We are delighted to be able to bring you news about a new exhibition opening at Grizedale.
Gerry Judah’s solo exhibition BENGAL : The Four Elements, marks a unique collaboration between Grizedale Forest and internationally acclaimed artist Gerry Judah, bringing together a striking body of work built over nearly a decade and originally commissioned by the Arts Council England. Visually forceful and sensitively crafted, Gerry Judah’s works poetically engage with prescient issues of climate change in India whilst also exploring the artist’s personal history. Drawing on essential natural elements in his exquisitely detailed sculptures, Judah constructs the intangible: clouds shift, waves splash and smoke rises. Works on display include drawings and sculptures dating from 2013- 2020.
Hazel Stone, Arts Development Manager for Forestry England at Grizedale Forest said:
“We are delighted to host this exhibition at Grizedale Forest bringing together this signiﬁcant body of work which has been developed by Gerry Judah over a number of years since returning to India in 2013. Visitors to the gallery will gain insight into a sculptor’s process, from thinking through ideas and forms through drawing to the production of beautifully crafted sculptures. A common theme are rickshaws from which each response to the individual elements ﬂow as the artist brings together his childhood memories and thoughts on climate change into dynamic drawings and fascinating forms .”
Examples of the BENGAL series have recently been exhibited at the High Commission of India and Wolverhampton Art Gallery. Other major works by Gerry Judah are currently on permanent display at institutional venues ranging from the Imperial War Museum to St Paul’s Cathedral, the House of Wisdom in Sharjah UAE and international sculpture parks such as Cass Sculpture Foundation, UK and Gibbs Farm Sculpture Park, New Zealand.
This exhibition coincides with the publication of BENGAL: THE FOUR ELEMENTS with includes an insightful catalogue essay by Jay Merrick (former Architectural Critic of The Independent).
The gallery space at Grizedale provides a perfect setting to view these thought provoking works.
The exhibition opens on 21 July until 9 September, 11am until 3pm daily. Entry is free .
For more information on the exhibition and information on visitor safety please contact Visitors Services on 0300 067 4495 , visit www.forestryengland.uk/grizedale
Grizedale Forest is the UK’s first forest for sculpture, first welcoming artists to the forest in 1977. The arts programme is led by Forestry England and is re-establishing Grizedale Forest as a centre of international excellence for art and sculpture in the environment. The forest is 10 square miles of woodland in the Lake District which is managed and maintained by Forestry
Gerry Judah’s maternal and paternal grandparents came from Baghdad to settle in the already established Baghdadi Jewish community in India and Burma. His mother was born in Calcutta and his father in Rangoon. Gerry Judah was born in 1951 in Calcutta and grew up there before his family moved to London when he was ten years old. As a boy, the dramatic landscapes of India and the ornate architecture of its temples, mosques and synagogues with their theatrical rituals had a profound eﬀect on Judah’s developing psyche. These theatrical elements were to resurface in his own later The austerity of London, still in its post-war drab, was a shock to the young boy and he chose to spend as much time as possible in his bedroom conjuring up with pencils and paper, imaginary landscapes, architectural fantasies and futuristic cars, leading him to want to become an artist. Judah obtained Double First-Class Honours degree in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, University of London (1972–1975) and studying sculpture as a postgraduate at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London (1975–1977). He was taken with the public nature of this work and decided to find settings for his own art in more public arenas than the rarefied spaces of conventional galleries. He created settings for the BBC, British Museum, Museum of Mankind, Natural History Museum, Imperial War Museum, Museum of Tolerance and musicians including Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson, Robert Plant & Jimmy Page and The Who. Amongst a number of public museums and institutions, Judah was commissioned by the Imperial War Museum in London to create a large model of the selection ramp in Auschwitz-Birkenau for the Holocaust Exhibition opened by Queen Elizabeth II. Judah’s work has been exhibited by numerous important international institutions including the Saatchi Gallery, Imperial War Museum, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Camden Arts Centre, David Roberts Foundation, Royal Institute of British Architects, Cass Sculpture Foundation, Museum of Old and New Art, High Commission of India, Gibbs Farm Sculpture Park New Zealand, Louis Blouin Foundation and Wolverhampton Art Gallery. In 2014 Judah’s two monumental sculptures commemorating the First World War were placed on display in St Paul’s Cathedral, London.