Chris Dunseath RWA FRBS
These two sculptures have been previously exhibited in ‘The Open West 2014’ Cheltenham, where they won The Wilson Award.
They are influenced by a curiosity about the horizons of Theoretical Physics and try to relate sculptural concerns with current ideas that investigate the nature of space, mass and time. They attempt to represent three dimensionally some aspects of the complex and extraordinary ideas of Relativity and Quantum Physics such as parallel universes, matter and anti-matter and wormholes.
In the sculpture ‘Spin Symmetry’ the lower base section is carved cherry wood over which thin strips of ash veneer have been laminated then removed and reassembled to form a light open structure that exactly mirrors the base.
‘Interference & Stars’ was made by laminating handmade Chinese Mulberry paper over a corrugated surface and creating a sculpture with a dark interior, which reveals an ancient artefact surrounded by a myriad of stars.
I agree with the physicist Dr Richard Feynman when he referred to the inadequacy of science to capture the marvel of our universe and for the need for art to help bridge the gap between the tangible and intangible.
Studied at Gloucestershire College of Art, Cheltenham. Postgraduate Sculpture at The Slade School of Art. Sculpture Fellow Cardiff College of Art. Worked in Egypt on a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship for Sculpture. Academician of the Royal West of England Academy. Fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. Lectured at various Universities including the Royal Academy Schools, London. Lives and works in Somerset.
Exhibited in various solo & group exhibitions including: The Wilson, Cheltenham; Brewery Arts, Gloucestershire; The New Art Centre; Royal Academy, London; Royal West of England Academy, Bristol; Oriel, Cardiff; Wells Art Contemporary; Museum of Somerset; Derwent Art Prize; Sanyi Museum, Taiwan; The Royal Society, London; Millfield, Somerset; Museo Gallery, Seattle, USA; Bankside Gallery, London; Flow Gallery, London; Oxford Gallery; Whitworth, Manchester; Yorkshire Sculpture Park; Crafts Council, London; Sotheby’s Grosvenor Gallery.
Work in collections include: Arts Council England. The Royal Collection. South West Arts. Royal West of England Academy. Haverfordwest Museum. John Makepeace Ltd. Ackerman Foundation, New York. McDermott Collection, Texas. Sandwell Council. Chelsfield plc. Dame Stephanie Shirley Collection, Priors Court School. Tony Wilkinson Collection, Nottingham. Nancy Balfour’s Estate. The Henry Moore Institute, Leeds. Strake Jesuit, Houston, Texas. University of Leicester. The Met Office, Exeter. Robert Redford, Sundance, Utah, USA. SPP Foundation, Washington State, USA.