June 28, 2012: Gill at Gladstone Clayworks.
Gill at Gladstone Clayworks.
By Art Petch.
The Gladstone Clayworks hosted a workshop on clay relief sculpting by Richard Gill, a local artist with an international reputation on June 23rd.
Richard Gill is best known for his townscapes and architecturally strong clay relief sculptures. He has an amazing ability to capture perspectively accurate land and streetscapes. He can work from a photo of a scene taken from one perspective and produce a accurate relief sculpture of the scene from a totally different viewing point. In one example he stunned the recipient of a commission with a view of Budapest, Hungary which the long time resident knew could not be seen in real life because buildings totally block that view. He is the artist behind the mural in the Hintonburg Community Centre.
One of his most challenging commissions was for Neumann’s Catholic Church near Chicago, Illinois. Having previously sculpted Stations of the Cross for St John Bosco in Brockville and a mural of stations for Holy Redeemer in Kanata, he was asked to create a totally original and unique series of stations reflecting values. After much reading, studying and long theological discussions with the high ranking clergy in the Chicago archdiocese Richard’s series have been proclaimed as a totally new interpretation of a centuries old tradition.
Richard has been devoting to his career as an artist, to the exploration and perfection of relief sculpture at his Fog Run Studio in Burnstown, Ontario since 1972. Every year he designs and sculpts a complete body of new works for an Annual Fall Show at his studio gallery.
His Gladstone Clayworks is located at 949B Gladstone Avenue they often host workshops by leading clay artists and are a much appreciated resource for the Ottawa pottery community.
The opening of Richard Gill’s 40th anniversary fall show “Landmarks of the Mind “ is set for September and will continue until October 8.
For more information on these and other workshops visit http://www.ottawapottery.com ,
Web Extra: Photo: (Photos by Art Petch.)