Spot the sculptures at Coworth Park
This autumn, award-winning sculptor Carol Peace has added to her collection of work on proud display in the grounds of Coworth Park. Presented in collaboration with Alan Kluckow Fine Art, a local art gallery in nearby Sunningdale, this wonderful permanent display makes an autumnal walk through the hotel’s picturesque parkland even more enjoyable. Be sure to look out for these hidden gems – some are easier to spot than others.
The collection includes both life-size bronzes and much smaller figures, on both scales there is a sense of tenderness and peace. Carol describes her work as expressing, “The extraordinariness and magnitude of the simplicity of the touch of a partner, the closeness of love.”
Having worked as a successful sculptor for 25 years, Carol has been involved in exhibitions across the UK and abroad, numerous public and private commissions, as well as her own solo shows in London, Athens, Zurich and beyond. Described in a recent article as ‘enduringly popular’, Carol originally studied sculpture at Winchester School of Art and drawing at The Royal Drawing School.
As founder of the Bristol Drawing School and patron of RWA, Bristol’s first art gallery, Carol Peace is a figurative sculptor who could not work without drawing. The intuitive process of drawing is what she aims for in her sculptures. Using disciplines and observation skills derived from life drawing, Carol sculpts in clay before casting in bronze or iron resin.
She explains, “The work is about everyday life, in its minutia, the sheer fantasticness of it all.”
Carol is always keen to push herself and has been testing new creative techniques. She also finds inspiration from the past, describing how her recent Leaves sculpture reminds her of an abstract piece she made during your second year at college. Harking back to earlier forms using armour, her piece entitled Petal represents nature, delicate and in need of protection.
Carol Peace’s feet are on the ground which has enabled her to connect and become a people’s artist, approachable and thoughtful, ‘one of us’. In her own words she says,“It’s about the rawness and confusion of being alive, the beauty and the complications of it, the freedom, exhilaration and the insecurities. This is not to say that all this is apparent in a piece of bronze but it is what makes me go to the studio.”
Stop by Coworth Park for lunch or afternoon tea and see Carol’s beautiful sculptures for yourself.