Current Exhibition
Colin Bishop and Peter Hayes

18th April to 9th May 2015

Peter Hayes is recognised as one of the leading exponents in the field of sculptural ceramics. His arresting objects can be seen across the globe from UK institutions such as the Jerwood Foundation and Scottish National Gallery to far-flung locations in Udaipur, Hawaii and Jamaica. His utterly unique approach and technical brilliance using age-old techniques have led to his popularity for monumental private and public commissions around the world.

Peter Hayes is currently undertaking a major project in India, so we are delighted that he has taken time out from this to focus on a collection of new work for Bohun Gallery. The selling exhibition will draw together all of his various techniques and will also feature large-scale bronzes which represents a new direction for the artist. The exhibition will include both domestic sculpture and garden statuary.

Peter Hayes's inspiration is rooted in his travels with 10 years in Africa, followed by time spent in Japan, Korea and Western Europe. Throughout his travels he has worked with indigenous craftsmen, learning from their age-old techniques and adapting them to suit his purposes. Not only is much of his work subjected to the hazards of 'raku' firing, involving huge shocks in temperature and thick smoke, but they are also submerged in a flowing river for months at a time. Erosion and change through time are recorded in one piece and the works evolve with their environment. They echo the shapes of artefacts from other cultures and other times. The sheer breadth and diversity of mediums and techniques used by this sculptor place him in a class of his own.


COLIN BISHOP is something of a maverick painter with a singular vision and a very unique language. His paintings, with their thickly applied paint which is scraped back time and time again and re-applied in colourful swathes across the canvas, take on a sculpturesque appearance. They reveal themselves slowly, observing the transforming effects of time and weather on the countryside. Both the date and time taken to produce the work are recorded and become an integral part of the title.

Working in three distinct settings in Dorset: Briantspuddle Heath; Ball Hill and Weatherbury Castle; Colin Bishop has turned the locations in to his 'open air studio'. This particular area, which was so wonderfully evoked by Thomas Hardy in his novel The Return of the Native is a tapestry of ancient tracks and tumuli, a palpable reminder of man's occupation of this area of land over many thousands of years. The glorious result is imagery that appears woven in to the very fabric of the landscape.

Working directly from the subject, Colin Bishop responds to the sights, smells and unexpected things that nature offers up. Very often organic matter, insects and detritus become embedded in the paint so that elements of the actual landscape become part of the painting. The artist returns to the spot again and again and consequently the ghosts of earlier visits, in the form of gradually congealing paint, play their part in the finished work. Over the last few years the paintings have developed a pronounced tendency to 'grow' beyond the traditional rectilinear square stretcher and occupy an area embracing characteristics of both painting and sculpture.

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Peter Hayes

1. Water Feature

Glass on copper-fired ceramic
75 (H) ins



Colin Bishop

50. Ball Hill, Plush, 9.16 am - 3.56 pm, 6th June 2014

Oil on canvas
22 x 41 ins



Peter Hayes

30. Bronze Head

Bronze, edition of 7
18 x 11 ins



Colin Bishop

46. Ball Hill, Dorset, 9.20 am - 3.44 pm, 21st November 2013

Oil on canvas
14¼ x 26 x 1½ ins



Peter Hayes

5. Many Moons: Wall Plaque, with Blue Wave and Discs (UV Back-Lighting)

Raku fired ceramic
52.36 x 44.49 ins



Colin Bishop

47. Ball Hill, Plush, 8.44 am - 3.12 pm, 16th May 2014

Oil on canvas
19¼ x 21¾ ins



Colin Bishop

49. Triptych: Ball Hill, Plush, Dorset, 8.06 am - 4.33 pm, 2nd January 2015

Oil on canvas
9 x 10 x 1.5 ins



Peter Hayes

31. Family

Bronze, edition of 7
15 x 6 ins



Colin Bishop

52. Briantspuddle Heath, 8.57 am - 12.28 pm, 18th December 2014

Oil on canvas
9 x 14¼ ins



Peter Hayes

15. Glass Disc with Gold Leaf Inset

Ceramic and glass
19 x 11 ins



Colin Bishop

53. Weatherbury Castle, Dorset, 12.19 - 4.08 pm, 27th May 2014

Oil on canvas
18 x 20½ x 2¼ ins



Peter Hayes

44. Bronze Couple with Child

Bronze, edition of 7
11½ x 9 ins



Colin Bishop

54. Weatherbury Castle, 11.57 am - 3.46 pm, 11th May 2011

Oil on canvas
13 x 14¾ ins



Peter Hayes

21. Boat - Raku disc mounted on clay base

Raku fired ceramic
19 x 22 ins



Colin Bishop

55. Weatherbury Castle, 1.17 pm - 4.43 pm, 11th November 2014

Oil on canvas
21¾ x 41¼ ins



Peter Hayes

29. Glass Blade

Glass on clay base
16 (H) ins



Colin Bishop

56. Briantspuddle Heath, Dorset, 8.48 am - 12.05 pm, 17th February 2014

Oil on canvas
10 x 9 x 1¾ ins



Peter Hayes

13. Damascus Steel Blade

Ceramic and Stainless Steel
19 x 6 ins



Peter Hayes

2. White Standing Stone with Blue Wave & Gold Leaf Disc

Raku fired ceramic
58.66 x 14.57 ins



Colin Bishop

58. Ball Hill, Plush, Dorset, 1.12 pm - 3.48 pm, 22nd October 2014

Oil on canvas
10 x 10.5 x 1.5 ins



Colin Bishop

59. Ball Hill, Plush, Dorset, 10.11 am - 2.59 pm, 25th March 2014

Oil on canvas
14 x 15 x 1.5 ins



Peter Hayes

4. Mounted Ceramic Head on sleepers

Ceramic with copper patina
65 x 17 ins



Colin Bishop

60. Ball Hill, Plush, Dorset, 11.07 am - 1.44 pm, 10th July 2014

Oil on canvas
10.5 x 11 x 1.5 ins



Peter Hayes

32. Mother & Child

Bronze, edition of 7
13 x 10 ins



Colin Bishop

61. Ball Hill, Plush, Dorset, 12.58 pm - 3.01 pm, 24th June 2014

Oil on canvas
9.5 x 10.5 x 1.5 ins



Peter Hayes

17. Glass Blade with Disc Mounted on Bronze Base

Glass
35.5 (H) ins



Peter Hayes

43. Couple with detachable figure

Ceramic with copper patina
16 x 13 ins



Colin Bishop

63. Ball Hill, Plush, Dorset, 9.20 am - 12.07 pm, 18th November 2014

Oil on canvas
9 x 10 x 1.5 ins



Peter Hayes

23. Green bow with copper disc

Raku fired ceramic
14 x 10 ins



Colin Bishop

64. Briantspuddle Heath, Dorset, 12.04 pm - 3.39 pm, 4th October 2009

Oil on canvas
8.5 x 10 x 1.5 ins



Peter Hayes

14. Cutting Edge - White Marble on marble base

Marble
11 x 23 ins



Colin Bishop

65. Briantspuddle Heath, Dorset, 12.06 pm - 4.17 pm, 27th January 2009

Oil on canvas
10 x 50 x 1.5 ins



Peter Hayes

9. White Bottle With Holes

Ceramic
35 (H) ins



Colin Bishop

66. Oakers Bog, Briantspuddle Heath, Dorset, 8.12 am - 11.44 am, 14th December 2

Oil on canvas
9.5 x 11 x 1.5 ins



Peter Hayes

12. Interlocking Figure

Jaisalmer desert stone
20 x 7 ins



Colin Bishop

67. Ball Hill, Plush, 8.50 am - 1.16 pm, 13th November 2014

Oil on canvas
9½ x 10 ins



Colin Bishop

68. Oakers Bog, Briantspuddle Heath, Dorset, 8.57 am-12.18 pm, 12th November 20

Oil on canvas
9.5 x 10.5 x 1.5 ins



Peter Hayes

7. Figure

Ceramic with copper patina
35 x 9 ins



Colin Bishop

70. Oakers Bog, Briantspuddle Heath, Dorset, 9.51am-2.07pm, 11th February 201

Oil on canvas
13 x 34 x 2 ins



Colin Bishop

71. Rimsmoor Pond, Briantspuddle Heath, Dorset, 9.09am-3.58pm, 29th January 2

Oil on canvas
14 x 34 x 1.5 ins



Peter Hayes

22. Green Standing Stone with Copper Disc

Raku fired ceramic
35.5 (H) ins



Colin Bishop

73. Briantspuddle Heath, Dorset, 11.20am-4.17pm 20th May 2011

Oil on canvas
16 x 14 ins



Colin Bishop

74. Briantspuddle Heath, Dorset, 10.08am 4.31pm, 28th January 2014, 2014

Oil and mixed media
9¾ x 11 x 2 ins



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