De Construction By James Dudley-Ward

Living in Stoke-on-Trent and in a Victorian terraced neighbourhood for twelve years, has provided me with a rich and fascinating urban experience to excite and inform my creative evolution. My multiple perceptions of this reality and the inexhaustible configurators that are manifested in this built environment with a limited vocabulary of formal elements continually excites and astonishes my eyes and brain.

Drawing and painting is the foundation upon which I stand and from which a wider practice has emerged For over forty years an appreciation and sensitivity to architecture, buildings and structures has consistently attracted my artist’s eye and informed my creativity.

In 2012 a long term inclination to work with three dimensions was fuelled by impulses and thoughts that directed and compelled my work into exploring the three dimensional actuality that my two dimensional work had for so long been addressing.

This exhibition reveals the twelve year developmental journey that I and my work have undertaken instinctively, from close observation of my environment, through identifying abstract elements within it, through exploring the three dimensional forms revealed and the ‘negative’ spaces/form that surrounds or is contained by them and most recently exploring the geometry integral to forms and spaces.

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