Malcolm Martin & Gaynor Dowling

Our work is metaphor, the landscape as a body, the body as landscape, experienced through the interplay of sight and touch. Lip and belly of the vessel, but also the trunk and limbs of the tree. One thing flows into another. The sea rises to become the land, stretched and folded by titanic forces.
Drawing on the block, the bounding contour. Links drawn from the wood with the most basic of hand tools, drawing the movement of sea, of sand, or of silk. Oak and lime transformed to shine with white light, or burnt dark by fire.’
We have been working together as sculptors for the past nine years, based in the Cotswold Valleys. Our work is carving, mainly in oak and lime. We work collaboratively across a range of scales from the hand-held to sculpture for the landscape, working in series, each family of pieces being explored through a range of variations and scales, with new series evolving from current work. Central to our sculpture is the tension between form and surface, using gouges to draw in shallow relief that articulates the fall of light across forms that explore the boundary between two and three dimensions.

Gaynor Dowling—Born 1965, educated at Nene College of Art and Design, Northampton, and Cumbria College of Art & Design

Malcolm Martin—Born 1959, educated at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham, Wiltshire and the Royal College of Art, London.

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2006 Medici Gallery, London
2005 Between the Lines, Exhibition at Open Eye Gallery,Edinburgh
Flow, London
2003 Plateaux Gallery, London
Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow
Lichfield Cathedral (Lichfield Festival Exhibition)
2002 New Work, Beaux Arts, Bath
Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
Intelligent Objects, Sarah Myerscough Fine Art,  London
2001 New Objects, Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London

Selected Group Exhibitions
2007, 06, 05 Collect  V  & A Museum, with Sarah Myerscough Fine Art
Carlin Gallery, Paris
2004 Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles
Snyderman Gallery, Philadelphia
2003 OUT THERE. Craft Outside Crafts Council Gallery,London
2002 THINKING BIG: 21st Century British Sculpture Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice
World Wood Museum of Art and Design,Helsinki,Finland
Sculpture at Goodwood, New Concepts Gallery
2001 The Unexpected, Sotheby’s New York

Public Collections
Crafts Council
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Boston Museum of Fine Art, USA
Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery (Purchased by the Contemporary Art Society)
Cleveland Crafts Centre
Ruskin Gallery, Sheffield
Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead
Recent Commissions
‘Hands on History’ Northampton Museum and Art Gallery
‘Column’ for John Hunt of Everest School, Basingstoke
‘Waveforms’ public sculpture for ‘The Phillimores’ development, in Kensington




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