Method:Malcolm Martin and Gaynor Dowling's work uses English hardwoods, worked by hand with axe, gouges and drill. The pieces contrast strong frontal images with individual textures made one mark at a time without preplanning.
Beautifully made by Malcolm Martin and Gaynor Dowling, this ribbed flask was created using limed and scorched oak, by working with traditional hand-tool techniques. The wood is light in colour, with striking grooves on the outer layer that move from the lower base to the peak. This piece celebrates irregularity with it’s asymmetrical frame. With an elongated neck, this piece stands tall, resting flawlessly in any room. The simplistic form’s repeated ridges across the body offer an intriguingly tactile surface that is distinct to Martin and Dowling’s extraordinary works of art.
“We [Malcolm and Gaynor] work together on every stage of the pieces, and have been collaborating full time since 1997. What all our pieces share is the central role of the hand and of hand tools, primarily through carving.”
About the Artist:
Malcolm Martin and Gaynor Dowling make sculptures in wood, from half-ton monumental forms for a secret garden, to vessels sewn together from sections of veneer weighing a few grammes. They have worked together on every stage of the piece, collaborating full time since 1997.
"What all our pieces share is the central role of the hand and of hand tools, primarily through carving."
Working on different bodies of work concurrently, continuing their series of still life groupings both in monochrome and colour at the same time as making significant single pieces.
They have been living and working together in Stroud, Gloucestershire, in England's Cotswold hills since 1997.