Jack Durling is a sculptural ceramicist who creates artworks that are emotively driven by his passion for conservation and wildlife. Celebratory of the animal species depicted, decorative techniques are often combined unconventionally. These organic embellishments create a visual language that subtly highlights beauty with underlying irony.
Inspired by the mass trafficking of animals and climate change these themes feature heavily in Jacks collections. Each piece starts with a coil of clay with this narrative being encapsulated in each bespoke piece, creating a voice for those that cannot speak for themselves.
Having spent much time in Dungeness as a child, textural contrasts have evolved as a recognisable feature in his approach. The layering of materials see’s him cross over harmoniously between ceramics and painting.
Notably his creative practise has seen him develop large scaled installation pieces with The Blind Veterans UK and Educational Institutions, as well as having shown at prolific events both nationally and internationally.
Jack is a Craft Council, Hothouse 2020 Talent.
Naked Eye Gallery · 70 Western Road · Hove · November 2017
Cecilia Colman Gallery · St Johns Wood High Street · London · November 2017
Dynamite Gallery · Trafalgar Street · Brighton · October 2017