord Robert Winston and Alan Bennett, both commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery, London were on display at the Australian National Portrait Gallery, Canberra. He has shown his work in solo exhibitions at the Yale Centre for British Art, USA and Schloss Cappenberg, Kreiss Unna, Germany. His recent commissions include portraits for the National Trust, Warwick University and for the Harewood Trust where his large double portrait of Lord and Lady Harewood is on permanent display at Harewood House, Leeds.
Matt Waite worked in potteries in Bath and the Hebrides throughout the 1990’s and decided to set up his own workshop in 2001 at Stowford Farm in Wiltshire, which is where he is still based. Producing a range of tableware alongside individual and larger pieces Matt uses a Cornish stoneware clay. His pieces are fired in an 18 cuft gas kiln, built in 2004, which takes up to 14 hours to reach the top temperature of 1300c. The glazes, which are mostly oriental in origin, include copper reds, iron rich tenmoku, shino, kaki, blue jun and a cream coloured chun. Other glazes make use of estuary mud and wood ash, creating the character and colour of the glaze.
Sue Pryke began her career in ceramics in Lincolnshire where she learned her craft at a small pottery and truly fell in love with working with clay. Since then Sue has worked at Wedgwood as a shape designer and it is this culmination of a creative mind and a knowledge of what works in retail that has perfected her signature style of beautiful yet very functional homewares. In her own words her pieces; “aren't awkward, audacious or tricky to use or care for, but are familiar, have fluency and sit effortlessly.”
Last Leaf UK, is a Yorkshire based furniture design company. With all elements of work undertaken by founder & designer Sam Parkin, the Last Leaf create stunning, simple and modern furniture all of which are created using the finest, hand-picked and responsibly sourced timber. Every piece which leaves Sam’s workshop is “truly unique with a character of its own, tailored specifically for the customer. “
- Tom Wood
- Matt Waite
- Sue Pryke
- Last Leaf UK