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Michael Westbrook
 
Michael Westbrook  

 

Past Exhibitions:

National trust gardens and galleries i.e. four years at Blickling hall.

Cambridge Open Studios - 2005-2011

Bergh Apton sculpture trail

 
 

Michael Westbrook's sculptures are created in two conjoined sheds at the end of his garden in the village of Dry Drayton.

Mike says, "The journey to concrete sculpture is long and logical starting with wood carving, though a satisfyingly slow process when the ideas keep flowing.  A move to ceramics fixed that problem for ten years but the constraints of my kiln kept my work small. The solution was concrete, which is a beautiful medium with no restraints to my flights of imagination.  I was trained by an eclectic group of evening classes in all the disciplines above over the last twenty years.”

The artistic content is drawn from things as simple a curving limb, a subtle profile.  All can be incorporated into his sculptures’, probably on a subliminal level, known feature’s appear as the steel mesh is twisted and pushed into shape.  Once satisfied with the shape, the surface becomes the focus adding incisions or lines to cure blandness and draw the eye.  Mike likes his designs to demand attention in the garden, to light dark corners, or enhance blank vistas.

Inspiration is drawn from almost anything visual or just popping into his head at night followed by adapting and refining these ideas seems to work well.  He needs a design to draw the eye, have a gentle nature and fine lines. Though no Westbrook trait will appear as repetitive pieces of the same model soon lead to a lack of enthusiasm plus a burning desire to try something new.

 

 
 
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