Wycliffe Stutchbury

Wycliffe Stutchbury creates intricate wood shingle wall panels and free-standing screens. Each piece of wood is laid by hand to create expressive rhythms across the surface of the work. The artist writes: ‘My compositions made from fallen and forgotten timber are studies in the narrative beauty of wood. They are made to reveal timbers’ response to its environment over time, its unfashioned beauty, durability, and vulnerability. The origin of the material I use is central to my work. Whether it be discarded floorboards from a Victorian terraced house, a garden fence, a branch of Sycamore found in a scrub area that fringes the fields of the Sussex Downs, or a 40 year old Oak gate post, the sense of place is very important.’

Born in 1965 in London, Stutchbury studied at the London College of Furniture and subsequently worked for 25 years as a furniture maker. He then later graduated from University Brighton with a BA Hons in 3D Craft in 2003 and co-founded the Blue Monkey Studio, a collective of Eastbourne based artists, in the same year.

The artist has exhibited extensively in the UK and in the US and has works in international collections. He has received several notable awards, including from the Crafts Council UK for his work featured in “Origin 2009” at the Somerset House London and a gold medal from the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers. In 2018, Stutchbury was shortlisted for the Loewe Craft Prize.