Online Exhibition: March 18th - April 29th 2022
Michael Speller's sculptures are defined by the human form. They explore the complexities and contrasts innate within us all: dependence, independence, interaction, singularity, movement and stillness.
Yet, at the heart of each sculpture is an underlying sense of balance, honed by years of transforming ideas and thoughts into first clay forms, worked and re-worked, and then finally into bronze.
The hand of the artist is evident throughout and forms an integral and intimate part of each sculpture, with incisions and grooves made by tools and fingers overlapping and blending with imprinted words. This organic sensibility gifts each sculpture with a presence, both of the moment and of a time long forgotten.
Rolled bronze brings are a familiar presence across Michael's oeuvre, acting as both unique points of focus and platforms to support the figures. These rings provide both a visual and a literal balance, with single figures striving forward with purpose in a continuous cycle ('Long Run', 'Faster Higher Stronger') and with pairs and groups of figures occupying the summit of the rings their gaze fixed outward ('Full Circle, 'Nourish'). With 'Harmony', one of Michael's most impressive and ambitious works, two figures are suspended almost as one in the centre of a monumental ring.
After a successful career in business Michael pursued a passion for art and studied sculpture at the Chelsea College of Fine Art. Michael was named official artist for the BT Art of Sport Programme for The 2012 London Olympics. He shows regularly with the High Performance Art Gallery and his sculptures are in private collections across Europe, America and Asia.
Notable public installations include: a sculpture outside the Thomas R. Kline School of Law in Philadelphia, USA, 'Momentum' for Mougins International School in France, a unique commission for the Millbank Tower in London and a large public commission for Greenwich Market in London.
“My work with the human form attempts to find a rhythm and balance in our lives, reflecting and realising our imperfections and then counterbalancing them with positivity and support in order to achieve a visual and spiritual equilibrium within ourselves and the world around us”