Woking, an early Epstein portrait and a link to a lost work

I happened upon Jacob Epstein’s Italian Peasant Woman in Shawl recently, part of the remarkable sculptures in the Ingram Collection of Modern British Art assembled by media entrepreneur Chris Ingram, who has enabled his home town of Woking to see art which might normally grace the likes of Tate Britain, via its loan to the Marks Barfield-designed Lightbox Museum and Gallery. Julia Barfield and David Marks were behind the London Eye and the Woking building is similarly worth seeing. The Peasant Woman head was created in 1907, at around the time Epstein was given the commission for 18 figures on the British Medical … Continue reading Woking, an early Epstein portrait and a link to a lost work

Large Clay Sculpture: Improvisation course at West Dean

4 day course at West Dean College, West Sussex led by Jon Edgar – abandoning the use of the armature as stifling to creativity, students construct random clay elements (left) and then free-build with them… turning the clay matrix and continuing to add until forms start to emerge. This technique was devised by veteran sculptor Alan Thornhill, who found this way of working allowed ‘absolutely anything to emerge’, rather than using the constraining hand of the pre-conceived idea.  This course was last run in 2011 (you can download the detailed course notes here: https://www.westdean.org.uk/resources/longdetails/4D1937.pdf ) For more information on forthcoming courses by Jon Edgar … Continue reading Large Clay Sculpture: Improvisation course at West Dean