A gift from Mexico started it – a painted carved wooden fish. he was struck by its crude vitality and knew he wanted to make things like this. Jeremy’s personal visual language has developed from a familiarity with many carving traditions,particularly Romanesque sculpture and Mexican Folk-Art.
Graduating as a sculptor in 1970, he started his woodcarving business with an Enterprise Allowance Scheme grant in 1985. As well as carving dishes and bowls he started doing a lot of relief carving and lettering, so that house signs and relief panels soon became an important part of my work.
Jeremy takes pleasure in working with wood, how it behaves, how it cuts with
sharp tools, the smell of it. he uses relief carving to unite picture
making with the physical deliberateness of carving, combine colour with the
crisp use of light and shade, and play with shape, form, pattern, and textures.
With this language and material I explore many themes: human desire and want; conflict, intolerance, and other major issues and anxieties of our time; and pattern, number and geometry in natural forms. He brings together shapes of cars, expensive watches, handbags, perfume bottles and warplanes, to evoke joy, threat, attraction and repulsion, and a wonder at the everlasting mystery of creation. Jet planes drop lipstick bombs and cars and wheels sprout leaves and flowers.
As well as making large relief carved wall pieces, Jeremy still makes carved dishes, bowls, sculptural vessels, paper knives and pendants. He is always open to enquiries from people who want something made that is special and unique.