Listen back: 'Invisible Elements' Artist Discussion
Updated: Jul 6
L-R: Tom Kemp and Simon Allen
Thank you to all who joined us for our live Zoom artist discussion 'Invisible Elements' including our two 'Growth' artists, Simon Allen and Tom Kemp. It felt very special to bring these renowned artist's together, both having gained an international following for their work. Their influences may feel contrasting - Simon's in the wildness of nature and Tom's in the traces of humans - yet, as they spoke, the synergies between their insightful work were there to be found.
The discussion, chaired by our Gallery Director Claire Pearce, can now be listened back to via our 'Growth' Artist Zoom Discussion Page.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
S I M O N A L L E N
'These works take their inspiration from the dormant time just preceding the new seasons growth, a turning point in the axis of the seasonal cycle. These are references to the cliffs and moorlands of the Cornish coast, where Simon lives, with a neutral palette of pale hues and off whites, suggesting the bleached moorland grasses after the dormant winter.'
Simon Allen has an international reputation for his unique carved and gilded wall sculptures, and his works feature in many prestigious locations, as well as numerous private collections. Around 4 years ago, he felt the pull to work with clay and began taking lessons, leading to him adding this medium to this artist explorations. This is the first exhibition of his ceramic work.
T O M K E M P
Tom Kemp is a mainly self-taught artist who has quickly developed a strong following for his work which has been purchased by collectors all over the world.
His work stems from a fascination with writing - the physical making of visual language - which has led to vast explorations of calligraphy: 'It's one of our ways of recording our very being: as a tool is dragged across a surface, all the intricacies of that performance are recorded as a still, clear image of its own making.’