Laurence Sparey RBA
Past Member

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Studied at Hornsey College of Art in the late 50s and The Royal College of Art from 1960 to 1964. Much of his career has been in education primarily at Camberwell School of Art and Crafts where he was senior lecturer and eventually Head of Departrment of Design Studies from 1985 until1991 when he retired. Throughout this time he had continued with his own work and on retirement developed more fully his long time interest in GRIDS. Most recently he has used elements of the grid to form three dimensional structures.
Laurence says “I build the grids from thin aluminium strips of varying sections variously coloured. My method of working is to start with a basic grid and experiment with variations for instance by changing the grid intervals, changing the weight and/or direction of a line or by introducing layers within grids or superimposing one grid on another. I also introduce a random element to the procedure by selecting variation in length, colour and/or angle by the throw of a dice.This is not an ̛̛expressive̛̛ method but mechanical to begin with and is considered successful if it generates enough complexity to hold the attention of the viewer. One intention is to build in unexpected conjunctions”.
Has exhibited at Oxford Gallery, The Contemporary Applied Arts Gallery and the Arnolfini Gallery. His work has appeared in various publications including the Design Magazine and the Craft Magazine and his work is held in the collections of West Midlans Arts, North West Arts and the Manchester Polytechnic Collection.
He was elected a member of The Royal Society of British Artists in 2007. Is a Freeman of the City of London and a Freeman of The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths .


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