Edward Willis Biography - Atherton Green Art
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Ed Willis

I often think of my sculptures as “suspended animations”

I have no formal training in art, although my father was a painter who also taught fine art. Instead, I have a degree in philosophy from Bristol University.

I have always been interested in painting and drawing and began making simple mobiles as nursery decorations following the birth of my first son in 1997. I became interested in the more sophisticated sculptural possibilities of the form after seeing the work of Alexander Calder.

 

 

 

I draw a lot of my inspiration from animal and plant forms. The work is often suggestive of skeletal structures, usually in the abstract, though sometimes more clearly resembling particular plants or creatures. I often think of my sculptures as “suspended animations” lying at rest, waiting for a passing breeze to breathe life into them.

 

 

 

The sculptures are intended to be enjoyed both as elegant, striking forms and as objects for contemplation and meditation. Whilst each sculpture outwardly appears to express a settled tranquillity, it actually relies for its existence on the internal tensions resulting from the pull of one part against every other. Thus, the whole is comprised of individual elements that work in collaboration to produce a system in a kind of dynamic equilibrium.

 

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Selected Group Exhibitions
February 2019

David Simon Contemporary, Bath

November 2018

New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, Winter Exhibition

June 2018

Celebrating Art in the Garden, Urchfont Manor, Wiltshire

May 2018

Haymakers Gallery, Hay-on-Wye

April 2018

Fresh: Art Fair, Cheltenham, with White Space Art

March 2018

Bath Society of Artists Open Exhibition

March 2018

Affordable Art Fair, Battersea. with White Space Art

December 2017

New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, Christmas exhibition

November 2017

Robert Fogell Gallery, Stamford, Christmas exhibition

July 2017

Serena Hall Gallery, Southwold

June 2017

David Simon Contemporary, Bath

May 2017

Bath Society of Artists Open Exhibition

March 2017

Affordable Art Fair, Battersea. White Space Art stand.

October 2016

44AD, Bath, joint show

August 2016

Robert Fogell Gallery, Stamford. 10th anniversary show

April 2016

Bath Society of Artists Open Exhibition

Feb. 2016

Dancing Light Gallery, Edinburgh

Nov. 2015

Oil and Water Gallery, London, Featured Artist

Oct. 2015

Artery Gallery, St Andrews

Sept. 2015

Affordable Art Fair, Bristol. White Space Art stand

May 2015

Participation in “Art In and Out of the Garden”, Cambridge

May 2015

Bath Society of Artists, Open Exhibition

March 2015

Serena Hall Gallery, Southwold

 

Large Commissions
Oct 2000

Holmes Place Health Club, Kensington –  2 mobiles for bar area

June 2005

St. George’s Hospital, London –  mobile for Children’s waiting room and for Reception area of Atkinson Morley wing.

 

Press

Recently appeared in World of Interiors Magazine