OSTINELLI&PRIEST – SHORT BIOGRAPHY
Ostinelli&Priest are well known for their animal sculpture which draws on both domestic and wildlife subjects. Paul Priest is a professional member of the Craft Potters Association who has formed a working partnership with Gaynor Ostinelli 12 years ago.
Paul studied Graphic Design, photography and illustration but it is as a ceramicist/sculptor that he has found his artistic vocation. It is since working with Gaynor Ostinelli the work has successfully developed into its present phase which can be seen in both galleries and exhibitions both nationally and internationally.
Through necessity the working format of the partnership has changed in that Paul Priest now predominantly models the work, leaving Gaynor Ostinelli free to design and research the subjects, presentation and photography.
OSTINELLI&PRIEST – Artist statement
The working partnership which is Ostinelli&Priest flourishes and develops simply because the balance of understanding and purpose between artists continues to create work that both pleases and inspires. The subjects chosen by Ostinelli&Priest is always changing because of the animal breeds that are our subjects and demand for the work to expand.
The making process begins with the construction of a form created from bubble wrap built over a rigid former. It is then that clay is applied onto the bubble wrap armature to achieve the desired subject.
The work is considered as our painting, we have always thought of our work as a crossover between on the one hand sculpture, the pieces are of first created in clay and fired, only then is colour applied bringing further character and individuality to the work as it develops. Sculptures will be fired as many times as is necessary to achieve the required finish.
The development of the sculptures has evolved through a process of trial and error, honed in large by acceptance of the work when presented in one of our various galleries, exhibitions, and the ever growing potential of the web.