A sculptor “comes of age”

THE new exhibition at Sculpture by the Lakes near Dorchester is a showcase and celebration of 21 years of the work of renowned British sculptor Simon Gudgeon.

Coming of Age, in the gallery until 24th October, is the first major retrospective devoted to Simon’s sculpture, and offers a unique opportunity to revisit and enjoy a selected collection of his work.

The largest collection of Simon’s work ever exhibited, it spans his career, from his first foray into the medium at the age of 40, through his rapid rise and continuing success on the national and international stage. It traces his artistic journey from early figurative wildlife pieces to his contemporary semi-abstract representations.

The personally selected collection includes early drawings from his private collection, never on public display before, dramatic mixed-media resin paintings and bronze gallery sculptures from the past two decades.

Simon Gudgeon said: “When it occurred to me that I had been a sculptor for 21 years, I decided the time was right to bring together a Coming of Age exhibition spanning that creative lifetime and exploring the evolution of my work, from its formative development to ‘adulthood’.”

The gallery is open to sculpture park visitors from Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm. For more see www.sculpturebythelakes.co.uk