15.10.20 - 07.11.20
Over the past few years Peter’s annual solo show has become one of the most significant in our calendar. At 83, and still going strong, he is as active and creative as ever.
Spurred on by an endless fascination with glass, he continues to explore its myriad possibilities at a furious pace.
For Evolution, Peter has chosen to present Shibori, a new series inspired by his trip to Japan last year. Shibori is the name of an ancient Japanese tie-dye method of colouring fabric. Initially Peter sought to emulate the traditional indigo hues most commonly used for this process, but he soon felt the need to introduce more personal colourways into his experimental pieces. The complex colour technique originally developed at the time of creating Wheatfield (Peter’s series, created for the National Gallery, after Van Gogh’s painting) and subsequently Klimt Landscape have been further refined to achieve a continuous pattern of calligraphic mark making akin to ancient scripts.
The unexpected qualities of many of these works would normally dictate their selection as Archive pieces, but Peter has decided to include them in this exhibition as part of a sequence showing how the series has evolved. Each of these is offered as a collector’s item.
Peter Layton and the team at London Glassblowing are entering a new and exciting phase. Tim Rawlinson, our rising star, has become Peter’s son-in-law and they have opened a new studio together. The studio, located in Peckham, will specialise in kilncasting and coldworking and the development of casting, cutting and polishing sculptural works. We very much hope that this will develop into another creative hub like London Glassblowing in Bermondsey Street. It is Peter’s intention to illustrate this epic next step with a display of work that shows the evolution of some of the cut and polished work made in the new studio’s short history.
A further very exciting step in the evolution of London Glassblowing is the arrival of Peter’s daughter, a successful practising artist/printmaker, who has joined London Glassblowing, where she is being mentored by Peter and his team. She is transferring her printmaking ideas and skills into developing unique, painterly glass objects. These works are in the process of being developed now. This exhibition will be the first that they have shown in together and will be the first viewing of Sophie’s glass art.
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