Thursday, 17 September 2020

The recycled metal fish

Fish wall art made from recycled metal. I am deliberately using rusty mild steel for it's colour and texture. This is something I hope to develop further in my work, see also the 'Sphere'.

I have recycled metal from: stainless steel serving trays; bike parts; ball bearings from miscellaneous domestic wares and scrap mild steel sheet from a local industrial unit.

It takes me a long time to design a new sculpture. I have to draw, model and hone designs over a long period of time. I have been working on the fish for the last 3 years. Below you will see some of my earlier prototypes. So, when I have a design I am happy with, I like to create duplicates. I like the way this picture shows that when along side each other they're all slightly different. This can be due to the changing parts I have in hand, or to the fact that each one is handmade, and individually made.

As one door closes, another one opens...with all the uncertainty and cancellations of events this year, just yesterday I discovered on the Delamore Arts page an upcoming 'online' exhibition. Hopefully this won't be cancelled. It is called 'Reflections' put on by the South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts. Closing date is 8th October. If your an artist you may also want to check it out. I will be sure to post more information if I pursue this.

There are many more models too! If you are passing by my studio, and want to see more about the fish, then you are more than welcome to make an appointment and visit.


Sunday, 13 September 2020

Teignmouth Trail Art - Sculpture Trail

I will be on Teignmouth seafront today beside my artwork, with my parasol and deckchair. Ready to talk to anyone interested in the Trail Art UK sculpture trail. I'm looking forward to seeing the other artists. The weather looks good too! 

Click on the picture if you want to be directed to their website.

Ed Hill Metal Art - Teignmouth Sculpture Trail

Ed Hill Metal Art - Sphere

Wednesday, 9 September 2020

Stone Lane Gardens - Ed Hill Metal Art - Outdoor sculptures

These are 2 of my recycled metal art sculptures photographed at 'Stone Lane Gardens'. Both sculptures I have tried to capture the beauty of the damselfly and cockerel. I have paid close attention to proportion, symmetry and balance.

I wanted to create a striking sculpture for a pond, (a piece of pond art, this is something I have not seen much of) It is based in a smooth stone, so can be placed on a pond-liner, so the stem appears to come out of the water. It plays to the strengths of metal as a sculptural medium. In that, one can make large delicate looking artwork. Unachievable in other mediums. It uses new stainless steel for the wings, but most else is recycled. My most memorable damselfly memory is swimming in Ermington river during the heat of the day, and observing the electric blue damselfly going about their business above the water.

Ed Hill Metal Art - Damselfly

'Something worth crowing about!' I am pleased the way the cockerel brings a burst of light to the dark foliage of the trees. Both of these sculptures are the result of many hours study, using photos, sketches and working with recycled materials to best capture their forms. 

Ed Hill Metal Art - Cockerel

Monday, 24 August 2020

'Public's Choice Award' -Teignmouth's Trail Art UK 2020

As you may know, I have a sculpture 'The Sphere' at Teignmouth's Trail Art UK 2020, reclaimed sculpture exhibition on the seafront. Each year they give away prize for the 'Public's Choice'. This is the link to their 'voting page' on the Trail Art website, if you would like to take part.

Friday, 21 August 2020

Damselfly - Stone Lane Gardens Sculpture Trail - Chagford, Moretonhampstead, Devon.

Hot off the press, here is my recycled metal art damselfly, I have designed this to anchor into a rock, so it can be displayed in someone's pond. Stone Lane Gardens will be exhibiting artwork from local artists till the end of October 2020. 

This photo does not convey the size of this sculpture, it is fairly large. Roughly 50cm in length, it is made from an assortment of recycled metal. The 'piece de resistance', however is some special Italian 'new' stainless steel, which I have used to create the green wings. I love the way it changes colour from different angles and gives a kick of colour. I am very happy with it. 

This idea had evolved from the 'big green dragonfly', I have had the idea of a damselfly resting on a twig in my head for some time, but it wasn't until the other day that it came off. I was going to create another dragonfly, however I thought the body just didn't seem right for a dragonfly, and suited a damselfly. I looked around for something to form it's tail and found the perfect tube of stainless steel, a tent pole or something like that. This is something I'd selected along time ago, from one of my charity shop foragings. I'm so glad I collected it, like so many other pieces of scrap, sometimes they come in very handy.

Damselfly - Ed Hill Metal Art

Poised ready to take off to Stone Lane Gardens

I also have artwork currently at Trail Art UK sculpture exhibition 2020 in Teignmouth. They are currently holding a vote for the 'Publics' favourite sculpture. If you like my artwork, please give me a vote! ;)

All you have to do is click on the photo to vote, that's it! When you have voted you will get to see how well all the other artwork is doing. My piece is the 'Sphere'. This link takes you straight to the voting page:

Monday, 27 July 2020

Thursday, 23 July 2020

Sphere Trailer

This is a shorter condensed version of the previous video