Wycliffe Stutchbury

“Jean Arp loved nature’s forms because he felt that nature buckled modern society’s overdependence on reason.’

Wycliffe Stutchbury’s work concerns the struggle between our desire to impose form on the natural world and its unwillingness to conform. Our apparent need to contain the wild world, to exert our influence and to ‘perfect’ it is in this case exacted through geometry and high speed steel. But this is countered by the forces of nature. The physical world corrupts, erupts, cracks, distorts, discolours our efforts to suppress, edit or frame it.

Then there is human error. Although Stutchbury strives to self-consciously apply his own structure to these works through experience and technical skill, he makes mistakes, his concentration wanders, he changes his mind. He is pulled toward an intuitive way of working, rather like how one might approach stacking firewood, being led by the nature of the material.

Underlying all of this is Stutchbury’s desire to communicate the expressive beauty of timber. Its ability to absorb its environment, to record the elements, memories and events. To show the beauty in decay. The finished piece is evidence of fallibility, methodology but overall it is an expression of nature’s fragile and yet robust qualities.

Born

  • 2003 BA (Hons) 3D Crafts, Brighton University
  • 1987-89 City and Guilds Diploma, London College of Furniture

Awards

  • 2009 Best Contribution to Show Award, Crafts Council
  • 1988 Guild Mark, Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2016 Another Life, The Craft and Design Centre, Leeds
  • 2016 PAD, with Sarah Myerscough, London
  • 2015 Collect, with Sarah Myerscough, Saatchi Gallery, London
  • 2015 East Sussex Open, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne
  • 2015 Art Beijing, Galleria Art Nou Mil-lenni, China
  • 2015 Slow Turnings, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool
  • 2014 London Art Fair, with Vigo Gallery, London
  • 2014 Collect, with Contemporary Applied Arts, Saatchi Gallery, London
  • 2014 Residency, Sidney Nolan Trust, Wales
  • 2014 Ffound 2, Woolff Gallery, London
  • 2014 Is It Wood, Ruthin Craft Centre, Denbighshire
  • 2014 Future Heritage, Decorex, London
  • 2013 Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, represented by Woolf Gallery, USA
  • 2013 Open West, Newark Park, Gloucestershire
  • 2012 SOFA New York, represented by Flow Gallery, USA
  • 2012 GRID, Vigo Gallery, London
  • 2012 Chicago Art Fair, with Woolf Gallery, USA

Selected Publications

  • 2016 Feature, Gardens Illustrated, March
  • 2015 Techne, Dark Mountain, Issue 8, Autumn
  • 2015 News article, The Guardian, 30 July
  • 2015 Feature article, Selected Journal, January - March
  • 2015 Feature article, Craft Arts International, Spring issue
  • 2012 Feature article, Sunday Times Magazine
  • 2011 Trendspotter column, Financial Times

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