Malcolm Martin and Gaynor Dowling

Artist Statement

We make sculpture in wood, from half-ton monumental forms for a secret garden, to vessels sewn together from sections of veneer weighing a few grammes. We work together on every stage of the pieces, and have been collaborating full time since 1997. What all our pieces share is the central role of the hand and of hand tools, primarily through carving.

Our most recent bodies of work began this summer with a nine week residency at The Center for Art in Wood in Philadelphia, investigating combining traditional carving techniques with stitching, and some of the results can be seen here, there is more on the 'New Work in Philly' page of our website.

We make an increasing amount of work to commission, for both private and public clients, from intimate domestic pieces to significant outdoor works. Please feel welcome to contact us to discuss a potential project.

We exhibit regularly in London with Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, and have shown with her at the Crafts Council's Collect Fair each year since it began in 2004. We are also members of Contemporary Applied Arts, and have worked with flow gallery in Notting Hill for many years.

Outdoor sculpture can normally be seen at the Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden in Surrey.

In Scotland we show with Open Eye Gallery in Edinburgh.

We have lived and worked together in Stroud, Gloucestershire, in England's Cotswold hills since 1997.