John Maltby is one of Britain’s most respected and prolific artists and has been working in clay for over 50 years.
Maltby originally trained in the Anglo-Oriental tradition but on reflection realized he had little identification and interest with the great ceramic traditions of China, Japan and the East and was more familiar and excited by Western Artists – Picasso, Klee, Moore & Nicholson and the primitive Wallis. His work has gone through several distinct stylistic periods taking him away from functional pots towards the making of more individual sculptural pieces.
The subject matter of much of John’s work is inspired by the English tradition; our landscape and our weather, our myths and legends with figures of Kings and Queens and Family groups appearing most often.
“The figures themselves – mostly queens, kings and angels, seem to represent a pure and ideal world and radiate great dignity….They are imbued with a cautious love of life…This makes (Maltby’s) art timeless, deeply human and at the same time comforting.” Rudolf Strasser Collector
Ross Loveday is a self-taught artist of powerful and very personal interpretations of landscape. Whether on large or small scale there is an extraordinary immediacy to his works which convey not so much a sense of place but the essence of a particular moment.
Ross aims to capture the atmosphere of the British landscape and the transient mood and light of the four seasons. He is concerned with the feeling of the place and not its description.
‘The ﬁne line which separates ﬁguration and abstraction interests me; time, place, weather and light alongside gesture, glimpse and memory. The subjects are only the starting points – sometimes small insigniﬁcant details or texture triggers a complete piece’.