2016 marks the tercentenary of the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, a man so influential that he is regarded as the ‘father’ of landscape architecture.
In partnership with The Capability Brown Festival, VisitEngland is promoting ‘Year of the English Garden’ as a key theme for 2016, in celebration of England’s many beautiful gardens.
Lancelot Brown was a man who left deep “footprints on the sands of time” (A Psalm of Life by H. W. Longfellow). In the spirit of this year’s festival of Brown’s achievements and legacy, and the art and design of gardens, The Garden Gallery will celebrate and promote the role of contemporary sculpture and ceramics as key elements in the creation of beautiful gardens, a tradition reaching back centuries and now an integral part of garden design.
Charlotte Mayer is a sculptor who will undoubtedly leave footprints on the sands of time. Born in Prague in 1929 she came to England from Prague with her mother just before war broke out ten years later. Charlotte has exhibited at The Garden Gallery almost since it opened in 1994. During this time a growing number of visitors to the gallery have become ardent and loyal fans of her work, and look forward each year to enjoying her sculptures and the opportunity to appreciate her skill as an artist, the depth of her imagination and her exceptionally high standards of craftsmanship.
This summer The Garden Gallery will exhibit a new collection of small sculptures by Charlotte Mayer, whose work is as fresh, compelling and vibrant as ever.
Charlotte Mayer studied at Goldsmith’s College and the Royal College of Art in London. Her work is represented in both corporate and institutional collections, and private collections in Europe, Japan and the USA. Public commissions include work for Banque Paribas in London, and in 2001 her large bronze sculpture, Pharus, was installed at Goodwood in Sussex by the Cass Sculpture Foundation.
"I believe that a sculpture should speak for itself. It should need no verbal description. A title may give a hint to the viewer of what was in the sculptor's mind”.
The exhibition will open on Saturday 14 May (Private View 11–5) and run until 9 July on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 11–5, or by arrangement. Photo: Flying Through 2 by Charlotte Mayer FRBS (bronze). Steve Russell courtesy Gallery Pangolin.