Whilst my children were young I took part in a series of stone carving courses with Maria Moorhouse. I can’t imagine now a life without being able to carve stone. This ancient natural material inspires and drives me to discover its possibilities. The whole process is challenging and hard work but deeply fulfilling. This ancient form of expression and creativity is rhythmic and meditative, and the process full of life’s lessons.
My art has been my therapy through difficult times and an inspiration for my soul. The works of Modigliani, Rodin and Brancusi, as well as the fascinating sculptures of antiquity, Asian Buddhist art and spirituality have all had an influenced on the visions and meanings in my work.
I often incorporate natural materials into my sculpture, like crystals, fossils, gold leaf and drift wood. I enjoy carving organic shell like forms which make beautiful ornaments for the home and garden.
The current inspirations for my sculpture are found in the Japanese woodblock prints of Landscapes and of Koi carp, turtles and other sea life, new themes are emerging based on traditional Japanese art where I am experimenting with carving various types of serpentine.
My work can be purchased at various sculpture exhibitions throughout the year and I take part in the Devon Open Studio event during September. I am also happy to consider commissions.
I am a Sculptor and Artist who lives and works in The South Hams in South Devon. Working initially in clay, my sculpture is predominately figurative.
My professional life as an artist started as a full time art psychotherapist 1984-2005 in NHS children’s’ mental health services and since then continues part-time freelance.
my website can be found at https://www.anibuckland.co.uk
2019 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London, June – August 2019
2019 Mythic Sculpture Gardens, Chagford, Devon, May – October 2019
2019 Delamore Arts 2019 Ivybridge, Devon – May 2019
2019 ‘A Woman’s Work’ Ariel Centre Gallery, Totnes – March 2019
2018 RHS Garden Rosemoor Winter Sculpture Exhibition – November 2018 – February 2019
2018 Artizan Winter Open Exhibition, Torquay, Devon – November & December 2018
2018 South West Academy of Fine & Applied Arts, Annual Open Exhibition, Exeter – November 2018
2018 Society of Women Artists 157th Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London – September 2018
2018 Artizan Open Summer Exhibition, Torquay, Devon – July 2018
2018 Totnes and Dartington Open Studios Event – May 2018
2018 Delamore House Annual Arts Exhibition, Dartmoor – May 2018
2018 Birdwood House Gallery, Totnes – April 2018
2017 W H Lane Art Auction, Penzance – November 2017
2017 Royal West Of England Academy 165 Annual Open Exhibition, Bristol – November 2017
2017 Devon Open Studios – Traces @ The Ariel Centre, Totnes – September 2017
2017 Devon Artist Network, Ivybridge – July 2017
2017 Paperworks Gallery, Totnes – June 2017
2017 Totnes and Dartington Open Studios Event – May 2017
2016 North Street Gallery, Ashburton – November 2016
2016 Birdwood House Gallery, Totnes – October 2018
2016 Totnes & Dartington Open Studios Annual Collective Exhibition, Totnes – September 2016
2016 Harbour House Gallery, Kingsbridge – August 2016
2016 The Artizan Gallery’s Portrait Exhibition, Torquay – June 2016
2016 Totnes and Dartington Open Studios Event – May 2016
2015 Devon Open Studios, Totnes – September 2015
2015 Ilfracombe Art Trail – May 2015
2015 Totnes and Dartington Open Studios event – May 2015
After studying Graphic Design to degree level, Bev has over thirty years experience as an artist. A large proportion of that time was spent in the animation industry; set building and prop making for children’s puppet animation series such as ‘Fireman Sam’. (BBC TV)
“I sculpt my subjects in clay and the finished works are moulded and cast in a variety of resins, exploring the boundaries of portraiture in its traditional sense. I present ideas that subvert the familiar nature of convention, aiming for a more abstract outcome.”
my website can be found at https://www.bevknowldensculpture.com