William Braithwaite

Website: http://www.williambraithwaite.com

Email: williambraithwaite15@hotmail.co.uk

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Concretion, 2017, William Braithwaite Concrete, Steel, Bronze

Urban Aurora, 2017, William Braithwaite, Mirror Polished Stainless Steel, and concrete

Concretion, 2017, William Braithwaite Concrete, Steel, Bronze

Concretion, 2017, William Braithwaite Concrete, Steel, Bronze

Bisect, 2016, William Braithwaite, Concrete and Steel

Bisect, 2016, William Braithwaite, Concrete and Steel


Statement

My practice is a constant exploration of repetition, process and formation. Often these works explore the boundary between sculpture and architecture. Making a dialog between the two practices. Influence has come from the architectural styles of Modernism and Brutalism. Using repetitive shapes and forms, I build up a larger form that have geometric and linear values. Often these works are made from concrete. Using concrete asks questions about the relationship of architecture and sculpture. The mundane colour of the material allows the viewer can pay more attention to the form and structure of the work while giving it a permanent feel. The works almost appropriate different architectural and other functional objects and combine them together to create a hybrid

Making on a large-scale means that the viewer can have a bodily interaction with the work. I feel this is important when making work in relation architectural interventions. It is interesting to see how sculpture inspired by architecture responds to buildings of varying architectural styles.

While my work may look similar to some architectural forms, I am making something purely visual with no function, and with a conceptual framework that only art can have. The material, scale, form and location give my work its context and narrative, separating it from pure architecture. I believe my own artwork describes visual relationships; it is a way for me to make sense of architecture and its aesthetic values. It is a way of trying to understand abstract relationships. The difference between sculpture and architecture in my work is that architecture is the influence of my sculptural forms.


Biography

William Braithwaite Graduated from the Sculpture and Environmental Art Department at the Glasgow School of Art in 2017. Recent awards have included, long listed for the Aesthetica Art Prize, RSA New contemporary's selected artist, Society of Scottish Artists (SSA) invited graduate, winner of the Bruce Finnie By Distinction award. Braithwaite have exhibited at The Maclaurin Gallery, Ayr The Whisky Bond, Glasgow, Pollok House Glasgow, and,The Glasgow Art Club.

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