Earth Air Fire Water - 16 Somerset Artists in their Element at the Museum of Somerset

By Culture24 Reporter | 25 March 2013

Exhibition preview: Earth Air Fire Water - Somerset Artists in their Element, Museum of Somerset, Taunton, until July 6 2013

A photo of an artist in the dark with his face lit up by a sculpting furnace
Artist Nick Rees, who is part of the element-inspired new show in Somerset© Nick Rees
There are 16 artists taking part in this show, and although they’re all rooted in Somerset, many of them are rarely seen within the county.

Working in paper, wood, print, photography, painting and a dizzying mix of robust sculptural forms, they’re inspired by the hills, lowlands and skies of the region, their craft driven by the four elements.

Among their dab-handed ranks, Italian Fabrizia Bazzo is an Associate of the British Society of Master Glass Painters.

Jim Horrobin is a metalsmith known for his elaborate gates for churches and landmark buildings, and Nick Durnan – an alabaster carver – is one of several participants who’ll be letting the public see their working methods in a programme of hands-on activities planned for later in the year.

  • Open 10am-5pm (closed Sunday and Monday, open Bank Holiday Mondays). Admission free. Telephone 01823 255088 for workshop details. Follow the museum on Twitter @SomersetMuseum.

More pictures:

A black and white photo of a male artist sitting at a table in a studio full of sculptures
Chris Dunseath in his studio© Chris Dunseath
A photo of a black and white etching of an elaborate ancient tree among woodland
Chris Dunseath, Spreading Oak© Chris Dunseath
A photo of a figurative sculpture with its arms wide open beneath a blue and white sky
Sky-high work by Serena de la Hey© Serena de la Hey
An image of a landscape painting of flat and undulating hills full of different colours
Luke Piper, Somerset Vale. Oil on Canvas© Luke Piper
An image of a landscape painting of a farming field with a gate next to a motorway
James Lynch heads to the country© James Lynch
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