Born in Buckinghamshire in 1970, Dominic Welch later settled in Devon, after serving a formative apprenticeship with the sculptor Peter Randall-Page. Welch shared this sculptor’s admiration of the organic monumentality expressed in works by Constantin Bancusi and Isamu Noguchi, and for ten years, he honed his own technique and style by assisting Randall-Page in producing “vessels for life”.
The stillness and purity of Welch’s pieces belies the energy and physicality required in their making, but this is reflected in the contrast of strength and softness that the work conveys. Starting graphically directly onto the stone, the sculpture emerges from the rock as he embarks on a journey guided by the material and the grain. The materials are heavy, yet Welch imbues his work with impetus, uplift, and a sense of resurgence. Welch’s stone forms have been exhibited extensively throughout Britain and North America as well as Japan, Taiwan, Canada, America, and Australia.
Dominic Welch is represented by Messums and Messums Wiltshire
1994 First Prize, Millfield Open. Millfield School, Somerset. 1995 TAIWAN, International Sculpture Symposium. 1996 2nd RWA Sculpture Exhibition, Bristol. Open exhibition. 1997 Young Sculptor’s Award at Manchester City Art Galleries. 1999 Sculpture in the Garden (The Pleasure of Influence), Wimborne; In the Path of the Shadow, Geevor, Pendeen, Cornwall. 2002 Phoenix Art Gallery, Exeter; On Form, Asthall Manor, Oxfordshire; Sculpture at Cotehele, Cotehele House, Saltash, Cornwall. 2004 On Form 04, Asthall Manor, Oxfordshire; World’s End Gallery, Langton Street, London; Sculpture by the Sea, Sydney Australia. 2005 Messum’s, Lordswood, Bucks. 2006 On Form 06, Asthall Manor, Oxfordshire; Messum’s, Lordswood, Bucks. 2007 New Art Centre, Roche Court, Salisbury; Warren Grady Art, New Commissions, Florida, USA; Messum’s, Lordswood, Bucks. 2011 Sacred Spaces, Buckfast Abbey, Devon 2011 Sculpture in Paradise, Chichester Cathedral, West Sussex 2011 Sculpture at Messums, Lordswood, Bucks 2012 Forms of Contemplation, Solo Exhibition, Messums Fine Art, Cork Street, London 2012 ON Form 2012, Asthall Manor, Oxfordshire 2013 Stone and Bronze, Mossgreen Gallery, Melbourne, Australia 2013 On Form London, Crypt Gallery, St.Pancreas, London. 2013 Garsington Opera, Sculpture at Wormsley, Wormsley, Buckinghamshire. 2016 Opening exhibition at Messums Wiltshire, “Bronze and Stone”
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