The sculpture garden will next be Open in early May.
See the bluebells & my new collection of works for the landscape.
for information & private visits email firstname.lastname@example.org
MEANWHILE There is exciting news this autumn
My Ashburton Gallery NUMBER TWELVE East Street opens Fridays & Saturdays
NUMBER TWELVE specialises in art for home interiors. From the smallest bronze sculpture that can be held in the palm of a hand to impressive life-size horse heads and bas reliefs in a variety of materials, there are driftwood sculptures, pencil drawings and working sketches, prints, paintings, books and postcards.........
New works are constantly appearing, Number Twelve is growing steadily, more rooms will be opening soon. It is a fascinating old building and is also the largest retail space in Ashburton.
Ashburton is a historic town on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park 15 miles south of Exeter. It is stuffed full of interesting small shops and good places to eat with equally interesting places to stay.
My new book: Bert Jansch - Living with The Legend will arrive from the printers on December 2nd.
Until then you can view a small (seventeen page) sample for free on the buy the books page
and save by ordering at the special prepublication price
Read a little of how it came about
A WORLD AWAY.
Some time ago I was visited by the wonderful warm-hearted and enthusiastic Lise Cormier.
Lise is the Chief Executive of Montréal International Mosaïculture and she made me a very interesting proposal.......
She came with the Director of Montréal Botanical Garden, Gilles Vincent and Ginette Marotte, the Vice Mayor to commission a contemporary horse sculpture for Mosaïculture 2013. www.mosaiculture.ca
They chose to have an oak life-size mare and foal. I was very pleased to go and see them installed this June alrady looking at home among the very new planting in the Botanical Gardens.
Here is the mare with another horse comissioned by a private client from New Orleans patiently waiting for the shippers in May. They turned out so similar that they could have been related.
A caution: the copyright of any artwork belongs to the artist. People may take photos of my work for their own enjoyment but not for commercial gain. We have recently found people attempting to sell postcards and prints online in contravention of international copyright law. Thank you to my followers who alerted me and for their concern that my equine work was being copied.
Now to much more interesting things..............
My Dutch photojournalist friends Pieter Paul Koster and Inga Oostenrijk came for a few days break.
Surely they will photograph the thoroughbred under the oak tree, it caused a sensation at Darley Stud's stallion parade last summer at Newmarket.
No. Something else has caught their eyes. Something smaller.....
The new bronze has arrived. The third foal 'Sugar Babe' is an edition of five and is almost a mirror image of the very first driftwood bronze foal of mine 'Sugar Plum' which stole stole more hearts than any at The Darley stud's stallion parade last summer. To see more go to the driftwood bronze page.
This the original driftwood 'Sugar Babe' meeting the bronze. Can you tell them apart?
Slightly larger is 'Cherry Pie' a bronze edition of five.
Integrating a wider range of materials with driftwood and oak into the life-size work has resulted in some stunning new pieces. It has been a fascinating experience; there is more variety of texture and I have been able to escape the limitations imposed by a steel armature which has allowed a greater fluidity in the work. I seem not to be alone in finding them compelling. More and more pieces are pouring forth, we are rapidly running out of space in the workshop and it is becoming difficult to turn round in the yard.
"I am starting to look for a larger property, somewhere with serious barns, birdsong, clear air and water where I can keep my horses close, have open country to ride through and make a new sculpture garden."
Part one of the move has been into the centre of Ashburton. Number Twelve, East Street.
NUMBER TWELVE is an amazing building, and very old. It is something of a Tardis which makes it a unique gallery space fo displaying interior artworks and drawings. it is now open on Fridays and Saturdays.
Matriarch and child 11 inches tusk to tail shortly available in bronze edition of 15 at the Ashburton gallery.
And here they are in bronze fresh from the foundry.
Interview. To read about the creative process click here
For a bit of sheer delight and amazing jewellery visit gorgeous Kate Higham.
The Ugbrooke Connection. 1999 to the present day.
In 1999 I had been making life-size sculpture for two years and could barely turn my car for the accumulation of driftwood surrounding my house. It would be hard to sell the property without a big clear out but I was unsure how I could do that without interrupting the flow of work. My last major exhibition had been at The National Trust's Saltram House near Plymouth when my original life-size driftwood mare and foal were made in response to the magnificence of it's Stable Courtyard.
At the time I was the only British artist working with driftwood and The Press had gone wild; the massive coverage made the show a resounding success and demand was almost overwhelming.
It was at this point that Lord Clifford came up trumps.
Ugbrooke House in common with many of the great and historic houses has a traditional stable courtyard and Lord Clifford offered to rent it me together with the two cottages that formed the rear wall. I signed the lease in October. It was heaven. I have never had such a great working space. And sculptures poured out of me. I took on a full time assistant and was invited to take part in The Shape of The Century - One hundred Years of Sculpture in Britain as part of The Millennium Celebrations at Canary Wharf in London. It was at Canary Wharf that Tim Smit saw my work with the result that I was invited to become one of the first artists in residence at the Eden Project in Cornwall. The full size driftwood horse that became known as The Eden Project Horse was built in the Stable Courtyard at Ugbrooke. Shortly afterwards I bought my current property only two miles from Ugbrooke and started to build my sculpture garden. It is now in it's twelth year and is starting to look to look quite mature.