SCULPTURE

 
Séamus Gill’s sculptures are made in sheet bronze and have evolved from his silversmithing practice with influences coming from the early Irish Bronze age, to European abstract sculpture to observing the structure and the natural growth patterns of plants.

 

His sculptural work is all about the joy of working directly in bronze. Each piece is cut from a flat sheet of bronze, then formed into an elegant three dimensional sculpture with the skilful use of a hammer and anvil. Using bronze with a very high copper content that has working qualities very close to silver he is able to use his silversmithing skills to form the bronze in his unique way of working.

 

His work is usually created in related groups or he often returns to constantly evolving theme. His sculptures are finished by patinating the bronze in soft muted colours, with selective areas highly polished and often gold plated. The patinated areas are finished by waxing and the polished areas are lacquered ensuring the finish is preserved.

 

“Sleek sinuous and sculptural forms….nothing short of stunning”

 

Gemma Tipton, The Irish Times 

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Silver and Bronze arrangement
Height 44cm
2019

A wall mounted sculpture based on a floral arrangement with a gold-plated pod on one stem and silver lily like shapes on the other two stems.

Exhibited at Sculpture in Context at the Botanic Gardens
4 Leaf blades
Height 51-52cm

750 Euro each
(#3 no longer available)

Four sculptures based on the growing movement of a leaf shape opening up. The first on the left is just opening up to the last on the right is fully opened and starting to fold back on itself.
Tall squat red podform and squat podforms with ruffle
Height 47cm and 29cm
2018

Two red podforms both with a raised polished rib curving up the base where two domed sections are joined together to form the base of the podform.

The one on the right has a gold plated ruffle on the top to the podform.

Exhibited at Sculpture in Context in the Botanic Gardens in Dublin.
Two Tall Red Podforms
Height 51cm and 58cm
2018

Two tall red podforms both with a raised polished rib curving up the base where two domed sections are joined together to form the base of the podform.

Exhibited at textures exhibition in the Kilkenny Design Centre, Kilkenny.
Growning spirals
Height 50cm to 55cm
2017

Three wall mounted bronze sculptures exploring the evolving growing pattern of a spiral from a budding pod on the left to a evolving leaf shape to a gold plated crimped flower on the right.

Exhibited at Sculpture in Context in the Botanic Gardens in Dublin
Three ribbed and blooming crimped podforms
Height 38 to 40cm
2016

Three ribbed podforms growing into a blooming gold plated crimped flower form with a small silver detail.

Exhibited at Sculpture in Context in the botanic Gardens in Dublin
Five Red spirals
Height 25cm
Mounted on 1.5 meter poles
2016

These five red bronze spirals were mounted on long 1.5meter wooden poles.

They were exhibited in the Sculpture Garden at Bloom.
Red spirals detail
Height 25cm
Mounted on 1.5 meter poles
2016

Detail of one of the bronze sculptures exhibited in the Sculpture Garden at Bloom
Four low dome podforms
Height 32cm to 47cm
2015

Four low domed podforms capturing the idea of growth movement in plants. They grow from the swirling stem on the left through to the budding pod, then the maturing leaf and finally the waning leaf.
Four wall mounted red podforms
Height 42 - 47cm
2015

Four smaller red pod forms evolving in shape that are wall mounted.
Tall Red Podform
Height
2015

Tall red podform with a raised polished rib curving up the base where two domed sections are joined together to form the base of the podform.

Exhibited at the Art Fair, RDS Dublin
Red wall-mounted podform
Height 74cm
2014

Wall mounted podform

Exhibited at Bloom and the Hamilton Gallery
Red Wall mounted Intertwining podform
Height 70cm
2014

Wall mounted intertwining podform

Exhibited at Bloom and the RDS Art Fair
Plant forms
Height 150cm
2014

These three bronze plant forms are based on the expanding firework shape of the agapanthus flower. They are made in sheet bronze mounted in a stainless steel frame. They were exhibited in front of the agapanthus flowers by the curvilinear greenhouse in the Botanic Gardens at Sculpture in Context.
Orchids of sorts
Height 45cm to 46cm
2013

Three bronze sculptures based on orchids

Exhibited at Sculpture in Context in the Botanic Gardens, Dublin
Orchids "of sorts" detail
Detail showing the silver and gold plated silver flowers on the three bronze sculptures based on orchids

Exhibited at Sculpture in Context in the Botanic Gardens, Dublin
Flowering Podforms
Height 51 -52cm
2013

Three podforms growing up to a blooming silver flower
Plantform
Height 22-43cm
2012

These three plant forms explore the budding and growth patterns of three stages of a plant form.

Exhibited at sculpture in context in 2012
Orchids on the wall
Height 80 - 88cm
2011

Three bronze sculptures based on orchids that hang on the wall.
Orchids
Height 50 - 59cm
2010

Three bronze sculptures based on orchids

Exhibited at Sculpture in Context in the Botanic Gardens, Dublin
Blowing Podform
Width 85cm
2011

A large piece exploring how a podform would lean over as if it was blowing in the wind. It is mounted on a Kilkenny Marble base. The tip of this podform is a gold plated twisted silver made the same way as the ancient Irish gold torcs.
Leaning Podform
Height 55cm
2011

A carefully placed pinch and tuck at the base of this bronze sculpture allows it to securely stand in a gravity defying stance.
Tall squat podform
Height 65cm
2010

A podform that has a pinched rib on one side a folded in section on the opposite.

A photograph of this piece was published in the "portfolio- critical selection" book by the Crafts Council of Ireland.
Sunflower
Height 59cm
2010

A photograph of this bronze and silver sunflower, the symbol of the Hospice Foundation, was used in "the Thank You book" as a fundraiser for the Irish Hospice Foundation. The piece was then auctioned to raise funds for the foundation.
Arragement in a bowl
Height 71cm
2009

This piece was made for the exhibition "Wunderkammer, cabinet of curiosities", and exhibition by the makers in the Design Tower in response to the Bender Collection of Asian Art in the National Museum of Ireland.
Waveform #5
2013
Height 67cm

The waveform series explores the anticlastic wavelike movement captured in a bronze sculpture.

This piece was exhibited in the Art Fair at the RDS in Dublin
waveform #3
Height 21cm
2010

The waveform series explores the anticlastic wave like movement captured in a bronze sculpture.
Waveform # 2
Height 24cm
2009

The waveform series explores the anticlastic wavelike movement captured in a bronze sculpture.

This piece was exhibited in the Hallward gallery in Dublin
Waveform # 1
Height 51cm
2009

The waveform series explores the anticlastic wavelike movement captured in a bronze sculpture.

This piece was exhibited at Sculpture in Context in 2009
Standing Podform
Height 76cm

This standing Podform won the 1st Prize in Ironwork and metalwork at the RDS National Craft Competition in 2009
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Séamus Gill

Studio 21
The Design Tower,
Pearse Street

Dublin 2

Ireland

 

Tel: (01) 677 5701    
 

email: seamus@seamusgill.com

© 2020 Seamus Gill

Four wall mounted red podforms

Height 42 - 47cm 2015 Four smaller red pod forms evolving in shape that are wall mounted.