Artists' balancing act at Corinium Museum

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Artists' balancing act at Corinium Museum

The work of two very different Gloucestershire artists comes under the spotlight in a new exhibition at the Corinium Museum, Cirencester from September 8th to October 27th.

Working Artists – a Question of Balance features the work of artist and illustrator Darrell Warner and sculptor and conservator Andy Mitchell.

Museums Assistant Jane Bovenizer said: "For most working artists, maintaining a parallel life is a matter of artistic survival. These artists walk a tightrope between their personal arts and their professional, money-making work or social position.

"This exhibition is about two such artists who have managed to maintain this balance. Both have successful professional careers which contain or implement the disciplines used in their personal artwork."

Darrell Warner began illustrating professionally in the early 1980s, following graduation from Falmouth College of Art. In 1985 he became a co-founding member of a successful illustrating studio in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, where he further developed many of his watercolour techniques, and worked on many major campaigns from Ford Europe to British Airways.

Darrell later established his own studio and continued to craft quality illustration projects for publishers, illustrating classics from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights.

Now living in Gloucestershire, Darrell continues to pursue his sensitive, often reflective figurative work, yet remains fully ensconced in the world of illustration, working for the major film studios from Disney to Dreamworks on exciting projects such as King Arthur and Pirates of the Caribbean.

Andy Mitchell studied sculpture in London during the 1970s. Since then he has worked as a sculptor and bronze founder, working from a studio and foundry at his home in Gloucestershire.

He is a highly-recognised expert on the conservation and restoration of metal sculpture and architectural metalwork. He was responsible for the restoration of all the metal sculptures on the Albert Memorial in Hyde Park, London, winning a Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Building Conservation Award for his work. Major clients include English Heritage, The National Trust and the British Museum.

He is an elected Brother of the Art Workers Guild and a Professional Accredited Conserver and Restorer.

Posted : 24/08/2007 12:04:39

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