For many of us I guess it is our extra-curricular activities which provide the stimulation and energy in our lives and the day job is simply a means to an end. And this, I suspect, is particularly true of most artists. Just occasionally though, such in the case of the sculptor Tony Cragg, it is the day job which has inspired their artistic creativity and vision. Tony apparently began life as a lab technician in the rubber industry, and even now 50 years later you get a strong sense of moulds and wobbling rubber in his work.
Tony is now a renowned sculptor, and his day job is sculpting. Earlier this year we were lucky enough to stumble across the largest exhibition of his work in the UK. The exhibition was at the wonderful Yorkshire Sculpture Park as part of their 40th anniversary celebrations. We didn’t know it was on at the time, I was just keen to return to YSP as I had not been for over 20years and MrB had never been.
Tony has been creating for more than 5 decades but this was the first time I had ever heard of him let alone enjoyed his extraordinary sculptures. Must admit my favourites were all inside the Underground Gallery, there was just something about how they filled a room. However the ones outside were also extraordinary, and at least you could get up much closer outside!
Unfortunately Tony’s exhibition in the Underground Gallery has now closed but there is still plenty to see at YSP as Jude and Jo can testify from their visits this year and also last! Do visit their blogs if you have never been to the park. And I will share my Tony Cragg selection from the Underground Gallery later this week but if you cannot wait until my next post take a look at Tony’s website.