These drawings represent some works in progress which have preceded the upcoming Roy Ridsdale solo exhibition at the
Millennium Gallery, Sheffield 
28 Septemeber - 4 October 2017

more details to follow soon ...


landscape paintings
figure drawings
images of Cornwall

Kelham Island Museum

Lockbund Residency


These pictures are works following drawings produced during my Lochbund Fine Art Sculpture Foundry residency in 2013.

The drawings, of objects, tools, mechanisms and machinery at Kelham Island Museum, Sheffield and The Hawley Collection, also at the Museum, use charcoal, graphite and white Conté pastel on dark Fabriano paper.

They explore Image and text together with the ‘contre jour’ approach to the use of light, prompting the viewer to explore the image and in doing so, seeing hand tools and machinery differently. This raises an awareness of these objects as abstract forms without an identity or attachment to function or purpose.

Themes of spirituality and symbolism are found in the objects and referred to through philosophical statements from Shakespeare and Einstein to Frederick Franck and Truman Capote. Narrative text is used to enliven objects and provide a reason for their being ‘chosen’.



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