An exhibition by the renowned British sculptor Nigel Hall RA

4 May – 2 June 2013 | Jack Colville Hall

“My work has always been about place. I am fascinated by the way geometry can be discerned in landscape.”

—Nigel Hall RA

Churchill College presents an exhibition of large indoor sculptures and drawings by renowned British sculptor, Nigel Hall RA. The exhibition coincides with the unveiling of a major new public sculpture by the artist – Bigger Bite (2010) Bronze, edition 1/3, on the University of Cambridge’s Sidgwick Site and a large outdoor work at Churchill College – Southern Shade V (2012) Bronze, edition 1/3.

Hall is one of the foremost sculptors of his generation. His preoccupation with space, balance and geometric forms has led him to create some of the most beautiful works of sculpture to have been produced in the UK over the last thirty years.

The changing relationships between space and form that occur when walking in landscape is paralleled in his practice, in which both movement and stillness is expressed. The exhibition will encompass a selection of sculptures of varying materials; bronze, steel, painted aluminium and MDF, ranging from intimate to grand-scale.

Photograph of the Jack Colville Hall containing the Nigel Hall sculptures and drawings as part of the Nigel Hall RA exhibition.

Accompanying these works are large, lyrical charcoal and gouache drawings, in which the deep, saturated pigments give weight to the lightness of the graceful curvilinear lines. The drawings are impressive in size, but never imposing, achieving a choreographed balance of form and space.

As the Curator of the exhibition, Barry Phipps suggests, “Someone once said that painting is so poetic, while sculpture is more logical and scientific and makes you worry about gravity. In this way, through our collection and exhibitions, Churchill College strives to bring the best works of sculpture into conversation with our world-leading researchers across both the sciences and humanities. Through Nigel Hall’s sculptures, within the context of the University, we find an outstanding opportunity to talk.”

About Nigel Hall

Nigel Hall was born in 1943 in Bristol and studied at The Royal College of Art, London, where he later became a tutor. He was Head of MA Sculpture at Chelsea School of Art and a faculty member of the British School in Rome. He is well represented in numerous public collections in the UK and also the USA, Asia, Australia and Europe. These include Tate, London; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Nationalgalerie, Berlin; Kunsthalle, Zurich and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Exhibition curated by Barry Phipps, Fellow of Churchill College.

Photo: Southern Shade V (2012) Bronze, edition 1/3 and Bigger Bite (2010) Bronze, edition 1/3 Photo credit: Sir Cam, University of Cambridge.