EXHIBITION: Dominic Welch & Bridget McCrum

Wednesday 10 April – Thursday 2 May
PREVIEW: Tuesday 9 April, 6:30pm  Bookings

12 Mary Place, Paddington, Sydney, Australia

 
 
We are delighted to be opening an exhibition in Sydney, Australia showing a collection of new works by British sculptors Dominic Welch and Bridget McCrum. Join us on Tuesday 9 April for the preview of this remarkable collection of sculptures showing for the first time in Australia. The exhibition opens to the public on Wednesday 10 April and continues until Thursday 2 May.

Dominic_Welch_DSC_2261 (web)Dominic Welch is part of a rich legacy of British sculptors working in stone and first appeared on the Australian Art scene with a large Kilkenny Marble sculpture Sentinel that was selected for the Sculpture by the Sea in 2004.
It was an iconic and logistically challenging piece to place on the coastal walk between Bondi Beach and Tamarama Bay and readily found a permanent home. His last show in Australia was in 2013, a selection of beautifully and painstakingly crafted sculptures in stone and some in bronze that were hand delivered and installed through New South Wales, Victoria and Southern Australia.
 
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Bridget McCrum ‘Zenobia (Homage to Palmyra)’

Entering it’s 30th year, Dominic’s career is now marked by an increasingly impressive collection of major works in Kilkenny limestone, Carrara marble and bronze. They have begun to find themselves in collections around the world, including more recently; Toronto, the pacific coast of Mexico and several recent acquisitions in New Zealand. His sculptures have been exhibited throughout Britain, North America, Japan, Taiwan and Australia. But his wanderlust and the appreciation of his works started here in Sydney. British stone carving has an exceptional legacy and it is a pleasure to show with Dominic the work of Bridget McCrum. There is a language of stone carving that joins the two sculptors together. Both allow the stone to lead their concept to its own conclusion. The effect is to feel very clearly their intent in sympathy with the material.

 

Bridget McCrum RWA FRBS (b 1931)
A selection of works.

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This will be the first opportunity to see works by this distinguished British Sculptor in Australia. 

“Bridget’s figures, animal and bird sculptures were economically carved, capturing the essential characteristics of their nature or habit, a subject may appear to be soft, although the profile would be sharp as her sense of curve and rhythm – still her hallmarks – tell of form as well as the incongruity to be found in birds or beasts.”
– Ann Elliott, author of ‘Touch and Time: The Sculpture and Drawings of Bridget McCrum’

McCrum’s work is a potent fusion of the ancient with the modern. She works primarily in stone, from which some pieces are also cast in bronze. Initially influenced by archaeological finds and by the work of Brancusi, Hepworth and Moore, her sculpture also contains oblique references to the landscape and fauna around her homes in Devon and Gozo. The basis of her work is a lyrical abstraction of living forms.

 

 

Image (top): Dominic Welch ‘Carrara Angel VIII’