Robin Welch, international ceramic artist from Stradbroke Suffolk is launching Wymondham Arts Centre’s 2012 season with a solo show, The Potter and The Painter from Saturday, March 24 to Saturday, April 15, open Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 12noon to 5pm, free entry, http://www.wymondhamarts.com/.
Based in Stradbroke since 1966, Robin Welch has established an international reputation for his work, which combines his skills as a sculptor, painter and potter.
In a career lasting more than more than 50 years, Robin Welch has exhibited throughout the UK and in the USA, Australia, Finland, Germany, Japan, Norway, Italy and Sweden. His work can be found in public collections in the UK, notably Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum, as well as collections in Australia and The Netherlands.
He has had spells as a visiting lecturer in art colleges and universities in the UK, USA and Australia. Commissions include six large candleholders and three sand-filled bowls for Lincoln Cathedral, dedicated to St Gilbert.
Robin Welch has concentrated on creating individual ceramics pieces and painting since 1990. Before that his studio produced a range of domestic stoneware pottery.
Professor Arthur Lucas, Chairman Wymondham Arts Centre said: “We are thrilled to have someone of Robin Welch’s international standing opening our fourth season, and look forward to seeing his work set against the backdrop of our gallery, the 12th century Becket’s Chapel.”
Commentary on Robin Welch
“He is a genuinely individual voice. There is no one else quite like him in British pottery.” David Whiting, critic in the field of applied arts and regular contributor to Ceramic Review:
“Welch has a painter’s approach to the surface of the vessel, and a sculptor’s sensibility to form, but this is wedded to a ceramist’s celebration of materiality, of the ‘stuff’ that is clay. Added to this is a deep understanding of how technique can be used, not as an end in itself, but as the means through which he is able to communicate to his viewer.” James Beighton, MIMA (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art)
“Robin Welch’s long career has displayed a relentless exploration of innovative techniques, yet, consistent and logical development. The contribution of this distinguished painter-potter to the world of ceramics is significant and, I believe, will prove to be enduring.” Christine Maltby, Maltby Contemporary Art, Winchester