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Gail Van Heerden BA (Hons)

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About Gail Van Heerden

Gail Van Heerden was born in Scotland, brought up in Africa, married to a Scotsman and living in Scotland, it means she starts from a rich cocktail of life as a basis for her work, where she executes with a questing sincerity and poetic passion. In demand at exhibitions and in collections, mainly in Scotland and America.

Exhibition History of Gail Van Heerden

Gail Van Heerden`s Exhibition History
2000 - Edinburgh Zoo
1999 - Royal Scottish Academy
1999 - Fisherton Mill, Salisbury
1999 - Frames Gallery, Perth
1999 - Aberdeen Art Society
1998 - Scottish Artists and Artists Craftmen
1998 - Society of Scottish Artists
1998 - Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts
1998 - Perth Public Library
1998 - Ninewells Hospital
1998 - Cumbria Theatre Trust
1997 - Scottish Artists and Artists Craftmen
1997 - Society of Scottish Artists
1997 - Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts
1996 - Scottish Artists and Artists Craftmen
1996 - Society of Scottish Artists
1995 - Scottish Artists and Artists Craftmen.

Biography / CV of Gail Van Heerden

Gail Van Heerden`s Biography,
If I had not been dyslexic I could have been a poet, where the writtenword would count, but I am. The physical or emotional sensation of life have become an intuitive part of my work. In making sculpture, I do not think in words, I think in shapes. I find that all the natural forms are a source of unending interest - tree trunk, the growth of branches from the trunk, each finding its individual air space. How the orginal form of the branch or trunk, piece of wood may be reformed by other elements, weather, wind, water, man. the shpe of rocks, the bones of the Earth, weather with her moods, water which can calm yet frighten.

The whole of Nature is an endless demonstration of shape and form. My work is instinctive, intuitive, the feeling I can not write or say. The energy or power I may feel in seeing or the touch of the moment. I want to imprison this energy in my work so that others can feel it. My ambition is to empower my work with life. The bringing together of the known, what is recognised, factual, and the unknown intuitive, something without conscious reasoning, a feeling or emotion.

I have no inhibitions about using different forms and different experiences combined together in one work whether their source is anima, human, or from natural materials. A found object may have beauty in its own right, or portary a feeling or emotion. The challenge can be, not to disturb it, just enjoy its natural power.

With all the materials I use, I want them to speak to me. If it is wood I want to feel my way, and by trying to find out what it may suggest rather than imposing myself upon it. It may suggest a human figure, it may be animal form. Whatever I find that may portary the feelings I search for, there must be something preserved of the woods own life. I do not want to make a horse of wood, but wood which suggests a horse.

To evoke the essence of a form so successfully that people were to succumb to the natural temptation to run their hand over the sculpture, as if it seemed filled with inner life, or to feel the power of emotion which I felt when making the form.

Stone that has been carved into a form that exudes the physical or emotional sensation of a free spirit.

Discarded rusting metal with residue of a past life becomes alive once again in the form of the Aurochs, with all the strenght and power it portrays.

Form, the shape of things, are the most exciting side of my life. Through it I express my feelings and emotions without need for words.

And there I travel, looking, breathlessly.

Artist Statement of Gail Van Heerden

Gail Van Heerden`s Artist Statement,
For me there is only the travelling on paths that have heart, on any path that may have heart. There I travel and the only worth-while challenge is to traverse it full length. And there I travel looking, looking, breathlessly.

Awards and Prizes of Gail Van Heerden

Gail Van Heerden`s Awards
1998 - The Gatehouse Gallery, Glasgow Award
1998 - Milly and Benno Schotz Award
2000 - Artist in Residence, The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland.

Acquisitions / Collections of work by Gail Van Heerden

Gail Van Heerden`s Important Sales and Collections
Whales - Northumberland
Stone Figure - Edinburgh
Whale - Fife
Rocking Horse and Tulips - Midlothian
Colours of Calm - Newbridge
Owl - Crieff
School of Thought - Moffat
African - Alyth
Free Spirit - Germany
Suzy - Norwick
Waterfall - Dundee
Free Spirit Two - Edinburgh.

Price Range of Work

Gail Van Heerden's work has a price range from £875 to £29,000

Mediums utilised

Gail Van Heerden's work is found in the following materials:

Artwork Categorised

Gail Van Heerden's work is found in the following categories on site:
Recycled Materials / Objets trouvees or Upcycle sculpture Statues statuettes (2)
Objects of desire Sculptures
Public Art Sculpture
Garden Or Yard / Outside and Outdoor Sculptures
Varietal Mix of Bird Sculptures or Statues
Wild Animals and Wild Life Sculptures
Small bird Sculptures
Elephants (Pachederms) Sculptures, African, Indian, Sumatran
Farm Yard Sculptures
African Animal and Wildlife Sculptures
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