Special Limited Edition Prints
2012 - 01 BUY NOW
The idea: Simply curvy
The balance: On an incoming tide the sand goes all soupy, which can cause the base stone to subside and topple over. Once the stones are wet, you either wait for them to dry or find others. Unless it’s sunny I start looking.
Artist’s thoughts: This photograph says FRESH to me. Clear skies, clean water, stylish stones. FRESH!
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The idea: I hope it’s obvious – stonebalancing sailing boats. The Olympic sailing competition was down the road from me so I wanted to commemorate that and, of course, cash in on the Games!
The balance: Unbelievably tricky. At least five attempts on five separate days. Getting stones, tides, flat sea, and sunset in sync was fraught with difficulty. Plus the rocky plinths had to be exactly the same height.
Artist’s thoughts: I starting working on this idea in January; four months later it was done. To work with the vagaries of the weather and the sea is a mug's game, but one day the universe smiled and gave me perfect conditions.
2012 - 3 BUY NOW
The idea: To combine old and new, natural and man-made, regular and irregular.
The balance: The small gap between the brick and the stone is unusual and effective.
Artist’s thoughts: This idea has inspired me to incorporate other weathered objects found on the seashore in my sculptures.
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The idea: An irregular stack sculpture that looks clumsy, but is of course in perfect equilibrium.
The balance: A lot of trial and error was necessary in the construction of this sculpture, with numerous collapses. The stones were pretty big so I had to be light on my feet to avoid a visit to A&E.
Artist's thoughts: The second rock from the top is the key to this balance. It was such an enormous lump of blue lias that it could counterbalance the side-balancing top stone.
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The idea: Religion is broken. Every religion has its own logo: the cross, the crescent, the Star of David. On this sculpture it is a club perched atop a cracked steeple.
The balance: Because of its size, I had to make stone steps to balance the top rock and then remove them. Overall a fiddly one – a bit like Catholicism.
Artist’s thoughts: I wish I could have found a better club.
2012 - 6 BUY NOW
The idea: Fossils are old, tortoises are too.
The balance: When I find an ammonite fossil like this I will spend a great deal of time looking for another rock to complement it.
Artist’s thoughts: I like the way the tortoise is looking back at the camera, grinning. One for the kids.
2012 - 7 BUY NOW
The idea: To maroon a surfer.
The balance: Quite a complex arrangement on the plinth rock, which gave me plenty to think about. Angles were vital in keeping the whole composition balanced.
Artist’s thoughts: A sculpture I keep returning to (luckily the stones remain in the neighbourhood) trying to get the perfect shot. I think the surfer’s expression is stoic.
2012 - 8 BUY NOW
The idea: An old sage lecturing his followers.
The balance: A bit like the circus trick of spinning plates. Just as they're all ready, someone’s head falls off.
Artist’s thoughts: I like anthropomorphising my sculptures; it works well with stones of this shape. The sage is a bit of an old fossil.
2012 - 9 BUY NOW
The idea: Globular equipoise. Initially the planets aligned, but our solar system is just not like this.
The balance: Extraordinarily difficult, bearing in mind the weight of the large top stone. The uppermost stone was actually fairly easy.
Artist’s thoughts: Our beautiful Earth will survive. Will we?
2012 - 10 BUY NOW
The idea: A stack balance defeating the waves.
The balance: It's always a gamble to see if these sculptures stay upright in the waves. This one had plenty of weight on its side.
Artist’s thoughts: Waiting for the sculpture to topple in the waves is both tense and irresistible.
2012 - 11 BUY NOW
The idea: A pin-point balance.
The balance: Very finite and fragile. I needed a perfectly still day and a perfectly still mind.
Artist’s thoughts: Very satisfying.
2012 - 12 BUY NOW
The idea: Mad man in mist
The balance: A fossil combination – both ammonite sections. Good light coming through, although a bit creepy.
Artists thought’s: I try not to think about this picture, it gives me the willies.
2012 - 13 BUY NOW
The idea: A sunset silhouette reflection.
The balance: Setting up in the dark is always fun.
Artist’s thoughts: A lot of preparation went into this shot. Mostly the day before – to recce the location (find a decent puddle actually) and locate some interesting stones. I like the tiny splashes of pink on the edge of the pool.
2012 - 14 BUY NOW
The idea: Start big and get smaller. Although I wanted another large boulder in this sculpture, it proved to be too heavy to lift that high.
The balance: Just a weighty problem.
Artist’s thoughts: The most difficult part was aligning the hole in the top stone so the sky was visible from the camera position.
2012 - 15 BUY NOW
The idea: The base rock was an obvious torso and I always jump at anything anthropomorphic, so I searched around for a head.
The balance: Easy peasy – just kidding it was really tough.
Artist’s thoughts: It was only at a certain angle that the ‘head’ became a work by Picasso. Brilliant.
2012 - 16 BUY NOW
The idea: Becalmed yachts carefully navigating through the rocky islets. OK, and the Olympics.
The balance: A long drawn-out affair, fraught with difficulty. Not a relationship I want to go back to soon.
Artists thought: Great in black and white although the sunrise looks monochrome anyway. It must have been giving me a hint.
2012 - 17 BUY NOW
The idea: To create a misleading perspective. Is it really big or really small? The top stone has a bit of 'beef' on it. It's a geological term!
The balance: Getting rid of the tyre marks from the crane was a challenge.
Artist’s thoughts: Size does matter.
2012 - 18 BUY NOW
The idea: To have a stone just peeking above the water, but to see that it is balanced on another.
The balance: To achieve this type of work the sea has to be dead calm on a very still day.
Artist's thoughts: An amazing silhouette, highlighted only by the dazzling sparkle on the water. Look at those stars.
2012 - 19 BUY NOW
The idea: Stop smoking you crack head.
The balance: I balanced the head as a whole which took a lot of patience and perseverance.
Artist’s thoughts: It took as long to persuade the limpet to stick as it did to balance the stones. Hint – make a puddle of seawater for it to feel at home in.
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These prints are in a limited edition of 50
All of these images are for sale as signed and mounted prints. Email Adrian for more details.