RAF Boy Entrants Monolith at National Memorial Arboretum, Ancaster limestone. Sycamore Key, Hoptonwood on a slate base. Detail from Fruits of the Forest, Ancaster limestone.

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2019 Exhibitions

During 2019 my main activity will be preparing for a major Group Exhibition of 8 RBSA Sculptors titled Sculptura. We will each be showing 8 new works in a wide range of media including sculptural jewellery, wood, metal, glass, ceramic, perspex, resin, stone as well as constructed sculpture. This runs from Monday 21 October to 2 November at the RBSA Gallery with talks by sculptors every day of the exhibition at lunchtime. 

I will also be showing work at Himley Hall, South Staffordshire as part of the Birmingham Art Circle’s exhibition from 1 June to 18 August and then at the RBSA Gallery in a joint BAC/Shapeshifters Sculpture Group Exhibition from 23 September to 5 October. I hope to exhibit with Surrey Sculpture Society (www.surreysculpture.org.uk) at one of their exhibitions during the year. To end the year I will have sculpture in the Annual RBSA Members and Associates Exhibition from 21 November to 24 December.


2018 Exhibitions

I exhibited during 2018 at the Showborough House Sculpture Garden in Gloucestershire, at the National Trust’s Hanbury Hall, Worcestershire as part of Birmingham Art Circle’s exhibition and as part of Surrey Sculpture Society’s exhibition at the prestigious Savill Gardens, Berkshire. My work was accepted in the Broadway Arts Festival Open exhibition where my sculpture was Highly Commended and in the Lichfield Festival Open held in Lichfield Cathedral.

I participated in the Sutton Coldfield Art Trail opening our garden and studio space for a weekend in June. My final show of the year was the Annual RBSA Members and Associates Exhibition at the RBSA Gallery in November.



Daughters, Devolution and Dynasty, Portland Limestone with gold pigment and a Kirkstone Slate base



Daughters, Devolution and Dynasty, Portland Limestone with gold pigment and a Kirkstone Slate base


Natural Polyphony
,
Portland Limestone.



Natural Polyphony
, Portland Limestone.



Natural Polyphony
, Portland Limestone.



Natural Polyphony
, Portland Limestone.

2017 Exhibitions

During 2017 I exhibited at the Fosse House Gallery, Warwickshire, in a group show at the Granary Gallery, Weston Park, Staffordshire and at Hanbury Hall, Worcestershire with the Birmingham Art Circle. We were part of the Sutton Coldfield Art Trail for one weekend in June using the house, studio and garden. During the year at the RBSA Gallery in Birmingham I showed in the Metropolis Exhibition, the joint Art Circle/Shapeshifters Exhibition as well as the Members and Associates Annual Exhibition. I was one of the 8 RBSA Members who participated in the Equivalent 8 Exhibition which ran alongside the William Gear Heritage Exhibition. Five Artists and three sculptors made 8 abstract works for the Exhibition.



Green Metropolis, Purbeck Freestone.
SOLD


Hokusai at Portland, Portland Limestone.


Hokusai at Hoptonwood, Hoptonwood Marble on Derbyshire Fossil Limestone. 
SOLD


Equivalent 8 Exhibition



Good Vibrations,
Hoptonwood Marble
(In Private Collection).



Sense of Sound,
Purbeck Limestone.




Dipteros, Portland Limestone on Granite.
SOLD



Goldberg Variations, Portland Limestone on Granite.


Seashore, Portland Limestone.


Food for Thought, Portland Limestone on Sandstone.



Notations, English Alabaster on Bradwell Black Limestone.


Tripos, Portland Limestone on Granite.
SOLD
 


2016 Exhibitions
During 2016 I exhibited sculpture at a number of galleries including the RBSA Gallery, Birmingham (the Prize, Members and Associates and the New Curators Sculpture Exhibitions), the Granary Gallery, Weston Park, Shropshire, the Jinney Ring Sculpture Trail, Worcestershire, the Sutton Coldfield Art Trail, Dudley Art Gallery and Lichfield Garrick Theatre.


Cut-out, Portland Limestone. SOLD



Turning Point,
Portland Limestone on Slate  SOLD


Capability Brown: Bridge, Lakes and Ha-Ha,
Re-used Portland Limestone on Re-used Cedar Base

 
Stones@Home in the Garden – Exhibition at the RBSA Gallery,
Monday 24 August to Saturday 5 September 2015.
The Exhibition was designed to show Sculpture in the Garden by transforming the gallery with hundreds of flowers and plants. Features reflecting the garden pond, the vegetable plot and the Conservatory showed how sculpture complements and adds interest to the garden. Here are images of the larger new works exhibited:

Ariel, Hoptonwood Marble on Slate  SOLD

Vulcan, Hoptonwood Marble on Slate

(In Personal Collection).

Autumn Abundance, Ancaster Hard White

First Sign of Spring, Ancaster Hard White

Summertime, Ancaster Hard White SOLD


Aurora, Alabaster on Slate  SOLD

Sea Symphony 2, Bronze

River Line, Red Travertine on Portland Limestone  SOLD


Art Deco Wave, Reused Portland Limestone  SOLD


Kanagawa Fossil Wave, Reused Portland Limestone  SOLD

Glory of the Garden, Portland Limestone on Slate  SOLD




Moon Distortions, Pond Freestone on Slate  SOLD

Serpentine, Portland Limestone on Slate SOLD

One Direction, Ancaster Hard White on Slate



Wavelet, Pond Freestone on Slate SOLD

Exhibitions
During the last six years Viv has exhibited regularly at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists in their Members and Associates, Open and Prize Exhibitions. Work has also been selected for the Birmingham Open (2010), at Martins Gallery Cheltenham (2010), the Derby Open (2009 & 2011) and Hidcote Manor Garden (2012). In 2013 his sculpture Kanagawa Wave was Highly Commended in the Granary Gallery Open at Weston Park, Shropshire. The Mayne Gallery, Kingsbridge, Devon and the Little London Gallery, Derbyshire showed his work in 2013.

Birmingham Today 6 February to 1 March 2014 at the RBSA Gallery
These are images of work in this exhibition.

Building Icons
Library and Symphony Hall

Re-used Portland Limestone

Building Icons
Selfridges and refurbished New Street Station

Re-used Portland Limestone

Building Icons
Listed Signal Box at New Street Station

Re-used Portland Limestone

Spaghetti Junction – a birds eye view,
Hoptonwood on a charred wood base.
SOLD

Spaghetti Junction – a birds eye view,
Hoptonwood on a charred wood base.
SOLD

Hip Relief – a brummie solution
Based on the Birmingham Hip

Brazilian Soapstone on Slate.
SOLD


Touching The Stone
RBSA Cafe Space 12 August to 5 October 2013 For Touching the Stone visitors were invited to experience the tactile nature of both the stone and texture of the hand-sized sculptures.
Bolt to the Blue, Hoptonwood on Slate
SOLD
Dappled Grey, Soapstone
SOLD
Earth, Sea and Sky, Alabaster on Slate SOLD
Enigma Variations, Hoptonwood (obverse) SOLD Enigma Variations, Hoptonwood (reverse) SOLD Going for Gold, Ancaster Weatherbed
SOLD
Coastscape, Soapstone Pitch and Toss, Lincoln Silverbed on Slate SOLD Building with Nature, re-used Portland Limestone. SOLD
Convolutions, Portuguese Limestone, SOLD Dorsaling, Soapstone, SOLD Blade, Buff Sandstone
Unfolding, Hoptonwood SOLD  Fusion, Hoptonwood, SOLD Conundrum, re-used Portland Limestone SOLD
 
Wave Sculptures
Three further examples of Wave Sculptures

Kanagawa Wave,
Hoptonwood SOLD

Seven Ages Wave, Hoptonwood
(In Personal Collection).

Rhythm of the Sea, Hoptonwood SOLD

2012 RBSA Candidates Exhibition. Six works based on the theme of the Wave.


Crest of the Wave, Ancaster Weatherbed. Diploma Work now in RBSA Permanent Collection.

Whirlpool, Caen Stone on Slate

White Horses, Lincoln Silverbed on Slate. SOLD

Surfers’ Dream, Polyphant SOLD

The Translucent Wave, English Alabaster on Oak SOLD

Crosscurrents, Hoptonwood on Slate. SOLD
 

Group Exhibition with the Shapeshifters at the Art Barn 3-18 September 2011. Examples of work shown....


Flight of Fancy
, Limestone on slate base. SOLD

Suspended Sycamore,
Hoptonwood on a slate base. SOLD


Sea-Change
, Alabaster. SOLD
 

Solo Show Café Space 2011 This show comprised 15 works including...


Odysseus' Journey,
Ancaster Hard White, 43x28x14cms. SOLD

Daphne's Dilemma
, Ancaster Hard White, 34x23x12cms.
 

RBSA Members and Associates Autumn Exhibition - November 2010

These two works were included in the show.....


White Sails:Calm Sea
, Hoptonwood on a Kirkstone Slate base, 26x24x24.
SOLD

The Listening Seed
, Hoptonwood on a Slate base, 41x31x27cms.
 SOLD
 

   RBSA Candidates Exhibition April 2010


General View of 6 submitted works

Sea Form, Alabaster, 25cmsx14x8

Shoots, Leaves but No Eats, Ancaster Hard White, 33cmsx24x24 SOLD

Cornish Wave, Hoptonwood on a Granite base 38cmsx 31x10 (In personal Collection).

Cornish Wave, Hoptonwood on a Granite base 38cmsx 31x10 (In personal Collection).

Cactus Form, Hoptonwood on a slate base 68cmsx15x13 SOLD

Cactus Form, Hoptonwood on a slate base 68cmsx15x13 SOLD

Cactus Form, Hoptonwood on a slate base 68cmsx15x13 SOLD


Shaping Nature

View all the works in the SHAPING NATURE Exhibition held in June/July 2009. 30 of the 35 works were sold.

 

Cactus (Astrophytum), Portland Limestone, 31X31X24cms. SOLD

 

Eucomis Seed, Portland Limestone, 28X25X24cms. SOLD

 

Shoots, Leaves But No Eats, Ancaster Hard White, 33X24X24cms. (Selected to be shown at the Derby Open Exhibition 2009). SOLD

Shoots, Leaves But No Eats, Ancaster Hard White, 33X24X24cms. SOLD

Shoots, Leaves But No Eats, Ancaster Hard White, 33X24X24cms. SOLD

Nature’s Eye, Portland Limestone, 25X18X9cms. SOLD

Thorn, Hoptonwood, 22X19X8cms.  SOLD

Lost Seed, AncasterWeatherbed, 22X12X8cms. SOLD

Lost Seed, Ancaster Weatherbed, 22X21X8cms. SOLD

Banded Shell, Ancaster Pink Limestone, 23X15X15cms. SOLD

Banded Shell, Ancaster Pink Limestone, 23X15X15cms. SOLD

Nut Brown, Brown Hornton Stone, 20X10X10cms.

Nature’s Mystery, Hoptonwood, 31X27X21cms. SOLD

Nature’s Mystery, Hoptonwood, 31X27X21cms. SOLD

White Pepper, Red Shadow - Bath Stone on a red Travertine base. 18X15X9cms. SOLD

Passing Cloud, White Alabaster,20X14X14cms. SOLD

Summer’s Decline, Hoptonwood, 84X17X8cms. SOLD

Summer’s Decline, Hoptonwood, 84X17X8cms. SOLD

Organic Trio, Ancaster Hard White, 23X11X8cms. SOLD

David and Victoria, Portland Limestone, 51X40X10cms. SOLD

Coreopsis Relief, Ancaster Weatherbed, 33X33X8cms. SOLD

Taj Mahal Relief, Hoptonwood, 36X30X4cms. SOLD

Blue Bounty, Polyphant,15x14x10cms. SOLD

Blue Bounty, Polyphant, 15x14x10cms. SOLD

Beechnut, Polyphant, 15X12X6cms. SOLD

Curled Form, Polyphant, 20X10X9cms. In personal collection.

‘The Gherkin’, Polyphant, 16X8X8cms. SOLD

Lily 1, Polyphant, 10X10X9cms. SOLD

Lily 2, Polyphant, 17X11X8cms. SOLD

Lily 3, Polyphant, 20X11X7cms. SOLD

Beechnut Trio, Limestone, 12X12X8cms. SOLD

Curling, Portland Limestone, 14X8X7cms. SOLD

Clematis, Hoptonwood, 10X8X7cms. SOLD

Clematis, Hoptonwood, 10X8X7cms. SOLD

Sycamore Key, Hoptonwood, 19X7X2cms. In personal collection.

Seed Trio, Hoptonwood, 20X12X8cms. SOLD

Leaf Trio, Hoptonwood, 13X9X9cms. SOLD

Flowering Erica, Creeton Stone, 17x1x3cms. SOLD

Dappled Form, Soapstone on an Alabaster base. 18x15x9cms. SOLD

New Growth, Hoptonwood on a double slate base 47x13x7cms. SOLD

New Growth, Hoptonwood on a double slate base 47x13x7cms. SOLD

Double Ash, Hoptonwood on a slate base 69x18x8 cms. SOLD

Double Ash, Hoptonwood on a slate base 69x18x8 cms. SOLD

Blue Abundance, Kilkenny Limestone 28x13x11 cms. SOLD

Blue Abundance, Kilkenny Limestone 28x13x11 cms. SOLD

Acorns and Leaves, Hollington Red Sandstone 41x21x16cms.SOLD

Tree Burr, Brown Alabaster 17x10x10cms. SOLD

Sea Life, Amber Alabaster  25x14x8cms.

If you would like to purchase any sculpture or would like to discuss a commission of work, designed specifically for you, please email me at mail@vivastling.co.uk

 
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