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Meet the Artist – Geoff Jeal

Posted on January 31, 2022 by Laura - | 0 comments

From the smooth and tactile simplicity of pieces like Fallen Seed, to the  stunningly patinaed and textured Lenticula Cloud, Geoff's exquisite bronze sculpture are capable of portraying both strength and grace, through the expert crafting of sensuous fluid lines and exaggerated scale.

He was trained, and still works, as a skilled chaser and finisher at the Lockbund Foundry, Banbury. And his professional experience in this environment helped hone his own skills as a sculptor.

A Fine Art casting studio foundry, established in 1993 by artists Simon Allison and Jane Hamilton, Lockbund predominantly cast in bronze, but also in a variety of other materials including stainless steel, aluminium, silver, lead, pewter, brass, jesmonite, resin & concrete.

It was here, under the tutelage of Lockbund founder and fellow sculptor Simon Allison, that Geoff flourished and was able to really develop his own artistic skills.

Working on sculpture projects by renowned artists like Hamish Mackie, Bridget McCrumb, Jane Hamilton and David Wynne had a positive influence on his method of working, and aided him in evolving his own sculpting style.

In 2009 Geoff began exhibiting his own work at the now well established Oxfordshire Art Week open studio exhibitions, and has since gone on to exhibit at galleries including Porthminster Gallery St. Ives, Bristol Gallery, various local exhibitions and garden open days in Oxfordshire, and in grand and beautiful locations like Doddington Hall, and the prominent Sculpt exhibition at Kew Gardens.

Having spent much of his life living and working in the rural English countryside, Geoff has formed a deep appreciation of the organic landscape and the changing seasons.

Taking inspiration from natural forms, and the cycle of development that each season brings, is evident in his stylised and elegant works, which powerfully portray fragile elements like delicate leaves sprouting and seed husks blowing on the breeze.

Of his work he says that he “takes inspiration from the natural world that surrounds us, picks it apart and reassembles it with a new perspective”, and invites the viewer to appreciate the simple form of some of the most complex ecological structures.

Stunning pieces, such as Seed form large scale depictions of some of the smaller elements in nature. Their over-sized likenesses highlight their beauty and significance in the rhythm of nature.

Head over to our online gallery to browse and buy from Geoff's current collection of spectacular bronze sculpture embracing the beauty of the natural world.

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