Art in the Home Confirmed Artist - Ross Gilbertson
Ross Gilbertson’s studio is quite unlike any other at Yorkshire Art Space. An eccentric hybrid of carpenter’s workshop, sculptor’s atelier and mad scientist’s laboratory, it is filled with metamorphosing creatures (a lot of them half-man, half-dragonfly) cast in bronze, and human forms emerging from polished concrete eggs. Even his ‘classical’ furniture has a Steampunk subversiveness to it: Georgian hanging corner cupboards are crafted from gleaming copper or cast from iron.
“When I was younger I really wanted to be a sculptor at a time when sculpture was very unfashionable,” explains Gilbertson opening his fridge to grab some milk, only for it to reveal rows of human heads cast from wax as if it were some cryogenic apparatus. “Oh, don’t mind them — I had them all out on the table recently and renamed them ‘Gormless’ in reference to the artist Antony Gormley and the blank stare on their faces.”
For Art in the Home Gilbertson is showcasing something far less macabre but no less engaging: his fresh take on a Georgian circular tilt-top tripod table, made of ash and inlaid with pewter and mother of pearl (£1440).
Take the opportunity to view Ross’s work as part of our Art in the Home Exhibition from the 1st - 10th November 2019 at Kommune in Sheffield city centre. Art in the Home is a selling exhibition of Mid-Century design classics brought to you by Studio 2021 mixed with the very best of Sheffield’s furniture makers, ceramicists and fine artists.