Saturday, 26 July 2014

Emma Bird's Witty Wire Sculptures

Emma Bird has been a regular contributor to our exhibitions over the past few years, always finding a witty interpretation of the titles and "Horse Play" is no exception.

Emma says she has always made things : "My mum used to dread coming home when Blue Peter had been on, she knew scissors, card and sticky-back plastic would be everywhere!"

Although she works in a range of media, it is her wire sculptures for which she is most well-known, such as this wall hanging.

Having originally studied Art at Canterbury Christ Church College, Emma moved to Sussex and is now Head of Art at Shoreham College.

"Carry Me Home"

"Stable Mates"

"Nose Rub"

"Horse Play" continues until 30th August and includes sculpture, paintings, prints, photographs, textiles and jewellery, all with an equine theme.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Horsing around at the Green Tree Gallery!

It's been a flurry of activity in the last 10 days at the Gallery as we prepared for the opening of our summer exhibition "Horse Play".

Artists, friends and customers joined us for drinks and nibbles as they browsed the paintings, prints, photographs and sculpture exhibited by 10 Sussex artists.

This is "Freedom", a one-off sculpture cast in copper resin by Brighton-based Linden Hamilton.

The sculpture is large in horse parlance, "Freedom" stands almost six hands high, or 23 inches at the withers!
Linden's sculptures capture the movement of her equine subjects as well as some of their anatomical detail. She initially works in cement and cloth or paper and PVA glue draped around a strong metal framework and then takes a mould of the finished artwork. The final sculptures are cast in polyester resin mixed with metal powders, marble or slate.

This is "White Marble Horse", which is similar in size to "Freedom" but cast in marble resin.

And on a smaller scale, this is "Prancing Horse" in copper resin.

"Silver Horse" in aluminium resin, sold on the first day of the exhibition.