Wycliffe Stutchbury

“My compositions 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.”

Through his intricate landscapes, Wycliffe Stutchbury explores texture, colour and process, while expressing the nature of the material used. The title for each work refers to the location where the wood is found, emphasising the relationship of the material and its environment.

Born in 1965 in London, Wycliffe 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.

Wycliffe has exhibited extensively in the UK and in the US and has works in international collections. In 1990, he was awarded a gold medal from the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers and more recently in 2009, he received the “Best Contribution to Show Award” from the Crafts Council for his work featured in “Origin 2009” at the Somerset House London.