An exhibition of driftwood sculptures by James Doran-Webb is being held in the grounds of Trinity Manor from Monday 21 November to Wednesday 23 November.
James writes: ‘I am eternally grateful to Paul and Pam Bell for inviting me to hold my Christmas exhibition in the grounds of Trinity Manor. This is one of my most exciting exhibitions to date – not least because 30% of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.
‘My latest work breaks new ground – of the 20 new sculptures which I will be exhibiting, Muscovado the Rearing Stallion is the largest. He is my first serious foray into charring my driftwood. He is made more dramatic by the long swaves of pitted wood used for his mane and tail. All reinforced with marine grade stainless steel for longevity.
‘I have made four spectacular water features for the exhibition: “Airborne” the swan, “Pick-Up” the Eagle, “Puffin’s Delight” and “Success!” The Kingfisher. Each bird is mounted on its own stainless steel pedestal from which water drops to a subterranean bath to be recycled.
‘The sculptures rely heavily on my metal working skills to bring them alive. Take the Puffin’s webbed foot for example, made in my workshop from scrap stainless steel. Two of the 3 webbed toes are conduits delivering water to the beak and the elevated back foot. Almost all the stainless steel used in the water features are reclaimed from salvaged ships.
‘My Sunflower Hare also makes use of the same skills – five stainless steel sunflowers, beaten from recycled sheet, sand blasted and finished in both patina and automotive lacquer, suspend a wonderfully weightless gliding hare. As with the birds, I have used a dash of paint here and there to accentuate the metal work. All pieces are able to go outdoors or indoors.
‘I have also made a collection of smaller pieces ranging from Wobble Duckling, a little duckling stood on an ovular base made from verdigrised stainless steel to my Well Rounded Frogs. Many other unforgettable characters await at my Christmas exhibitions!
‘Please do visit www.jamesdoranwebb.co.uk for more info and drop me a message if you would like to visit the exhibition. Please note that the exhibition is strictly by invitation only.’
Images to illustrate the descriptions above can be found in this blog: www.jamesdoranwebb.co.uk/blog/categories/news/fire-and-water