Profiles – 26th May 2019
Bev Knowlden has been developing her unusual art over the last seven years after making a commitment to devote her full-time work to making and creating pieces regardless of commercial demands. Giving herself the freedom to sculpt and experiment with new techniques.
to have my work included in this year’s event is one of those rare moments when you feel a true sense of achievement
Since leaving Middlesex Art College she has produced children’s books for Dorling Kindersley, made golden egg awards for ‘Noel’s House Party’ and for many years built sets for stop frame animation series such as ‘Star Hill Ponies’ for S4C and ‘Fireman Sam’ with the BBC.
After moving to Totnes from Bristol, Bev spent several years exploring art related projects whilst earning a living with a decorating business but always felt she was missing her true vocation and finally dedicated herself fully to developing her own unique style.
The process begins with sculpting with clay and through a series of painstaking steps including moulding, casting and with an unusual combination of materials including resins, powdered metals, wood and even beach-found rusted metal, she produces her final works. The results can often be unsettling, haunting, beautiful, sometimes humorous but always thought provoking.
Recently her works have been getting a great deal of attention and requests have been made for her to provide artworks for several prestigious locations such as the annual Art Gardens at Delamore and the RHS Rosemoor gardens in North Devon. However, Bev is especially delighted to have been placed in this years Summer Exhibition at the London Royal Academy with an artwork based on her great nephew called ‘Cheeky Chester’. “It has been my ambition to be in the Summer Exhibition for many years now and to have my work included in this year’s event is one of those rare moments when you feel a true sense of achievement”. Bev explains. The event runs in London from June the 10th through to August 12.
It’s seems clear that with an ever growing and evolving body of work, Bev Knowlden’s uncommon and unusual artworks will continue to surprise and delight.
More about Bev can be found on her website..