In conjunction with Art Week Exeter (AWE) and ahead of my residency with Devon Wildlife Trust I produced a series of 10 small works - 5 drawings and 5 dry point etchings of birds. Thanks to Stephen Petett-Smith, curator at the RD&E for facilitating.
'Fallen Tree, Stoke Woods' has gone on long term display at Dartington Space. I have loaned it pending future exhibitions and was delighted to provide the opportunity for more people to see the work. Thanks to Richard Povall of artdotearth for facilitating.
A stunning room now houses one of my favourite works, Evening Light, Newton Woods. When I produced this work I wanted to suggest the possibility of stepping out of your urban setting and into a wild space; I think this is the ideal setting for it.
I'm delighted that 'Track, Newton Woods' picked up second prize at the Plough Art Centre's 'Big Draw' open exhibition 2016.
A solo show at Exeter Cathedral Chapter House. 160 attended the Private View with Brian Kirby providing accompanying music on the piano. A great space to see the work and I felt honoured to be showing the work beneath Ken Carter's great sculptures. Ken was a close friend of my father's and I spent some time helping him in his studio as a boy. Ken's daughter Amelia attended as did many good friends so it was a very special night.
I had a lot of fun running a charcoal drawing workshop at Thelma Hulbert Gallery's Garden Party - it was great to see young and old getting their hands dirty.
For 6 months from June to Dec '15 I worked on a project to design and create furniture from salvaged fishing vessels. Partnering with Ship builders and salvagers Exeter Maritime Services and local craftsman Barney Dearsley, the work was a mixture of hands on creativity and Computer Aided Design.
The mirrors below were cut out of ships fuel tanks
Blanket box made from the side of a mahogany yacht
'Fish' - Sculpture hand cut from the stern of a fishing boat wreck.
3m long outdoor table incorporating teak decking from a 1936 trawler
Designing the 10mm thick steel table base with Computer Aided Design
Lights made from discarded welding spools
The circular metal spools held a wire used in welding machines but were discarded after use. Barney recognised the potential to incorporate them into lighting and I took the idea forward with several experimental models. The bases are made from solid brass bar.
This type used an old fish paste jars as the light diffuser.
The head of this one incorporated a brass reflector that swivelled around the bulb on a bicycle bearing.
Another rotating head model incorporating prisms and a dimmer switch.
An exhibition of 4 large scale drawings of Exeter Cathedral and other Exeter landmarks. All works are charcoal on paper mounted in aluminium frames.
Richard Rochester is a UK artist who lives and works in Exeter in the south west of England