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  • Writer's pictureLianne Jarrett

Julian Wild at Burntwood Farm

Julian Wild is one of the sculptors showing in our exhibition In Nature. Nationally exhibited in solo and group shows, Julian’s work is in national collections and he is in demand for major commissions. Julian is also a highly respected sculpture tutor, a recent Vice-chair of the prestigious Royal Society of Sculptors and Chair of its exhibitions committee.

His work spaces - an open-fronted barn for exterior tasks and a large, well-appointed interior studio - are in rural East Sussex at Burntwood Farm, Dane Hill. Approached through woodland roads they command a magnificent downland view.

Above: Burntwood Farm

Julian is currently working on a major new piece,”Fall”, which measures 6.4 metres in length. As suggested by its name, this impressive sculpture is being created from a fallen tree. The finished work will be exhibited - for the first time - on the lawn of the Secret Garden, where it will be tilted at 30 degrees.

Above: Julian working on 'Fall'

Many of Julian’s significant pieces involve the complex manipulation of metals to striking effect; and, during his career, one of his interests has been to work metals and block shapes in such a way that the finished sculpture appears to have been fashioned from a tree.

Above: Julian in his studio

Now, he has chosen to create certain works that reverse this process, taking as his starting point a dead or fallen tree which he squares off, truncating the branches, and then coating it in fibreglass. The work in progress is painted and then sprayed with car paint, before being polished to a lustrous finish. “Fall” and “Origin”, in the Secret Garden in May, are superb examples of this process.

In Nature will be open at the Secret Garden Kemp Town, on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays from 2 - 31 May, 11am - 5pm.

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