Gerry Judah’s BENGAL : The Four Elements will open at Grizedale Forest Gallery on 21st July. This solo exhibition marks a unique collaboration between Grizedale Forest and internationally acclaimed artist Gerry Judah, bringing together a striking body of work built over nearly a decade and originally commissioned by the Arts Council of England. Visually forceful and sensitively crafted, Gerry Judah's works poetically engage with prescient issues of climate change in India whilst also exploring the artist’s personal history. Drawing on essential natural elements in his exquisitely detailed sculptures, Judah constructs the intangible: clouds shift, waves splash and smoke rises. Works on display include drawings and sculptures dating from 2013- 2020.
Hazel Stone, Arts Development Manager for Forestry England at Grizedale Forest said:
“We are delighted to host this exhibition at Grizedale Forest bringing together this signiﬁcant body of work which has been developed by Gerry Judah over a number of years since returning to India in 2013. Visitors to the gallery will gain insight into a sculptor’s process, from thinking through ideas and forms through drawing to the production of beautifully crafted sculptures. A common theme are rickshaws from which each response to the individual elements ﬂow as the artist brings together his childhood memories and thoughts on climate change into dynamic drawings and fascinating forms .”
Examples of the BENGAL series have recently been exhibited at the High Commission of India and Wolverhampton Art Gallery. Other major works by Gerry Judah are currently on permanent display at institutional venues ranging from the Imperial War Museum to St Paul's Cathedral, the House of Wisdom in Sharjah UAE and international sculpture parks such as Cass Sculpture Foundation, UK and Gibbs Farm Sculpture Park, New Zealand.
This exhibition coincides with the publication of BENGAL: THE FOUR ELEMENTS with includes an insightful catalogue essay by Jay Merrick (former Architectural Critic of The Independent).
The gallery space at Grizedale provides a perfect setting to view these thought provoking works.