In this week’s Goldmark Roundup film Mike presents two rare hanging figures by the British sculptor John Davies.
After training at the Slade School of Art, Davies quickly established himself as one of the country’s foremost figurative sculptors, specialising in the male form.
‘Man on a Swing’ – painted resin sculpture by John Davies
His work is held in many major international collections including the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, who hold over 60 of Davies’ sculptures. A prospective lecture on his drawings and sculpture to be held there on April 3rd has already become fully booked.
‘Man on a Trapeze’ – painted resin sculpture by John Davies; a heavy weight keeps the trapeze suspended upright
Davies’ work is rarely seen coming onto the market and is highly sought after by collectors. These two resin figures, completed between 1982-4, last appeared in the UK auction houses over 7 years ago; we are delighted that they have now ended up at Goldmark in Uppingham.
‘The Young Widow’ – Marc Chagall’s Fables of La Fontaine
Mike also discusses some of the art and ceramics covered in this week’s Discover posts, including the hand-coloured etching suite of the Fables of La Fontaine by Marc Chagall featured in our In Focus series on Wednesday.
Chagall’s etchings were commissioned by art dealer, critic, and collector extraordinaire Ambroise Vollard and were begun in 1928, though it was nearly a quarter of a century before they were finally published.
‘The Two Mules’ – Chagall’s delicate hand-colouring is evident here and in the etching above
Limited to an edition of 200 sets, 85 of these Chagall hand-coloured himself, sparingly applying rich areas of colour to his thickly bitten etching prints.
Images of great humility and intimacy, they represent Chagall at the height of his artistic powers and rank among the great 20th century print suites.
Welsh potter Phil Rogers at work in his studio workshop
On Tuesday this week we published some previously unseen footage dug out from our film archives of potter Phil Rogers preparing clay and throwing pots in his Welsh studio near Rhayader and the River Wye.
Phil was one of the very first potters whose works we showed back in 2005, and since then he has worked tirelessly with the gallery to produce multiple fantastic shows, a book launch accompanied by a lecture and throwing demonstration, and, more recently, custom orders for sets of 80 guinomi cups displayed in large purpose-built display cases.
(above) the many varied glazes of Phil’s guinomis; (below) a custom set of 80 guinomis in their display case
Sets are priced at £6000 and take upwards of 6 months to create, allowing Phil plenty of time to achieve the separate firings needed for the different glaze types on each guinomi. To place an order or ask for more information, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +44 (0)1572 821424.
mini Tsubo jars by British potter Lisa Hammond
New pots from our recent Lisa Hammond ceramics exhibition have also been added to our website here and we’ve produced a short film of the gallery display. If you didn’t manage to make it to the show, you can watch it here.