Ed Willis says: "I have no formal training in art, although my father was a painter who also taught fine art. Instead, I have a degree in philosophy from Bristol University.

I have always been interested in painting and drawing and began making simple mobiles as nursery decorations following the birth of my first son in 1997. I became interested in more sculptural possibilities after seeing the work of Alexander Calder.

I draw a lot of my inspiration from animal and plant forms. Pieces are often suggestive of skeletal structures, usually in the abstract, though sometimes more clearly resembling particular plants or creatures. I often think of my sculptures as “suspended animations” lying at rest, waiting for a passing breeze to breathe life into them".

The sculptures are intended to be enjoyed both as elegant, striking forms and as objects for contemplation and meditation. The viewer is invited to consider the way in which the various parts of the work are placed in opposition to one another in a series of weights and counterweights. Whilst each sculpture outwardly expresses a settled tranquility, it actually relies for its existence on the internal tensions resulting from the pull of each part against every other in a kind of “dynamic equilibrium”.

Artwork

Credentials

Selected Exhibitions

  • August 2019
    Whitespace Art, Totnes
  • July 2019
    Robert Fogell Gallery, Stamford
  • June 2019
    Bath Society of Artists Open Exhibition
  • May 2019
    Delamore Arts, Plymouth
  • April 2019
    Cotswold Sculptor Park, Cirencester
  • April 2016
    Bath Society of Artists Open Exhibition
  • February 2019
    David Simon Contemporary, Bath
  • November 2018
    New Ashgate Gallery
  • September 2018
    Art 4 Africa, Fundraising
  • June 2018
    Celebrating Art in the garden, Urchfont Manor, Wiltshire
  • May 2018
    Haymakers Gallery, Hay-on-Wye
  • April 2018
    Fresh: Art Fair, Cheltenham
  • March 2018
    Bath Society of Artists Open Exhibition
  • March 2018
    Affordable Art Fair, Battersea
  • February 2018
    David Simon Contemporary, Bath
  • December 2017
    New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, Christmas exhibition
  • June 2017
    David Simon Contemporary, Bath
  • May 2017
    Bath Society of Artists Open Exhibition
  • March 2017
    Affordable Art Fair, Battersea.
  • April 2019
    Cotswold Sculptors Association, Malmesbury
  • August 2016
    Robert Fogell Gallery, Stamford. 10th anniversary show
  • March 2016
    Serena Hall Gallery, Southwold