James Castle
RSA, ARBS

  • Born : 14/12/1946
  • Academician Elected : 18/06/2008

BIOGRAPHY

  • Born : 14/12/1946
  • Academician Elected : 18/06/2008

My work lies in a space between sleep and wakefulness, life and death, memory and the present. Still, slow-moving, lingering forms provide a resting place for thoughts and experiences, some actual, others dreamed. Working within a traditional sculptural language (mainly painted wood and bronze), I draw inspiration from a wide range of sources including Egyptian and Pictish Art, the landscape, surrealism and my Scottish heritage.
I have repeatedly returned to animal imagery, which acts as a metaphor for the human condition.

Drawing allows my imagination a freedom to roam in a direct, uninhibited and searching way, which contrasts strongly with the slower and more ponderous process of working with form and materials. It operates on a totally different timescale and can often act as a catalyst for my work. Drawing helps me to collect memories, and contributes to the mythologies and history of my sculpture. It is a constant parallel activity to making.

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