James Pilson: Cotswold Angel

James Pilston: Cotswold Angel


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Taking inspiration from local folklore and his 1970s Cotswold childhood, Jim Pilston creates stunning, three-dimensional pieces that share the same idiosyncratic charm as pagan traditions. Pilston uses found materials within a mile of his home and repurposes them into fascinatingly naïve artworks which explore the subversive depths of British legend.

Pilston’s Cotswold Angel is styled after the household gods. In ancient Roman mythology, the Di Penates were groups of deities whose main function was to ensure the family household’s welfare and prosperity. Adopting a bold prism of warm reds, pastel pinks, and purples, Pilston enlivens the figure with a cornucopia of rhythmic dashes, triangles, and circles, accentuating the majestic breadth of his protective, spectacular wings. The angelic figure, with his pointed toes and upward glance, appears to be ascending, travelling freely towards the skies, and beyond...

Pilston says that he relishes in creating something magical from a variety of materials that have been discarded. His portfolio of recycled pieces imbues unwanted objects with life and pleasantly reminds us of forgotten traditions.

Dimensions: H: 70cm, W: 52cm, D: 10cm

Materials: Papier Mache and Recycled Materials 

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