Martin and Gaynor make sculpture in wood, from half-ton monumental forms for a secret garden, to vessels sewn together from sections of veneer weighing a few grammes. They work together on every stage of the pieces, and have been collaborating full time since 1997. What all of their pieces share is the central role of the hand and of hand tools, primarily through carving.

 

Martin and Gaynor work on different bodies of work concurrently, so they are continuing their series of still life groupings both in monochrome and colour at the same time as making significant single pieces.

 

One of their most significant experiences as makers was their three month residency at the Center for Art in Wood in Philadelphia, investigating combining traditional carving techniques with stitching and working with veneers.

 

Martin and Gaynor have lived and worked together in Stroud, Gloucestershire, in England's Cotswold hills since 1997.

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Selected Solo Exhibitions

 

2019 Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

2015 Traver Gallery, Seattle USA

2014 Yorkshire Sculpture Park

2009 Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

2006 Medici Gallery, London

2005 Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

2003 Plateaux Gallery, London

2003 Roger Bilcliffe Gallery, Glasgow

2002 Beaux Arts, Bath

2002 Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

2002 Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London

2001 Sarah Myerscough Fine Art

1999 Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

 

2019 ‘Collect’, Crafts Council at the Saatchi Gallery, London

2019 ‘Scorched’ Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London

2019 ‘Fresh Air’, Quennington,Gloucestershire

2016 Traver Gallery, Seattle USA
2015-16 Mouvements Moderne, Paris
2014 'Beyond Boundaries', Collectors of Wood Art at SOFA Chicago
2014 'The Carving of the Wood' Craft Study Centre, Farnham
2014 'Exempla' Internazionale Handwerksmesse, Munich, Germany
2014 ‘Shades of White’, Traver Gallery, Seattle USA
2013 All-turnatives, The Center for Art in Wood, Philadelphia
2004-2015 Collect, Crafts Council, at the Saatchi Gallery, London
2007-8 Shy Boy, She Devil, and Isis, Museum of Fine Art, Boston
2007 Crafts Council Showcase, V & A Museum, London
2005 Carlin Gallery, Paris
2004 onwards Snyderman Gallery, Philadelphia
2003 OUT THERE. Craft Outside Crafts Council Gallery, London
2002 THINKING BIG: 21st Century British Sculpture,Guggenheim Collection, Venice
2002 World Wood Museum of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland
2002 Sculpture at Goodwood, New Concepts Gallery
2001 The Unexpected, Sotheby's New York
1999 25 Years, Crafts Council at the V&A
1999 Contemporary Decorative Arts, Sotheby's, London

 

Major Collections

 

Philadelphia Museum of Art USA

Wornick Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston USA

The Center for Art in Wood, Philadelphia USA

Honolulu Museum of Art, Hawaii, USA

Bressler Collection, Maryland USA

Waterbury Collection, Minneapolis USA

Crafts Council, London UK

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge UK

Middlesborough Institute of Modern Art

Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery UK

Ruskin Gallery, Sheffield UK

Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead UK

 

Recent Commissions

 

'Leafwall' Westonbirt Arboretum new Welcome Building, Gloucestershire UK

Norwood Triangle redevelopment project, Cheltenham

Sculptural benches for Cotswold Water Park

'Hands on History' Northampton Museum and Art Gallery

'Word-Tree' sculpture for Everest Community College, Basingstoke

'Waveforms' public sculpture for 'The Phillimores' development, in Kensington

Two sculptures for Craftbox Wolverhampton

'Magus' public sculpture for 'Ocean One' development, Florida

Cunard: three major sculptures for the cruise ship 'Arcadia'