Hadley Exhibitions at Elseys Gallery
Reveal by Brian Ansell
Local Bury St Edmunds sculptor Brian Ansell’s remarkable forty year career as a master stone mason began in 1969.
Brian Ansell’s work has a timeless quality because he uses the same traditional direct carving techniques as the ancient and traditional stone masons. Continuing to carve with the tools that he began his trade with forty five years ago, he is able to work without modern conveniences such as electricity. Brian conveys in his work a sense of antiquity and links us directly with our past heritage. His extensive experience, combined with a passionate interest and knowledge of local history will provide visitors to the gallery with a fascinating glimpse of past and present together in the same space.
The astonishing quality of Brian’s workmanship has generated high demand with museums and private collectors. Notably he was one of the two highly skilled craftsmen to remake the Sutton Hoo Stone Sceptre.
Brian Ansell’s illustrious career has encompassed his important roles with the prestigious teams of stone masons who worked on the restoration of Lincoln Cathedral and York Minster’s Great West Door.
Original carvings will be availailable for sale at Elsey's gallery; signed copies of the Ansell Roper book The Remaking of the Sutton Hoo Stone and six limited edition framed photographic prints of work by the craftsman will also be available for sale at Elsey's Gallery.
Reveal Exhibition Opening Times Daily 11.00 – 5.00 pm
Tuesday: Reveal Exhibition open to visitors. Items for sale.
Wednesday: Reveal Exhibition open to visitors. Items for sale
Thurs – Sat Reveal Exhibition open to visitors. Brian Ansell in residence demonstrates his skills. Visitors will be able to experience for themselves this ancient craft with taster sessions.
Sun/Monday Gallery Closed
Images of stone carving examples by Brian Ansell
Brian is in residence and currently carving emerging characters into two beautiful pieces of Barnack Stone. The rare 13th century original medieval voussoir stone (Stone archway) is reclaimed from the orginal Abbey of St Edmunds.
Next week 6 x limited edition framed black and white photographs of Brian's work will be for sale in Elsey's Gallery.
Visitors are being encouraged to have a go and get "Hands-on." Hence: Dont visit in your best clothes!
Have just emailed out to the Apex Gallery Volunteers to meet up for a Bring a Cupcake at Teatime...proposed date is Monday 31st March. if you fancy volunteering to help out with Elsey's Gallery in any capacity come along. Details TBC.
Blog.....Had a great chat with bookshop owner Stephen Cook from Churchgate Books..(BTW he also is a DJ and musician) see weblinks page to visit his webpage.
Currently In conversation with Williams Art Gallery founder Chris Williams regarding a co-curating project at The Apex Gallery in June and July 2014...watch this space...follow link to view his webpage http://www.williamsart.co.uk
Medieval style gargoyles carved by master stone mason Brian Ansell during the restoration of Lincoln Cathedral.
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