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Sladmore Contemporary

Curating beautifully honest interpretations of the natural world for 50 years

While the Swinging Sixties might be better known for the developments in the music and fashion industries, it also impacted on the thriving art scene. It was in the midst of this cultural revolution that Sladmore Contemporary was established at 32 Bruton Place in 1965. Situated just off Berkeley Square, the gallery has been exhibiting contemporary and modern sculpture for over 50 years.

Originally established as a gallery of ‘Animaliers’ sculpture, selling bronze sculpture by well-known sculptors of the 19th and 20th century, they now represent a much wider range of artists, including ceramists, multimedia assemblage artists, stone carvers and medallists. Though they represent a broader range of subjects,
it continues to specialises in sculpture that draws inspiration from the natural world, from Nic Fiddian-Green’s monumental, aged bronze horse heads, popular landmarks the world over, to Mark Coreth’s highly textured animals in action. Their fixation is with the impact of 3D objects and the power of making.

Their first floor gallery is a veritable cabinet of wonders, holding a continuous, varied display of work, while the ground floor hosts their regular one-man exhibitions. The stable includes more than 20 contemporary artists including Nick Bibby, Sophie Dickens, Roger Law, Rupert Merton, Kensuke Fujiyoshi and Rose Corcoran.

However, for those who are looking for something with a longer history, there is a smaller selection of ancient sculpture dating from 300 BC to 20th-century Modern masters, such as Elizabeth Frink, Marino Marini and Lynn Chadwick.

In a nod to its founding focus, the sister gallery on Jermyn Street continues to show rare and important sculpture by 19th and 20th century masters, such as Rembrandt Bugatti, Edgar Degas and Auguste Rodin. Both galleries have regularly shown at most major international art fairs, including TEFAF Maastricht, Masterpiece London and the Paris Biennale, a testament to the high calibre of art the gallery continues to curate.

These days, it is far from fashionable to create art that is true to the subject and is honest and transparent in its aim; to simply portray an image or impression of the model and to create a beautiful object. But, whether you have an underlying affection for animals or simply find the natural world fascinating, the combination of an artistic interpretation of nature with elements of beauty and a well-crafted aesthetic are a powerful antidote to the more frenzied elements of modern life. Their artists create works that are not egotistical confirmations of power and wealth, they are beautiful, exquisitely crafted collectables to be enjoyed, handled and contemplated by generations to come.

All of their bronzes are produced in small limited editions. The artist creates the original model in clay or another malleable medium, which is then cast in bronze by a specialist foundry – normally using the lost wax (cire perdue) process – an enormously skilled and labour intensive technique first used over 5,000 years ago. While modern craftsmen founders have technological advantages, such as welding equipment, power tools and rubber moulds, the core process remains basically unchanged.

Once the piece has been through the many complicated stages, it is then cast in bronze at temperatures of up to 700°C. The raw bronze, which is an alloyof copper and tin, is then worked or ‘chased’ by the foundry before the bronze is heated and the coloured patina is applied.The finished bronze, normally signed and numbered by the artist, will have taken some two to three months to complete.

It is the combination of half a century’s insight into the industry and the beautifully evocative forms that result from such highly intensive labour processes that ensure that any purchase made from Sladmore will be cherished for generations to come. 

Wall Street Journal Art - Anthony Turner. Totem Handscapes

Gerry Farrell, Director of Sladmore, introduces the work of Anthony Turner, whose work he first saw at a small gallery in the Cotswolds, was ‘immediately struck by the tactile, wonderfully luminescent quality of his natural forms.’

Sladmore has been selling bronze sculpture for nearly fifty years. Anthony is their first carver, and each of these pieces is unique, one time only sculptures, unlike their bronze editions.

These works, though unique and entirely individual, recall the glorious pared down shapes of an earlier master, Constantin Brancusi, now one of the most admired (and highly priced) sculptors in the world.

Anthony was born in Kenya in 1959, where his early influences included two meticulous Kikuyu carpenters. He studied psychology at Exeter University, returned to Kenya as a painter and writer, and now lives on the edge of Dartmoor. Four years as an assistant to Peter Randall-Page, under the patient guidance of Dominic Welch and David Brampton, taught Anthony the traditional Italian methods of stone carving, enlargement from the model, and some of the secrets of lifting, turning and moving heavy objects. Drawing remains central to Anthony's work and he regards his sketchbook as a storehouse of emerging ideas and feelings.

"I'm currently interested in the potent symbolic power of imaginary exotic fruit and modest everyday vegetables, and in finding universal signs of love and unity. In the lines and forms of each carving, I'm silently contemplating the generous nourishing abundance of nature and its mysterious ability to provide and contain the vast expanse of human thought and experience." - Anthony Turner

A fully illustrated catalogue for this exhibition will be available nearer the show date, when all pieces will also be available to view on-line.

Sladmore Contemporary
32 Bruton Place, Off Berkeley Square
London W1J 6NW United Kingdom
Ph. + 44 (0)20 74990365
info@sladmore.com
www.sladmore.com

Opening hours
Monday - Thursday from 10am to 6pm
Friday from 10am to 5pm or by appointment

Sladmore wins best stand at master Piece Fair for recreation of Nic Fiddian Green’s hill top studio

Nic will be showing an exciting new body of work, to include Bronze, lead and copper sculpture and a small selection of stone carvings. Following the huge success of the award winning recreation of his studio at the Masterpiece Fair there will also be a studio element in the gallery this year.