Tuesday 21st September – Sunday 26th September
Cromwell Place, London SW7 2JE
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“For people familiar with my work this series of carvings may come as a surprise for I have made a complete change from abstract to figurative. The need to acknowledge the change which settled on the world during the pandemic took a little while to manifest itself with me, but when it came, it came with a rush.
Carving human heads felt like the right thing to do at a time when humanity itself was being threatened, tested and challenged. What better way for me than to turn my attention inwards and return to this most enduring of sculptural forms.
I never set out to carve a likeness of anyone; these heads remain, in a way, abstract. I assemble the parts and try and make them fit together in a way that I like. It is only when I stand back that I see someone. Someone new, or old. Who is it, this person that has grown from my subconscious? Nobody, or perhaps everybody?
I realise that for me they seem timeless and have a sense of something ancient. They could be from any era, their race as unclear and shifting as their gender. I am also conscious that I am creating a statue, albeit a statue of no one in particular, in a time when the very existence of statues is in question.” William Peers
Watch the short film of the carving of ORIGIN XIV over the summer of 2021.
A film of the carving of the largest head, from start to finish.
The exhibition at Everard Read London included 15 new sculptures, carved in Carrara or Portuguese marble. A e-catalogue of the exhibition is available to download here. All sculptures are also featured on our ‘Freestanding’ page.
Peers often produces series of work by following boundaries and rules, then works through the process, exploring the forms that emerge. Recently he has been investigating the movement of a line freed from the earth, travelling in space like an air current, weightless and uninhibited. The result was a series of sculptures with continuous loops, each one the journey of a slight volume through space. This new collection of sculptures is an exploration of the process of interrupting this loop.
“The point at which the form begins and ends seems to desire an event – a resolution. A trumpet head has been one solution. In other cases, the form has started to grow out of the base. I like the fact that this process has given rise to a shift towards figuration. We are at once reminded of creatures and plants in nature.” William Peers
A short film connected to the exhibition, and describing the process of carving in marble can be played above.
2021 on form unlocked, group exhibition – Asthall Manor, Oxfordshire
2020 ‘Still’ – group exhibition, Everard Read London
2020 Moorwood Art group exhibition, Somerset
2020 on form sculpture, group exhibition – Asthall Manor, Oxfordshire
2019 ‘Fanfare’ – Everard Read London
2018 Solo exhibition ‘A Line in Space’ – John Martin Gallery, London
2017 Group exhibition – Moncrieff-Bray Gallery
2017 Group exhibition – Josie Eastwood Fine Art
2016 Solo exhibition ‘The Space Between’ – CIRCA (now Everard Read) London
2016 on form sculpture, group exhibition – Asthall Manor, Oxfordshire
2016 Art 16, group exhibition – John Martin Gallery, London
2016 CIRCA London, opening group exhibition – London
2014 on form sculpture, group exhibition – Asthall Manor, Oxfordshire
2014 Solo exhibition ‘Carvings in Marble’ – John Martin Gallery, London
2013 on form London, group exhibition – The Crypt, St Pancras Church
2012 Woburn Artbeat, group exhibition – Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire
2012 Sculptural, group exhibition – Coombe Trenchard, Devon
2012 on form sculpture, group exhibition – Asthall Manor, Oxfordshire
2012 Pertaining to Things Natural, group exhibition – John Martin Gallery at Chelsea Physic Garden
2011 Glyndebourne Festival, group exhibition – East Sussex
2011 Joze London, group exhibition – London
2010 ’10 Joze Show, group exhibition – Sussex
2010 on form sculpture, group exhibition – Asthall Manor, Oxfordshire
2010 Solo exhibition ‘100 Days’ – John Martin Gallery, London
2009 Art London, group exhibition – John Martin Gallery, London
2009 ’09 Joze Show, group exhibition – Sussex
2009 Sculpture at Woburn, group exhibition – Sladmore Gallery at Woburn Abbey,
2008 on form Sculpture, group exhibition – Asthall Manor, Oxfordshire
2008 The Secret Garden, group exhibition – Solomon Gallery, Dublin
2007 New Work in Marble – John Martin Gallery, London
2006 Art London – John Martin Gallery, London
2006 Joint exhibition with Neale Howells – Moncrieff-Bray Gallery, Sussex
2005 Stone Carvings, solo exhibition – John Martin Gallery, London
2003 Chelsea Flower Show
2002 The Armoury Show, New York
2002 Wall-hung carvings, solo exhibition – John Martin Gallery, London
2001 Three Eastern Heads, Art2001, Business Design Centre
2000 Eight carvings, Summer Exhibition – John Martin Gallery, London
1998 New Artists 1998, Group Show – John Martin Gallery, London
1997 Group shows – John Martin Gallery, London
1996 Exhibition of carvings – John Martin Gallery, London
1995 One man exhibition of prints & interior form sculptures – Hyde Park Gallery,
1994 Joint family exhibition – Hereford
1993 Exhibition of carvings – Gigondas, France
1992 Exhibited works for Oxford ‘Art Week’
1991 Exhibited stone carvings – Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London