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Peter Randall-Page: Sculpture and Drawings 1977-1992

18 April - 21 June 1992

Peter Randall-Page

Peter Randall-Page: installation view, Inverleith House, 1992.  

This retrospective, of sculpture and drawings by Peter Randall-Page was the first devoted to an artist who has established a reputation as one of the leading British sculptors working with carving in stone. Ancaster Weatherbed, Ashburton, Bardiglio, Bath, Blue Lias, Carrara, Clipsham, Cornish Portland, Purbeck, Verde Patricia, Weldon and not least of all, dark, mysterious Kilkenny Limestone, is the ‘ancient and beautiful' material Randall-Page uses to create his immensely powerful, sensuously worked forms, full of virility and adventure , evoking organic shapes found in nature - cones, fossils, fruits, plants, seeds, shells - magnified to an heroic scale. His impressive body of work, made it clear that stone carving, which has been one of the essential and central pursuits of modern sculpture since the pioneering period before the Great War, remains very much alive in Britain and is still susceptible to infinite subtleties and invention. It is a matter of great satisfaction and delight that one of Randall-Page's finest carvings, Red Fruit of 1987, and a magnificent twelve-part charcoal drawing entitled Fruiting Bodies, 1990, measuring 12 feet by 32 feet, as well as a more modest drawing, Variations, 1987, have found their way into the permanent collection of Leeds City Art Gallery.

Peter Randall-Page

Peter Randall-Page: installation view, Inverleith House, 1992.  

Peter Randall-Page

Peter Randall-Page: installation view, Inverleith House, 1992.  

All works courtesy of the artist. 

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