Wednesday 12 October 2022
An Exhibition of the Sculpture and Drawings of John Maine RA
Young Gallery 15th October to 16th November 2022
This exhibition will coincide with the dedication of ‘Turning Point’ in the Guildhall Square, Salisbury. The formal reception of the sculpture by the City will be at 12 noon on Saturday October 15TH, attended by the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Salisbury, alongside Rebecca Salter, the President of the Royal Academy.
‘Turning Point’ was commissioned through the Sir George Frampton Fund, as a special gift to the City of Salisbury in 2018. It was made in Scotland just before the pandemic and installed in 2021
The tall Granite sculpture has been created by John Maine RA as a link between the City and the Cathedral. He describes it as ‘a marker of confidence in the City after a troubled period’ and hopes that it will add to a sense of optimism about the City’s future. ‘Turning Point’ marks the passage of time as its shadow encircles its base. The stability of this spire of granite, which weighs 5 tons, contrasts with the twisting form and a sense of movement.
The Young Gallery exhibition will include stone sculptures related to the Salisbury piece, and will explore Maine’s process of drawing as a preparation for sculpture. There will also be examples of his drawings which explore the landscape settings of his works. New sculpture and drawings will be exhibited here for the first time.
John Maine has many links with the South West. He was born in Bristol and studied sculpture at the West of England College of Art and The Royal College. His first fellowship was in Cheltenham and later he held a two year fellowship in the early days of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. He carved for extended periods in Portland Dorset and has since travelled widely and has made sculpture in several countries. His work can be seen in many public collections in UK and beyond.
In 1997 he was elected to the Royal Academy where he regularly exhibits. Since 1987 he has lived in Wiltshire.