'Origins' by Simon Gudgeon
"Art is a projection of the imagination, combinations of positive and negative space that flow together." Simon Gudgeon
Simon Gudgeon has won widespread praise for his vision of contemporary wildlife art. His avian monument 'Isis' boasts a prominent placement in London's Hyde Park and this summer when millions arrive to watch the Olympic Games it is certain to attract heightened attention. But the impact of Isis doesn't stop there.
In summer 2012 as the National Museum of Wildlife Art in the United States celebrates its 25th anniversary, a casting of Isis is being installed in the museum's brand new sculpture trail. The formal unveiling is July 13, 2012. Chief curator Adam Duncan Harris says Gudgeon's elegant signature piece is a perfect reminder of the museum's desire to reach around the globe in its scope. Two years ago, Gudgeon was the featured sculptor at the National Museum of Wildlife Art during Jackson Hole's Fall Arts Festival. What follows is a Wildlife Art Journal.com interview with the sculptor.
WILDLIFE ART JOURNAL: Earning a commission to have a major piece installed in a public venue like Hyde Park is a rare feat, allowing a living artist to join the flow of art history. What is the story behind Isis being selected, for how long had a design like this piece been germinating, and how has it changed your career?
SIMON GUDGEON: I was approached by the Royal Parks Foundation through my gallery....
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Post Date:May 12th, 2012
'British sculptor Simon Gudgeon has been hailed as one of the rising stars of contemporary wildlife art. His signature monument 'Isis' rises in London's Hyde Park and a casting of the work is being installed in summer 2012 at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in America, as part of its 25th anniversary celebration. In this wide-ranging WAJ interview, Gudgeon talks about contemporary realism in sculpture, the artifice of conceptual art, an innovation nexus of art and nature that he and his wife, Monique created called 'Sculpture by the Lake" and Gudgeon's experimentation with kinetic monuments that actually move.