Mo Jupp / 6 February to 5 March, 2016
Exhibition 6 Feb - 5 Mar
PRIVATE VIEW SATURDAY 6 FEBRUARY 2016, 4pm - 6pm
Gallery Opening Hours: Weds - Sat, 10:00-5:30. Sun - Tues, by appointment.
Oxford Ceramics Gallery
29 Walton St
+44 (0)1865 512320
During a career spanning some 50 years Mo Jupp has evolved a style that is unmistakably his. This exhibition of his most recent work focuses on his female figures, predominantly small-scale pieces alongside several larger sculptures. These are an affirmation of Jupp's continuing zest for both his subject and his medium. The exhibition is on show at Oxford Ceramics Gallery, 29 Walton Road, Oxford, from 6 February to 5 March 2016.
The female form is a subject that has intrigued and engaged Jupp throughout his life as an artist. His early sculptural figures – slender and elongated - were inspired in part by archaic forms such as the Cycladic figurines admired by his tutor Hans Coper, and ancient Cypriot statuettes. There are echoes too of the painters Modigliani and Euan Uglow. Jupp’s main inspiration, however, is constant observation.
Like all Jupp’s work, his figures are created with great economy of means, pared down to their very essence. He is keen to give them a certain anonymity, and indeed a universality, yet they have become increasingly individual and expressive in their posture and attitude, whether kneeling, lying outstretched or, like many of the figures in this exhibition, sitting. They are as natural, relaxed, and as unselfconscious as Jupp’s effortless style.
Jupp's work is also a celebration of his medium, clay, and its particular qualities: the way it folds, cracks, slumps. He makes no attempt to disguise the joins between the different sections of his hand-built forms, indeed they are often emphasised by the use of white slip on a terracotta or black clay body. To articulate his forms further he adds panels of clay almost as though it were fabric – a characteristic he attributes to his mother’s work as a seamstress. Once fired, he lightly sands the piece and applies a layer of wax polish to give it a rich, lustrous finish.
Jupp’s sculptures are never overworked. As a result, they are immensely tactile and have a compelling freshness and immediacy - clearly evident in the forthcoming exhibition.