Revealing the skills behind the sculpture and explaining what goes into producing a piece of work is the focus of the latest Artist Residency at Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre.
Goodwick-based sculptor Darren Yeadon is exhibiting his striking works as current Artist in Residence at Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre, owned and managed by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority. The Centre provides the perfect setting for Darren’s pieces inspired by natural, ancient and mystical landscapes.
Fallen Abbey - Whitby limestone - Darren Yeadon
Oriel y Parc Manager Paula Ellis said: “Darren’s craftsmanship and talent in stonemasonary and sculpture, and his experience with marble in Italy, is evident in the range of pieces on display throughout the building and grounds of West Wales’ major art centre.
“There’s such a variety of stone he works with, from Carrara marble, once used by Michaelangelo, bluestone from the Preseli Hills, limestone, gritstone and sandstone. Each type of stone has different challenges as a sculpting material, and it’s fascinating for our visitors to learn about the materials and processes he goes through to produce a piece of work.
“For this exhibition he has made several standing stone type sculptures which complement the landscape and aesthetics of the building which are displayed throughout the courtyard and grounds of Oriel y Parc.”
Bluefish - Preseli bluestone - Darren Yeadon
Darren, who experienced a near-fatal car accident over ten years ago, discovered his artistic talent as part of his recuperation process. His pre-accident seven-year apprenticeship as a stonemason in Yorkshire sparked off an interest in working directly in this medium.
Darren said: “I’m very honoured to take up this residency. It’s a great opportunity to meet people and a great location to meet up with those who have supported me over the years.
The past few years I have been working with Italian marble. I’ve carved the odd piece from Preseli bluestone, which can be viewed in Oriel y Parc. Over the past year I’ve gone back to my roots, carving Whitby sandstone, and I’ve included several pieces in this exhibition.”
You can meet Darren and watch him at work every Wednesday from 10am to 4pm during his residency until August 3rd.
Telephone Oriel y Parc on 01437 720 392 or go to www.orielyparc.co.uk for further information.
Viso - Carrara marble - Darren Yeadon
Published 19 July 2012