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Colin Caffell BAHons - Camberwell

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Sculptor Colin Caffell BAHons - Camberwell
Colin Caffell in Cornwall

About Colin Caffell

His sculptures are sensual, often erotic. Drawing frequently upon archetypal symbolism, his work is rich in the textures of human tenderness and passion ignited by a strong fascination with the quality and form of sensuality, and how we express ourselves and our relationship with the world through our bodies.
Sculptor Colin Caffell BAHons - Camberwell
Working on 2/3 lifesize full figure portrait

Exhibition History of Colin Caffell

Regularly showing at:
Belgravia Gallery, Albemarle Street, London.

Cornwall Contemporary, Parade Street, Penzance, Cornwall

Roundhouse Gallery, Sennen Cove, Cornwall..

Savoy House, Old Churchtown, Mullion, Cornwall

July 2009: Colin wins a public vote to produce a Memorial to Cornish Tin Mining in West Cornwall.

October 2009: Lamorna Arts Festival. Renaissance Exhibition where the new Lamorna art colony were challenged to each re-interpret a work by one of the original
Lamorna Colony. I used Laura Knight`s "Self and nude" (1919) as my starting point placing an image of myself within a glass installation.

Dates in 2008:
July 3rd - August 22nd: Group Figurative Exhibition, Limehouse Gallery, Basin Approach, Limehouse, Docklands, E14 7JG.

July 9th - 13th: Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) Gallery at the Henley Festival of the Arts, Oxfordshire

May 24th - June 8th: Lyme Regis Arts Festival, Dorset

May 24th - June 1st: Cornwall Open Studios 2008. Details upon request

May 24th: Galerie Pelar, Lelant, Cornwall. 2008 Summer Exhibition of Contemporary Garden Sculpture. Tel: 01736 758211

In 2007:
September: Lyme Regis Arts Festival
August: Mousehole Festival.
July: RBA at Henley Festival

In 2006:
July 5th - 9th: RBA Gallery at the Henley Festival of the Arts.

May 18th - 28th: Royal Society of British Artists (RBA), Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London

In 2005:
September 29th - October 8th: Summers Art Gallery, Dorking, Surrey

July 6th -10th: Royal Society of British Artists Gallery (RBA) at the Henley Festival of Music and the Arts

June 11th - 12th: Festival of Gardens and Arts, Henfield, E.Sussex

January 6th - 22nd: On The Edge. Essex Tyler Gallery, Mousehole, Cornwall, showing artists from West Penwith at the Arndean Gallery, Cork Street, London.

Previous exhibitions include:

One man shows:
April 1990: The Art of Partnership. The Universal Hall, Findhorn Foundation, Scotland

August 1994: Images from the Heart. The Gallery Bar, Grosvenor House, Mayfair

May 1999: Body and Soul. The Organic Caf? Gallery, Queens Park, London

Group exhibitions:
Twin Images I and Twin Images II. The Fine Art Society, Bond Street, London

Throwing initial form for Promethea

Biography / CV of Colin Caffell

Colin Caffell originally trained in Ceramics and 3-Dimensional Design at Camberwell School of Art, where he studied with a number of renowned teachers including Colin Pearson, Ewen Henderson and Ian Godfrey.
Colin went on to run his own pottery in London for a number of years before moving into the less abstract world of figurative sculpture.

He has exhibited throughout Great Britain and has work in private collections in Europe, South Africa and the U.S.A. In recent years he has exhibited with the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA), both at the Mall Galleries in London and at the Henley Festival of Music and the Arts.

He has been commissioned to create a six-foot figurative bronze to stand outside the Farnham Road Hospital in Guildford. He also undertakes portrait commissions, working throughout the country.

Colin`s relationship with West Cornwall, where he now lives, began when he was a student. He always thought of the area as his spiritual home, finding inspiration from the rugged beauty of the West Penwith landscape. Since moving from his previous home in Henley on Thames he has also returned to making pottery.

A subjective history: Born within walking distance of the noisy streets of London`s West End, the refined expanses of Regent`s Park and the smokey railway stations of Euston and St. Pancras, I have always been interested in the relationship of opposites: of man and nature for example; of mother/father and child, man and woman, body and soul or dark and light.

Frequent childhood visits to the British Museum, especially to the sculpture collections of ancient Egypt fired an early interest in the monumentality of man`s aspirations through art, and of how representations of mythology have played a key role in that.

Latterly, Carl Jung`s psychological explorations into the architecture of man`s symbols and mythology have added to that curiosity.

In the sculptural field, Auguste Rodin, a 19th century contemporary of the emerging psychological consciousness of Nietzsche and Freud, has been my greatest inspiration.

Much of my work has been prompted by images and experiences that life has thrown at me, both inner and outer. Many of these also turn out to be archetypal in nature in that they carry both a collective as well as personal meaning.

By the same token, the design is often spontaneously informed by my relationship with the material as the process of creation unfolds - as if the clay itself, and the serendipitous occurrences of that process have as much to say about the eventual outcome as the artist sitting at the armature.

There are even times when elements of that relationship and the creative process touch upon the mystical.

With this in mind, whether working from life or imagination, my focus is always to capture the essence or soul of my subject.

Artist Statement of Colin Caffell

Colin Caffell is a sculptor and ceramicist offering a range of sculptural services including portraiture, garden installations and original works, both traditional and contemporary.

Caffell works primarily in clay, modelling pieces to be cast in bronze, or creating porcelain and stoneware sculptures which are fired in the studio.

Reviews of work by Colin Caffell

A garden installation that appeared in the August/September 2006 issue of Cornwall Life.

For more information about the GeoCube installation and GeoCube Modular Concepts in general, please see its entry in the Sculpture Gallery on this site.
Tin Mining Memorial
Click here for press cuttings from The Cornishman, May 14th 2009 and the ballot result.

Click here and here for two articles from Cornish World about the Lamorna festival, 30th Sep - 6th Oct 2009 featuring Colin `s work.

Public Works of Colin Caffell

My design for a Memorial to Tin Mining in the St Just District of West Cornwall was selected against other entries by public vote (71%) the scaled up version of which will eventually stand at the gates of Geevor Mine, the last tin mine to work in this area. The final statue, including the plinth will stand approximately 3.5 meters high and will be cast in bronze. For more information about this visit www.stjustdistricttrust.co.uk A bronze edition of the original 21 inch maquette will be available next year (2011).

Influences / Inspiration of Colin Caffell

My greatest inluences as a sculptor have been Rodin and Donatello but on a personal level the late Vice President of the Royal Society of British Artists, sculptor Anthony Southwell, was very much my mentor. Also my final year tutor at Camberwell, the ceramic sculptor Ewen Henderson.

Price Range of Work

Colin Caffell's work has a price range from £375 to £20,000

Mediums utilised

Colin Caffell's work is found in the following materials:

Artwork Categorised

Colin Caffell's work is found in the following categories on site:
Nudes, Female Sculptures (4)
Females Women Girls Ladies Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines (3)
Abstract Contemporary or Modern Outdoor Outside Exterior Garden / Yard Sculptures Statues statuary (3)
Spherical Globe like Ball shaped Round Abstract Contemporary sculpture statue statuette (3)
Garden Or Yard / Outside and Outdoor Sculptures (2)
Sign of the Zodiac (2)
Water Features, Fountains and Cascades
Stylized People Sculptures
Poolside Sculptures
Mythical Sculptures
Figurative Abstract Modern or Contemporary Sculptures Statues statuary statuettes figurines
Earth Mother Gaia sculpture statue statuettes figurines
Abstract Modern Contemporary Avant Garde Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines statuary both Indoor Or outside
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