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Talos Gallery & Gardens

25 MAY to 21 July 2024

Our annual open gallery showcasing contemporary bronze sculpture and mix media by internationally acclaimed artists is open once again for Public Viewing. Here to challenge and inspire in equal measure we are excited to see many pieces for the exhibition already taking shape in our Talos Foundry.

LATEST EXHIBITION NEWS:  EXCITING EVENT ANNOUNCED!

Artist Cindy Powell whose work champions global conservation issues asks 'is it already to late to save our vulnerable wildlife?' in a special installation coming to close our Summer Exhibition 2024. From 18 to 21 July we are unveiling HUMANITY REFLECTED, a series of seven new paintings and a chilling re-interpretation of the Genesis creation story. Each scene is painted on mirror and visitors will be invited to participate in fulfilling its prophecy.  Find out more here.

 

Commissioned for the Platinum Jubilee, the bronze of HM Queen Elizabeth II on her favourite horse, Burmese,  by sculptor Caroline Wallace, will be arriving to Talos in early May.  And for those who visited last year you will recognise the outline of Judy Boyt's equine statue 'Up to the line', only this year it is golden. 

 

This year we bring you Talos Ceramic Celebration focusing on three outstanding makers — Elaine Peto, Jo Taylor and Jennie Gilbert — each bringing their own unique interpretation to the medium.

We are enormously proud to be able to bring you five rare sculptures from highly acclaimed artist Bryn Parry CBE – these will be exhibiting alongside a unique selection of his original cartoons straight from the artist’s studio, some of which have never been seen before.  

This year we are also showcasing the bold new collection of sculptures by gallery owner Richard Atkinson-Willes. Taking concepts without entity and creating forms is the theme for his Orion Series. Fellow formalist and intelligent sculptor Philip Rae-Scott will be exhibiting his gravity defying work ahead of moving to a major London gallery and we welcome contemporary sculptor Scott McDonald in to our abstract ensemble,

We are also thrilled to announce a major installation by sculptor Adam Roud, his abstract collection will be filling the gallery and gardens with what promise to be monumental pieces. 

SPECIAL EVENT

NEW INSTALLATION 18 - 21 JULY

Series of seven paintings by artist CINDY POWELL asks the harrowing question ‘is it already too late to save our vulnerable wildlife?’ 

Cindy’s commitment to wildlife conservation is a theme running through all her work, and never more so than in this new piece ‘Humanity Reflected’. This series is Cindy’s chilling re-interpretation of the Genesis creation story. Each scene is painted on mirror and visitors will be invited to participate in fulfilling its prophecy.

MEET THE ARTIST EVENT 2.30pm  21 JULY

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OUR GALLERY GARDENS

IN PORTRAIT

We designed and planted the garden at Talos from scratch and we’ve enjoyed nurturing and watching it grow into the oasis of colour and controlled chaos that gallery visitors love. We’re so proud of the results that we decided to have our garden’s portrait painted, and we asked Bath based artist Valerie Pirlot to come to the gallery during the summer to make a group of paintings celebrating our creation and the wonderful sculptures on display within it.

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"Painting makes me feel alive. Life goes fast, and we are only catching glimpses of it. This is what I try to depict with paint: an emotion, an impression, a moment, a feeling of light that will be gone in just a few minutes." — Valérie Pirlot

FEATURED ARTIST

Philip 
Rae-Scott

Concerned with longevity, Philip Rae-Scott chooses quality materials to create complex abstract sculptures with tactile surfaces. Philip predominately works in metal, attracted by its associated strength, versatility, and the possibility of creating illusive, apparently gravity defying sculptures otherwise unachievable in other materials.

 

He takes inspiration from the making process itself, manmade structures, machinery and the natural world.

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CARTOONIST & SCULPTOR

Bryn Parry CBE

Bryn Parry’s quintessentially English cartoons adorn countless country houses, shooting lodges and fishing bothies across the country, as well as mugs, Christmas cards and Aga-based tea towels.  His cartoons have been a regular feature in ‘The Field’ and ‘Country Life’ for decades, and have been immortalised in fourteen books celebrating country life including ‘101 Shooting Excuses’. Not surprisingly, Bryn has joined the ranks of the great British cartoonists in the National Cartoon Museum in London, and now shares wall space with Hogarth, Rowlandson, Pont, Spy and Thelwell.  

 

However very few of his devotees know that in the last fifteen years of his life, Bryn turned his attention to sculpture. Starting with portraits and studies, Bryn inevitably soon turned his hand to sculpting cartoon animals, producing just fourteen rare examples, all cast in bronze at the Talos Art Foundry.  

 

The Talos Gallery is enormously proud to show five of these rare pieces as part of the 2024 Summer Exhibition – backed up by a unique selection of original cartoons straight from the artist’s studio, some of which have never been seen before.  

Right: Bryn Parry's The Veteran

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Planning Your Visit

Planning your visit

Our passion is to make art accessible to as many people as possible and to experience it in a way that suits you.

If that's a guided tour, meeting the artist, seeing the foundry of being left to enjoy at your own pace. 

Enjoy the gallery and gardens at your leisure, we are here for questions or to respect your space.

Available to commission and buy

View our growing online gallery. See something you like, please do arrange a call or visit for a private viewing.

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FEATURED ARTIST

Richard Atkinson - Willes

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"We often need visualisation to make something that does not exist as an entity 'real' for us. Much like the 'metaverse' an  ever growing presence that can have so much influence over our lives whether we like it to or not.  To create as a visual 'thing' is to create a shared visual,  to talk about and find less out of our control. "

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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT TALOS

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"What an amazing experience! Thank you for welcoming us into your fantastic home and gardens. We really appreciate how much hard work it must have taken for it all to come together so perfectly.
Please visit this beautiful exhibition if you can!"

FEATURED ARTIST

Judy Boyt

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Artist Judy Boyt is giving her fantastic sculpture ‘Up to the Line’ a special new look to welcome you in to our Summer Exhibition.

 

Inspired by the majestic bronze horses of St Marco in Venice, Judy is painstakingly applying eleven square metres of gold leaf to transform her rearing stallion into a dazzling mythical beast!

Passers by have been enjoying watching him get brighter and brighter over the last week - come and see him in all his glory when the exhibition opens on 25 May.

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TALOS CELEBRATES CERAMICS

As part of our Summer Exhibition 2024 we bring you Talos Ceramic Celebration, focusing on three outstanding makers, each bringing their own unique interpretation to the medium.

 

ELAINE PETO uses grogged stoneware clay slabs to create wonderfully characterful animal studies. Her work may appear whimsical, but hides meticulous research into the anatomy of her subjects and breathtaking technical skill.

JO TAYLOR'S work (which includes Heatwave, shown left) revives the extravagant aesthetic of the Rococo period. Her vessels are artistic invention at its most exuberant and borrow historic and architectural motifs to create completely contemporary objects.

JENNIE GILBERT specialises in traditional stoneware tableware, which follows a number of separate traditions: her domestic range has a French provincial character, while her signature Mishima range has roots in Japan and Korea.

HM QUEEN ELIZABETH II

We are very proud to announce that a life-size bronze sculpture of the late Queen Elizabeth II riding her favourite horse, Burmese, has arrived to Talos as part of our Summer Exhibition.  A unique opportunity to get up close to this majestic statue.

The sculpture, cast in bronze at our Talos Art Foundry in Hampshire, is the second edition by sculptor Caroline Wallace. Commissioned to mark Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee the original stands outside the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. 

 

Foundry and Gallery owner Richard Atkinson-Willes oversaw production and installation of the first edition at Sandhurst, where the sculpture was unveiled by Prince Edward.

 

The statue depicts The Queen mounted on her favourite charger, Burmese and is modelled on Her Majesty at Trooping the Colour in 1984. The mare Burmese was given to The Queen by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1969 and was ridden by her at Trooping the Colour for 18 consecutive years.

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TALOS FOUNDRY

Talos Gallery is only one part of our story.  Richard established Talos Art Foundry in Andover,  Hampshire,  in 1998 for professional and amateur artists to cast, restore and repair bronze and silver sculptures.  With over seventy established sculptors coming to Talos Foundry it has gained a reputation for specialising in casting and patination and the Foundry's work is featured in public locations and private homes all over the globe.

See Judy Boyt's 'Golden Miller' and Phillip Blacker's 'Best Mate' at Cheltenham Festival.

Pictured here Caroline Wallace's 'Burmese' commission for Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee and now at Sandhurst Millitary Academy.

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TALOS GOES TO THE RACES

The racing season is well and truly back in business and we have been busy looking after some of the world's top thoroughbreds. From Golden Miller to Red Rum, Cheltenham to Newmarket there are many bronzes capturing landmark moments in racing history.

Whether a full restoration or annual clean and refresh it is an honour for our Talos Team to ensure these sculptures are looking their best.

RED RUM (pictured left with Talos Gallery & Foundry owner Richard Atkinson-Willes)

Fully restored Philip Blacker's Red Rum is resplendent at home in Aintree.

 

A legendary horse, it has been 51 years since Red Rum’s first National win in 1973, with 2 more Grand National wins jn 1974 and 1977 and placing second in ‘75 and ‘76 - an achievement never matched in the world’s most challenging race.

Maybe something you didn’t know but the sculptor of this magnificent piece, Philip Blacker, came third behind Red Rum riding Spanish Steps in 1973. He crafted this immortal sculpture of the racehorse in 1987 and it has stood at the site of Red Rum’s many triumphs ever since.

Talos Gallery is thrilled to have two of Philip Blacker’s recent bronzes in the garden for this year’s Summer Exhibition which opens from 25 May until 21 July 2024.

OWNER & RESIDENT ARTIST

The fusion of art and nature...

So much sculpture finds its final home in a garden it seems almost like its natural habitat; whether it’s a small piece acting as a feature amongst planting, or a huge statement creating a grand vista in parkland, sculpture has been placed in landscapes small and large for millennia.

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All the senses are indulged in our gardens, planned and curated throughout the year to be on point for our Summer Exhibition. 

Particularly pleased with the colour of our lupins and aromatic roses which were captured brilliantly in our Gallery Garden series of paintings commissioned from artist Valérie Pirlot.

SUMMER EXHIBITION 2023

Missed out on last year's Summer Exhibition, see the artists and their work online here.

MEET THE ARTIST

"At first glance my compositions may appear to be painted, however there is no paint involved. More than representative art, there is soul and an amplified sense of experience to be enjoyed."

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Natural Elements 2022

Missed out on our Natural Elements exhibition, visit our online gallery and see some of the highlights. 

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