Founder of the Bristol Drawing School, Carol Peace is a figurative sculptor who could not work without drawing. Throughout her process of creating, she makes detailed life drawings before modelling her self-reflective figures in clay.
With their delicately balanced forms and rock like plinths Carol’s figures invite the viewer to mediate on the human condition, the step from adolescence to adult hood or the vulnerability of a mother and child. The sculptures are made in clay, which, like charcoal, is quick to make marks with. Once finished it is cast into bronze and resins, those fluid (sketch-like) marks of the making are then fixed forever.
Carol graduated from the Winchester School of Art in 1922 and set up studio in the Bristol Sculpture Shed, which would later become Spike Island. She moved to Paintworks in 2004.
Her intensely personal work is shown and collected all over the UK, Europe, the Far East and United States. Her large-scale work is permanently on show at Glyndebourne and at the Dorchester’s country house hotel in Ascot.