Free-standing sculpture by William Peers

William Peers’ freestanding sculptures are primarily in marble, with the materials being sourced from Italy and Portugal.

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Achill

Deceptively simple; this form is astonishingly difficult to balance. The shape on the inside is related to, but not the same as, the shape on the outside.

Achill: ITALIAN MARBLE, 2016: W 47cm, H 64 cm, D 10 cm; £5,500


Tal

This form is  the point I have reached in my exploration of sculpture. I find this line through space fascinating, and will certainly explore it further.

Tal: ITALIAN MARBLE, 2016: W 43cm, H 75 cm, D 38 cm; £11,000Tal: ITALIAN MARBLE, 2016: W 43cm, H 75 cm, D 38 cm; £11,000Tal: ITALIAN MARBLE, 2016: W 43cm, H 75 cm, D 38 cm; £11,000

 

Cornula

I have tried variations of this theme. Here the section is a trefoil and the twist quite gentle. I like forms that loop and trap the eye for a moment.

Cornula: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2017: W 62cm, H 62 cm, D 10 cm; £7,000

 

Sesillo

I vacillate between very regular forms and those that are less so. This sculpture was undecided for a while before I found this solution. I like it when a sculpture really is a voyage of discovery.

Sesillo: ITALIAN MARBLE, 2017: W 58cm, H 58 cm, D 11 cm; £8,000Sesillo: ITALIAN MARBLE, 2017: W 58cm, H 58 cm, D 11 cm; £8,000


Elias

Elias has a change of direction. There were square edges that I took against and am happy I did. Now with softer lines I could concentrate on the balance alone.

Elias: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2016: W 70cm, H 91 cm, D 19 cm; SOLD

 

Tamasan

Here the ring wobbles and the balance is sought from an unbalanced beginning. I had a real fight to make it work and now love the result.

Tamasan: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2015: W 100cm, H 98 cm, D 11 cm; SOLD

 

Carlow

Ideas often lead to variation. In ‘Carlow’ the structure used in ‘Galvano’ was reduced to points. The angular mechanical edges give way to soft undulation.

Carlow: ITALIAN MARBLE, 2015: W 58cm, H 75 cm, D 13 cm; £7,500

 

Lynaeus

At least twenty years ago I carved this pattern in a relief carving. I wanted to try the pattern wrapped around a sphere.

Lynaeus: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2015: W 34cm, H 49 cm, D 34 cm; SOLD


 

Paluno

Here, and even more tricky, I wrapped the same pattern seen in ‘Lynaeus’ around a ring.
Paluno: CARRARA MARBLE, 2015: W 56cm, H 74 cm, D 19 cm; £7,000

 

Galvano

This has a much more mathematical feel than most of my work. Actually the segments are marked out with string rather than with any fiendish mathematical calculation.

Galvano: CARRARA MARBLE, 2016: W 120cm, H 138 cm, D 18 cm; £18,000 


 

Kotori

Here the twisting motif bends to form a saddle. Birds, weather vanes and horses come to mind.

Kotori: CARRARA MARBLE, 2015: W 78cm, H 24 cm, D 18 cm; £6,000   Kotori: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2015: W 78cm, H 24 cm, D 18 cm; £6,000

 

Lunasa

Sculpture where there is no end to the flow interests me. The form circulates as do the forms upon the form. I was very glad to find a split piece of marble with natural rust staining, for the sculpture to sit on.

Lunasa: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2015: W 58cm, H 38 cm, D 18 cm;  SOLD

 

 

Vanya

A larger version of ‘Lunasa’, sitting very happily on a rough piece of Tunisian Black Marble.

Vanya: CARRARA MARBLE, 2016: W 133cm, H 120 cm, D 40 cm; £25,000

 

Corinth

The twisting design adds tension to the ring and gives the sculpture power. I love the colouring on this marble.

Corinth: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2015: W 65cm, H 65 cm, D 15 cm; SOLD

 

Elverben

This is such a wonderful material to look at but very difficult to carve. The twisting design feels very different on the dark stone.

Elverben: TUNISIAN BLACK MARBLE, 2015: W 54cm, H 54 cm, D 12 cm; SOLD

 

Still Crenham

I wanted to try a circular form with the same patterning and a smaller hole. The difference, in size and shape on the inside to the outside, is correspondingly much greater.
Still Crenham: CARRARA MARBLE, 2015: W 61cm, H 79 cm, D 20 cm; SOLD

 

Fisk

I wanted to see how the twisting motif employed in ‘Corinth’ would work on a vertical form. I left the top rough (as well as a small section of the bottom) to remind us that it was made from a natural material. It brings to mind an ancient architectural remnant too.

Fisk: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2015: W 15cm, H 102 cm, D 15 cm; £5,500

 

Polette

These soft forms, joined to make a ring, bring to mind all sorts of good things to me. Boiled sweets, polished pebbles on the seashore, old bars of soap, coins worn smooth by countless pockets. The more I look, the more I see. This idea led on to ‘Gamelin’ (below).

Polette: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2015: W 50cm, H 66 cm, D 11 cm; SOLD

 

Sable

Here the discs are smaller up above, giving the sense that they are going right up into the sky.
Sable: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2015: W 65cm, H 93 cm, D 11 cm; SOLD

 

Gamelin

After focusing on making circular forms with touching segments, here I am trying to simplify things with just three forms. Making each form work in its own right - as well as touching the others - is tricky.
Gamelin: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2015: W 53cm, H 56 cm, D 14 cm; SOLD

 

Wineri

The loop with a twist. Rarely is a sculpture interesting from all sides. This one is, I believe.
Wineri: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2016: W 48cm, H 73 cm, D 32 cm; SOLD

 

Tamago

We look in inside this world and see a moon or sun. The inside form is balanced with the outer form.

Tamago: CARRARA MARBLE, 2016: W 66 cm, H 73 cm, D 28 cm; £10,000

 

Falkinn

A new thought, playing with this heavy texture to animate a surface. This is the first time that I have employed these wisps - animating the surface. Suddenly the wedge form becomes bristling or scuttling.

Falkinn: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2016: W 28 cm, H 23 cm, D 41 cm; £5,000 Falkinn: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2016: W 28 cm, H 23 cm, D 41 cm; £5,000

 

Fraenir

The texture, once more, giving enormous movement to this curling form.

Fraenir: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2016: W 38 cm, H 47 cm, D 16 cm; SOLD

 

Friel

With its multiple forms falling, or perhaps rising up. Is it growing or cascading? I’m not sure.

Friel: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2016: W 32 cm, H 246 cm, D 27 cm; SOLD

 

Pershar

Very gentle and smooth on one side, and aggressive on the other. I am happy to have introduced this element.

Pershar: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2016: W 39 cm, H 66 cm, D 14 cm; £5,500


Menura

Flowing forms from constraint to liberty. Reminiscent of ‘Kotori’ and birdlike figuration.
Menura: CARRARA MARBLE, 2016: W 60 cm, H 57 cm, D 23 cm; £6,500

 

Tor

The very start of a series of sculptures, exhibited at John Martin Gallery in 2014. The fitting together of two forms. Is it a figure? This is the simplest – and to my mind – one of the most satisfactory sculptures of the series.

Tor: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2013: W 40cm, H 115 cm, D 22 cm; SOLDTor: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2013: W 40cm, H 115 cm, D 22 cm; SOLD

 

Young Able

The first step away from the ‘Alkathene joint’. The segments are separated from each other. Independent. They climb and twist.

Young Able: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2013: W 19cm, H 85 cm, D 18 cm;  £4,800Young Able: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2013: W 19cm, H 85 cm, D 18 cm; £4,800

 

Glad Able

The segments get very small and thin towards the top. Trying to reach upwards.
Glad Able: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2013: W 29cm, H 145 cm, D 23 cm;  SOLDGlad Able: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2013: W 29cm, H 145 cm, D 23 cm; SOLD

 

Torque I

The forms and symmetry of the void are nicely balanced here. I made a larger version of this a little later on.

Torque I: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2013: W 60cm, H 75 cm, D 15 cm; SOLD

 

Rushes ’O

This sculpture of joined segments leaves only a tiny hole in the middle. The strength and presence of the hole becomes as powerful as the forms themselves.

Rushes 'O: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2013: W 60cm, H 75 cm, D 15 cm; SOLDRushes 'O: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2013: W 60cm, H 75 cm, D 15 cm; SOLD

 

Still Cedar

One of four small rings of segments that came out of a single block of marble. They work together wonderfully as a mini series within the exhibition. Here: tiny, sharp, angular segments.


Still Cedar: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2013: W 60cm, H 75 cm, D 15 cm; SOLDStill Cedar: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2013: W 60cm, H 75 cm, D 15 cm; SOLDStill Cedar: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2013: W 60cm, H 75 cm, D 15 cm; SOLD

 

Freewheel

The fourth in the mini series. Here the angled forms give the sculpture movement and life. Is it spinning?

Freewheel: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2013: W 60cm, H 75 cm, D 15 cm; SOLD

 

Torin

Following the circular segmented forms, what would it be like to visually twist the circle up? Technically very awkward that’s how! The few inches inbetween the passing forms take as long as the rest of the sculpture. Ever changing as you walk around.

Torin: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2013: W 40cm, H 72 cm, D 30 cm; SOLDTorin: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2013: W 40cm, H 72 cm, D 30 cm; SOLD

 

Skipping Jo

Here I go from technical trickery, to technical lunacy! A double twist. This is the only sculpture in the series where I abandon the segmented forms – I feel they might have over complicated an already complex form.

Skipping Jo: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2013: W 40cm, H 115 cm, D 22 cm; SOLDSkipping Jo: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2013: W 40cm, H 115 cm, D 22 cm; SOLD

 

Lazy Boy

One of the simplest and free-flowing of the series. Stacked forms but in a loose, slightly more arbitrary way than some.

Lazy Boy: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2013: W 42cm, H 100 cm, D 16 cm; SOLDLazy Boy: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2013: W 42cm, H 100 cm, D 16 cm; SOLD

 

Slim

My young son calls this the ‘Stack of Books’. He is right. The simple twist by way of animation works well here. It also brings to mind oriental temples.

Slim: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2013: W 26cm, H 145 cm, D 26 cm; SOLDSlim: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2013: W 26cm, H 145 cm, D 26 cm; SOLD

 

Tarjack I

The first, smaller version of the ‘Stack of Books’. The forms are curved in all directions giving great animation.

Tarjack I: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2013: W 25cm, H 115 cm, D 15 cm; £7,500

 

Torque II

A larger versions of one of the four from the mini series of rings. Lovely in the landscape. I have an idea to carve a bigger version still.

Torque II: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2013; W 93cm, H 109 cm, D 12 cm; SOLDTorque II: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2013; W 93cm, H 109 cm, D 12 cm; SOLD

 

Tarjack II

Here the segments sit on top of one another like squared mushrooms. How it changes everything – making the underside curved.

Tarjack II: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2013: W 35cm, H 176 cm, D 25 cm; £16,000Tarjack II: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2013: W 35cm, H 176 cm, D 25 cm; £16,000

 

Caper

The ferns that grown in the hedgerows in Cornwall unfurl like this. Stacked forms enjoying the vertical and the circular ideas in one.

Caper: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2013: W 34cm, H 120 cm, D 20 cm; SOLD 

 

Revel

A second version, where the smallest forms continue upwards. By cutting the marble cleverly it becomes so animated that it is hard to imagine that the sculpture came from a single block.

 Revel: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2013: W 42cm, H 120 cm, D 25 cm; SOLD

 

Coy

Here the diminishing segments twist and fall again as they die out. Lots of very awkward little gaps to bruise the knuckles on. Ouch!
Coy: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2013: W 40cm, H 122 cm, D 31 cm; SOLDCoy: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2013: W 40cm, H 122 cm, D 31 cm; SOLD

 

Bess

The largest sculpture in the series with fantastic colouration. I love the animation created by the segments changing direction.

Bess: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2013; W 40cm, H 209 cm, D 25 cm; SOLD

 

Join

I love this bend. It came from looking at a bent piece of plastic pipe. The end hovers off the surface of the base: almost touching.

Join: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2011; W 26cm, H 41 cm, D 13 cm; £1,600

 

Clinch

This work feels like a transition into a new direction. The bent articulation is still seen but the curling limbs and opening of the void are new. There is more air than stone.

Clinch: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2011; W 50cm, H 48cm, D 29cm; £4000Clinch: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2011; W50 X H48 X D29cm, £4000

 

Cinquain

I carved a series called 100 Days. This carving was after the end of that series and was the continuing the point I had reached. The figure is articulated with a device discovered and employed during the second half of that series.

Cinquain: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2011; W 74cm, H 43 cm, D 22 cm; £9,000

 

Triad

This is as if two forms have been put together. The articulated limbs below and the triangular motif above that reminds me of Gaudier Brzeska. He was one of my earliest passions. The whole assemblage is very energetic.

Triad: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2011; W 26 cm, H 56 cm, D 27 cm; £2,800 Triad: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2011; W 26 cm, H 56 cm, D 27 cm; £2,800

 

Letting Go

I like the idea of capturing something that looks like it is in transition. Although clearly static, perhaps the mind can wander and imagine the two halves pulling apart. Separating.

Letting Go: ITALIAN MARBLE, 2013; W 59cm, H 122 cm, D 33 cm; £18,000

 

Lifting Mist

This first sculpture I have carved in this wonderful Onyx. Hard and brittle; more like glass than marble but with a wonderful translucence.

Lifting Mist: TURKISH ONYX, 2013; W 25cm, H 76 cm, D 33 cm; £10,000

 

In and Out of Weeks

This undulating form in Esmarelda Onyx mirrors the shapes found on the front on the back. The top and bottom edges have a rough crust that only serves to enhance the extraordinary colouration found within.

In and Out of Weeks: IRANIAN ESARELDA ONYX, 2013; W 94cm, H 74 cm, D 25 cm; £16,000

 

Green Torso

This Esmarelda Onyx is so crazy, so exotic, so overwhelming that only a simple form works best. It is also very liable to fall apart if there are parts sticking out of it.

Green Torso: IRANIAN ESARELDA ONYX, 2013; W 22cm, H 51 cm, D 18 cm; £3,500

 

Onyx Figure

Onyx is quite, quite different from marble – more translucent. The forms need exaggeration in order to be read. With the sun on it, this torso glows.

Onyx Figure: ONYX, 2015; W 17cm, H 42 cm, D 15 cm; £3,100Onyx Figure: ONYX, 2015; W 17cm, H 42 cm, D 15 cm; £3,100


Run

This joyful figure with huge limbs sprints forward. She has wonderful warm colouration on her front which is typical of marble from this area of Portugal.

Run: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2012; W 30cm, H 52 cm, D 25 cm; £2,300

 

Walking Figure

This figure is after Egyptian carvings I have seen and loved. The figure is striding out, yet formal and still.

Walking Figure: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2015; W 15cm, H 35 cm, D 12 cm; £2,100Walking Figure: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2015; W 15cm, H 35 cm, D 12 cm; £2,100

Swimmer

This swimming torso delicately balances on her belly. I enjoyed thinking about the roll of the trunk and trying to put it in the carving.

Swimmer: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2013; W 39cm, H 13 cm, D 12 cm; SOLD

 

Angel

I love carving these figures. The strength, or rather weakness, of the marble demands that the limbs are massive. The constraints of the material lead the way.

Angel: PORTUGUESE MARBLE, 2013; W 28cm, H 39 cm, D 22 cm; SOLD