We are excited to have a fabulous Ship Sculpture Exhibition by Geoff Latz and Angela Boyce of two interesting vessels, the China Seas and the Anne Galleon.
Located below the East Window, this is the third exhibition we are hosting in August at the same time and will come to an end at the end of the month.
This was inspired by a Chinese super-junk ship. It depicts trade between East and West and reflects both ancient and modern technologies.
It was created from a wood base plated in metal alloys. Some of the features include a large copper sail, metal containers, tiny stained glass windows and coloured copper wire sailors. Contains battery-powered LED lights.
Dimensions:- H120cm x L80cm x D30cm
This was inspired by a sermon given by Geoff's friend who is a pastor, which was about setting sail and the vision you have for your life. Geoff pictured a large ship and began making this piece which was inspired by a 16th century Spanish galleon.
This took him 1000 hours to complete and it was named in honour of his wife Anne.
This has been created using various metals, mainly copper, includes 8 slow moving cannons powered by a motor and lights.
Dimensions:- H70cm x L95cm x D25cm
About the artists
Geoff is an "Upscaling" artist based in Bradford. He has a background in engineering and specialises in creating artwork from unwanted materials that would otherwise go to waste. He works predominantly in various metals, i.e. copper, steel, wire etc, but uses whatever materials are necessary to create his artwork. Some of his pieces are kinetic or use LED lights.
He took an avid interest in Upscaling when his first piece "Anne Galleon", a ship inspired by Spain's 16th century fleet, was exhibited at Cartwright Hall, Bradford in 2009. From there his work has evolved and he has exhibited throughout the UK.
He has a passion for history and the great minds of the past and he takes a lot of inspiration from this when designing his work. His take on Leonardo da Vinci's "Vitruvian Man" and his First World War commemorative piece "The Battle of Verdun" which depicts a trench scene, are only two of the many pieces that can be seen on his website.
Geoff likes to make things that have an educational value, to inspire people of all ages, as he feels we all have the ability to create within us. He creates art, not just for art's sake, but to tell a story and catch people's interest and imagination. He enjoys seeing people's reaction to his work, especially as they try to work out what the various components are, as they are used in a way for which they were never actually intended!
See Geoff's website www.latzart.com for more examples of his work or see his Facebook page at Latzart.
Angela is a Bradford based artist working mainly in stained glass and wirework. As well being an artist in her own right, Angela often assists Geoff in his work and they have collaborated on many varied projects together, including the "China Seas" ship.
You can see more of Angela's work on her Facebook page at Angela Boyce Stained Glass and Wirework.