ALEXANDRA HARLEY ARBS*
SCULPTURES IN WOOD, STONE & PAPER
Alexandra Harley is a London-based sculptor whose abstract wood sculptures are lively carved constructions with a rich variety of textures; She has recently started working in stone. She trained at St Martins School of Art and Wimbledon School of Art. She has had two solo exhibitions, and has participated in numerous exhibitions, including Andy Goldsworthy and Alexandra Harley at the Gables Yard Gallery in Norfolk and Bankside Browsers at London's Tate Gallery. In 2005, she was Broadstairs 'tatters' Artist in Residence for Broadstairs Folk Week.
Alexandra Harley runs several courses in the sculpture department at City Lit: read about her teaching here. Now she says:
"I am running carving classes in my well-equipped (but sometimes messy!) studio, which is close by the Olympic stadium in Stratford, east London.
"I can run sessions at times to suit and can have 1:1 sessions or small groups up to 4 people. With such small groups I am able to offer bespoke teaching for all levels of ability and interest. You can come and see if carving is the thing for you or finish a piece that you started ages ago, sign up for a regular session or have a one off 'drop in', I am very flexible!
"I have been teaching over-subscribed classes in London for many years and some of my students have gone on to become professionals and have had work selected for prestigious exhibitions. Contact me for - very reasonable - prices.
"Please be aware that I have an energetic and friendly 'apprentice' Polly the Cocker Spaniel.
Contact me via email:
"I look forward to some happy carving!"
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These sculptures convey a sense of movement, animation and an expressed feeling of imbalance and unease. I am inspired by, trying to capture movement in the natural world, including the moving figure. I try to encapsulate a combination of movements rather than just a static pose. I look beneath the skin to expose the underlying movements, rather than the outer surface which masks the tensions and stresses contained within...
Alex blogs at alexharley-asculptorslife.blogspot.co.uk
An animated sculpture by Alexandra Harley, video by Andrew Pierce:
*Associate of the Royal Society of British Sculptors
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Last update: 8th December 2013