A history of making from the bizarre to the sublime
‘Retrospective’ by Bruce Hardwick and Lynn Critchlow
16 October – 20 November
Opening evening: Friday 15 October, 7:30-9:30pm
Bruce, as a keen bird watcher and environmentalist, has dedicated most of his practice to highlighting and referencing both the power and fragility of our natural world in his art. Bruce and Lynne Critchlows’s practice, which is inseparable as they work together, has spanned many disciplines including mixed media sculpture and installation, but they are most widely known and acclaimed for their ceramic sculptures, most notably, their iconic ‘Dodos’.
“Bruce once quipped that the dodos were self portraits as he felt like a soon to be extinct species!” Karen Sherwood, Director.
Lynn and Bruce have created a diverse range of ceramic art using many different firing techniques including Raku, Anagama, and Salt glaze to Electric Stoneware. They have also made their bird, fantastical beast and other sculptures in bronze and pewter.
Due to Bruce’s health issues this has been an intermittent process that has seen Bruce working less on ceramics and more on painting. During the lockdown periods Bruce designed works which were then created with the assistance of other artists.
This exhibition features work spanning several years to show the breadth and diversity of Bruce and Lynn’s sculptural work and also includes several new works despite difficult making conditions and health issues. This retrospective focuses on sculptural ceramic work.
Their work is exhibited worldwide and is held in private collections internationally. Notable exhibitions include the prestigious RA Summer exhibition.
“ We have shown Bruce & Lynn’s work over many years and we know that their pieces have brought much pleasure to many. Each piece is imbued with such character and deep feeling.” Karen, Director
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