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Exhibitions:
Derek Holland
a restless beauty

19th June to 4th July 2015

Derek Holland Exhibition

Penny Hardy

The sense of movement and dynamics within sculpture provides it with life and vitality and whilst remaining true to the use of simple, raw materials, my aim is to capture this. The contrasting and concurrent methods I am using provide different challenges due to the nature of the materials and their own restrictions....

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I am exploring the use of layers, light reflection with hard or textured edges to create a sense of fluidity. My 'Blown Away' series, highlighted by 'You blew Me Away' is in response to the strong emotions that affect us all at key points in our lives, the physical impact they have on our bodies and the influence external or environmental forces whilst in this state. I have recently finished and now exhibiting until 2nd June a further three within this series, 'Resilience', 'Duality', Yin & Yang' and 'Erosion'. The bronze dance figures express organic forms as tensile elements and are inspired by the dynamic forms of contemporary dancers.

By using flexible, sinuous materials to create the original model, the dancers raw and exposed movement is conveyed and by leaving out a lot of mass within the sculpture and exposing wires outside of the main form, a vision of movement is created - where the limb may have been or the extremes of a dancer’s movement contained within that pose. I work on a commission basis whilst also producing pieces for exhibitions.

1984-1985 Chelsea School of Art, London - Foundation
1988-1992 Middlesex Polytechnic, BA Hons Scientific Illustration (Graphics)
1993-1996 Freelance illustrator, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
1996-2010 Part time graphic designer, The Architects Design Group, Plymouth
1998-present Sculptor

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