Peter Layton has explored themes of war over a number of years with previous works such as WMD and a series called Unforeseen Circumstances. Most recent installations have incorporated the poppy with its undertones as a familiar symbol, using, ironically, the beautiful and fragile medium of glass.
Peter writes ‘there are some things we can’t control or seem unable to prevent like natural disasters or wars that nobody really wants. The poppy is an international symbol that celebrates the lives of the men and women lost in fighting these wars. In Afghanistan it is particularly poignant because the Opium trade is a key factor in funding ‘the enemy’
Hand-held Bowls by Bruno Romanelli, Peter Layton with Wrightson & Platt
Bruno Romanelli is well known for his precise geometric sculptures. These formerly enclosed figurative elements within a clear glass matrix. They have now developed as intriguing abstract vessels whose mysterious interiors contain colour inclusions that modulate both light and form. A recent and exciting development is Bruno’s return to an earlier idea. In collaboration with Peter Layton and bronze casters, Wrightson & Platt, he has created an exciting new series of ‘Hand-held Vessels’. These comprise a cast hand, or hands, that support and balance a blown and cut bowl or vase. These dramatic pieces, as yet available in clear glass only, have been received with huge acclaim.
Arrival of Spring
Arrival of Spring, a new series by Peter Layton was inspired by David Hockney’s painting of the same name. Launched in 2012, it was developed in collaboration with the Royal Academy to mark their important Hockney exhibition of that year.
Peter, who has known David Hockney since they were young, growing up in Bradford, is a long-time admirer of his work, and was delighted by the challenge to interpret such an iconic painting into glass.
Seen as a homage to the painter, the resulting works, themselves the result of extensive experimentation in the studio, highlight Peter’s flair for transposing subtle painterly qualities and bold colours into hot glass.
Green Paradiso is developed from an earlier series entitled Nautilus, itself influenced by the wonderfully inspirational photographs of ‘Earth from the Air’ by Yan Arthus Bertrand.
This series represents a both painterly and sculptural approach to vessel making in which strong flattened forms become the canvas for hotformed gestural mark-making through the use of vibrant colour.