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Malcolm Martin & Gaynor Dowling


Malcolm 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.

Working on different bodies of work concurrently, they continue to create their series of still life groupings in monochrome scorched and limed oak, 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.

Malcolm and Gaynor have lived and worked together in Gloucestershire since 1997 and have works held in over a dozen museum and public collections.

Artists CV

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2019 Stratford Gallery, Stratford on Avon
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, London
1999 Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

Selected Group Exhibitions
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, Sothebys, New York
1999 Crafts Council at the V&A
1999 Contemporary Decorative Arts, Sothebys, 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
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Middlesborough Institute of Modern Art
Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery
Ruskin Gallery, Sheffield
Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead

Selected 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, Kensington
Two sculptures for Craftbox Wolverhampton
'Magus' public sculpture for 'Ocean One' development, Florida
Three major sculptures for the cruise ship 'Arcadia'