Gerry Judah’s solo exhibition BENGAL: The Four Elements marks a unique collaboration between Grizedale Forest and internationally acclaimed artist Gerry Judah, bringing together a striking body of work built over nearly a decade and originally commissioned by the Arts Council England.
Visually forceful and sensitively crafted, Gerry Judah’s works poetically engage with prescient issues of climate change in India whilst also exploring the artist’s personal history. Drawing on essential natural elements in his exquisitely detailed sculptures, Judah constructs the intangible: clouds shift, waves splash and smoke rises. Works on display include drawings and sculptures dating from 2013- 2020.
Hazel Stone, Arts Development Manager for Forestry England at Grizedale Forest said: “We are delighted to able to instal the work and open the exhibition at Grizedale Forest . Visitors to the gallery will gain insight into a sculptor’s process, from thinking through ideas and forms through drawing to the production of beautifully crafted sculptures.
“A common theme are rickshaws from which each response to the individual elements ﬂow as the artist brings together his childhood memories and thoughts on climate change into dynamic drawings and fascinating forms.”
Examples of the BENGAL series have recently been exhibited at the High Commission of India and Wolverhampton Art Gallery. Other major works by Gerry Judah are currently on permanent display at institutional venues ranging from the Imperial War Museum to St Paul’s Cathedral, the House of Wisdom in Sharjah UAE and international sculpture parks such as Cass Sculpture Foundation, UK and Gibbs Farm Sculpture Park, New Zealand.
The gallery space at Grizedale provides a perfect setting to view these thought provoking works. The exhibition is free and open daily, 11am until 3pm. BENGAL: The Four Elements runs until 9 September.