Alex Relph (1967)
Sculptor, Metalworker, Designer.
He gained an upper second honours degree in sculpture in 1989 at Norwich school of Art under the tutelage of Ana Maria Pacheco.
He has since specialised to work in metal producing sculpture, furniture and architectural metalwork to commission and for exhibition.
A large amount of his sculptural work has been made to be sited in an outdoor /garden setting although recently he has been focusing on smaller more intimate indoor pieces. Using collections of steel forms in combination he allows the work to lead its own creation and develop organically. He is interested in creating feelings of movement and balance through the combination of line and form. The piece then evolves instinctively through the innate qualities of the materials used. He plays with the interaction of disparate pieces and work towards creating a cohesive composition. Although distinctively abstract the work evokes subtle references to the figure and expressions of figurative movement and emotions.
He exhibits widely across the UK including at The Garden Gallery in Broughton, Hampshire where he has exhibited annually for over 15 years.
His work has been featured in awarding winning gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower show where he has also regularly exhibited.
Other work involves designing and producing furniture and architectural metalwork. He still considers these pieces to be innately sculptural and enjoys blending the boundaries between art and design. He has a catalogue of many successful commissions for numerous private and commercial clients.
He has produced many successful pieces of public art including a 50 metre screen Wyndham Way, Portishead, 2010 and Entrance Gates for Cemaes Park, Cardiff, 2011.
His work has been featured in various editorial press, publications include The Telegraph, The Sunday Times, The Evening Standard, Gardens Illustrated, Wallpaper, The English Garden, G.Q., Design Week, and Elle Decoration.