Sculpture installation by Dominic Welch
Dominic Welch oversees the installation of “Rising Form” a piece created specifically for Messums Wiltshire. This is the largest bronze cast to date by Dominic, and comes from his ongoing exploration of Paleolithic interests and timeless forms.
Messums Wiltshire is delighted to be hosting this piece and selected others by Dominic as part of our first exhibition “Bronze and Stone” which opens on the 24th September 2016. The other artists included in “Bronze and Stone” are Bridget McCrum and Tim Harrisson.
Dominic first showed at Messums in 2006 and since then has gone on to hold several successful exhibitions including a joint show with Laurence Edwards in Melbourne Australia at the Mossgreen gallery. During that trip Johnny Messum and Dominic discussed the formative plans for an exhibition space outside of London that could house large sculptures.
To follow the creation of “Rising Form” as it transitions from stone into Bronze watch the following video, created by Photography studio Steve Russell and shot at Pangolin Bronze foundry.
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The stones I love to work in – Kilkenny limestone, Ancaster Weatherbed, or marble from Carrara – have very little grain, so you can bring out the subtle, simple forms. For me, most important is the form. I’m quite haphazard about the way I find the form – completely by eye with little measuring. There’s no real knowing what’s right, but you get to a point where you think, OK, that works.
Dominic did not have a formal training in sculpture. Instead, having placed a speculative advert looking for an apprenticeship, he was fortunate to meet the sculptor Peter Randall-Page. He worked as an assistant to Peter for ten years, learning the craft of carving whilst developing his own ideas. For 12 years he has worked independently and has exhibited extensively in the UK, Australia, USA and Japan. Dominic is represented by Messums Fine Art, London.