4th Floor Gallery
Forms in Light and Shade: Recent Sculpture and Drawings
13 March–14 May 2005
"My work has always been about place. I am fascinated by the way geometry can be discerned in landscape." – Nigel Hall
Nigel Hall is one of Britain’s most distinguished sculptors. His works, principally made of polished wood or steel, are concerned with three dimensional space, mass and line. His abstract and geometric sculptures give as much prominence to voids and shadows as to the solidity of material and each work changes with light and viewpoint reflecting the landscapes that inspired them.
The sculptures in this exhibition showed Hall’s characteristic use of geometry - cones, circles, arcs and ellipses overlap and intercept one another, sometimes projecting into space and sometimes forming complimentary recesses and cavities.
21 recent wood and steel sculptures were displayed alongside 11 new drawings. Nigel Hall’s drawings were not preparatory to his sculptures but each informs the other - both exploiting similar shapes and motifs. The drawings in this exhibition included a set using strong colour contrasting with dark textural charcoal.
Nigel Hall was born in 1943 in Bristol and studied at the West of England college of Art, Bristol and The Royal College of Art, London. His first one-man exhibition was at Galerie Givaudan, Paris in 1967 and since then he has exhibited extensively worldwide. He is well represented in numerous public collections in USA, Asia, Australia and Europe including the Tate Gallery, London, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art. He has also undertaken many private and public large-scale site-specific commissions. In 2004 he had a major exhibition of sculptures and drawings at the Kunsthalle Mannheim, Germany.