Piotr Gargas: Swirl

Piotr Gargas: Swirl


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Jura Limestone comes, as you would expect, from the range of Jura Mountains, part of which demarcates the Swiss/French border. A notoriously hard stone, Piotr here has chosen a warm, beige-coloured slab in which fossils are hidden, which are revealed as he carves. Swirl is an elegant, organic form which embeds beautifully into a landscape or garden. The undulating lines of the gently twisting ‘trunk’ are juxtaposed with the more clearly carved edges in the scalloping of the lobes at the top of the sculpture. The result is hugely pleasing and tactile, producing a superb interplay of strongly and softly contrasting shadows. 

Piotr spent five years in Poland formally training as sculptor, where the traditional discipline involved the study and copying of classical pieces. This led to him becoming involved in restoration work, travelling across Europe for the next decade to work on the decorative stonework of numerous historic buildings, while continuing to learn from the work of generations of past stonemasons and artists. This work has inevitably been described as stone ‘cosmetic surgery’, but the process of repairing eroded and damaged sculptures has led to the development of Piotr’s own artistic style. His current work has been inspired by working on the colleges and churches in Oxford. More recently he has focused on using modern 3D imaging technology to then create his own sculptures in stone, which reflect the flow and harmony so evident in organic form.

More of this talented, self-taught sculptor's works are on display in our lovely Burford Art Gallery.

Materials: Jura stone, suitable for indoors or outside, plinth: chamfered Portland stone, painted fibreglass

Dimensions (approx.): Sculpture: H:120cm, W:34, D:15cm, stone plinth H:5cm, W:40cm, D:40cm, plinth base H:40cm

Burford Garden Company is acting as an agent on behalf of the artists displaying work in this online gallery. Refunds on works are discretionary and goods must be returned within seven days of purchase, at the latest.

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