Artwork of the Month: May15 Jul 16
This month’s work from our permanent collection has been chosen by Chris Dunseath RWA FRBS:
Chris Dunseath studied at Yeovil School of Art (1967-68), Gloucestershire College of Art & Design, Cheltenham (1968-71) and The Slade School of Fine Art, University College London (1971-73). He was Sculpture Fellow at Cardiff College of Art & Design (1973-4). From 1974 -99 he was an Associate Senior Lecture & Head of Sculpture at Coventry University. He has been a visiting artist at various institutions including the Royal Academy Schools.
In 1992 he was awarded the Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship for Sculpture and travelled and worked in Egypt. He was elected an Associate Member of The Royal British Society of Sculptors in 1993 and became a Fellow of the RBS in 2001 and served on the RBS Council.
He has exhibited at the RWA on various occasions including the ‘Open Sculpture’ exhibitions in 1996, 1999, 2003 and was the Winner of the Reflections Award in 2007. Chris has had work included in the Autumn exhibitions of 2007, 2008 and 2009. In 2010 he participated in the RWA’s‘Celebrating Paper’ exhibition. He has exhibited regularly in the RWA Autumn Exhibitions since 2007 and also 'Drawn' in 2013 and 2015.
Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Chris Dunseath: Parallel Universe’ Brewery Arts, Cirencester, Gloucestershire & ‘Chris Dunseath: Other Dimensions’ The Phillips Gallery, Brewhouse, Taunton, 'Sculpture & Stars: Chris Dunseath' The Open West Wilson Ward 2014, Cheltenham.
Recent group exhibitions include: ‘Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2009’, Royal Academy of Arts, London; ‘Babel’, Blackall Studios, Shoreditch, London; ‘The London Group 2009’, The Menier Gallery, London; ‘The Cannon/Bullock Paper Works Invitational’, Museo Gallery, Seattle, USA; ‘Art London’, Royal Chelsea Hospital, London; ‘The Discerning Eye’, The Mall Galleries, London; and ‘Contemporary Sculpture’ at Rollo Contemporary Art, London, 'the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2016', 'New Dimensions', The Museum of Somerset, Taunton, 'Wells Art Contemporary' Prize Winner, Wells, Somerset, 'International Exhibition of Wood Sculpture', Sanyi Museum, Taiwan.
Other exhibitions have included: Woodlands Art Gallery, Blackheath, London; The New Art Centre, Sloane Street, London; Parnham House, Dorset; Oriel Gallery, Cardiff; The Atkinson Gallery, Millfield, Somerset; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; Sherborne House, Dorset; Wolverhampton Museum & Art Gallery; Artworks-mk, Milton Keynes; The Quenington Sculpture Show, Gloucestershire; Flow Gallery, London; Oxford Gallery, Oxford; Sotheby’s Grosvenor Gallery, London; The Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden, Surrey; Richard Attenborough Centre, Leicester; Whitworth Gallery, Manchester; Butlers Wharf, London; The Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey; The Royal Institute of British Architects, London; The Yorkshire Sculpture Park; Plymouth Arts Centre; The Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh; Warwick Gallery, London and the Serpentine Gallery, London.
Chris Dunseath has work in various collections including: Arts Council England; South West Arts; John Makepeace Ltd; The Ackerman Foundation, New York; The McDermott Collection, Dallas, Texas; Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council; Chelsfield plc; British Trust for Conservation Volunteers; The Dame Stephanie Shirley Collection, Priors Court School, Berkshire; The Tony Wilkinson Collection, Nottingham; The Henry Moore Institute, Leeds; University of Leicester; The Met Office, Exeter; Robert Redford Collection, California; SPP Foundation, Washington State, USA, The Royal Collection Trust, The Royal West of England Academy.
His work is partly influenced by a curiosity about the horizons of Theoretical Physics and he tries to relate sculptural concerns with current ideas that investigate the nature of space, mass and time. It attempts 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. He uses a variety of materials in order to attempt this including wood, both carved and constructed, the translucent qualities of Alabaster, various limestones, Jesmonite and more recently paper. The size of his work ranges from small scale to large public sculptures.