SCULPTURE BY PAUL VANSTONE, MARZIA COLONNA, ANTHONY TURNER, DOMINIC WELCH, HELEN DENERLEY, JILLY SUTTON, AND ROSIE STURGIS, 30TH April – 28TH June 2009

7th December 2011

EXHIBITION DATES: 30TH APRIL -28TH JUNE 2009.

The beautiful gardens and spectacular landscape setting surrounding West Sussex's Moncrieff-Bray Gallery, beneath the South Downs, provide an idyllic setting for this exciting sculpture exhibition.

Helen Denerley’s imaginative animals are beautifully crafted from discarded scrap metal.  Redundant agricultural machinery, tools and old motor bikes find a new life in her lithe and expressive creatures.  Some like Molly, her dog are domestic animals, others rare and endangered species, while among her biggest commissions are the 24ft giant giraffes in Edinburgh.  Helen’s work is now widely recognized resulting in world wide commissions.  She has an extraordinary skill, born from her sense of draughtmanship and observation creating these graceful creatures from the discarded flotsam of our age.

Marzia Colonna was born and studied in Italy before moving to England, which has been her home for over 30 years.  Her work is based on the human form and on humanity itself.  Her powerful bonze pieces reflect the dreams and aspirations of mankind and the profound truth about the human condition.  Her entwined figures reflect joy, love and tenderness, the winged figures step forward like mythical creatures about to take flight, a monument to our deepest aspirations.

Paul Vanstone’s new series of work includes pieces carved in a wide range of coloured stones gathered from countries as far afield as India and Italy.  His striking, classically inspired pieces use the rich veins and colours of these exotic stones to highly expressive effect.

Jilly Sutton is well known for her large wood carvings, mainly heads and figures formed from a single tree trunk.  Her portrait of the Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery.  Wood is a living, breathing medium and her work reflects an intimate knowledge of its properties and limitations. Her work is inspired by the tranquil setting of her home on the edge of the river Dart in Devon.  Limited edition castings taken from the original carvings are suitable for display outdoors.

This exhibition runs concurrently with: Christopher Baker, New Paintings: Land, Sky, Water Climping, West Sussex – Venice, Italy.