Gilded Cloudscape is the first in the series of works from two gilders, Jamie and Archie Foale, and artist, Jamie Durkin. The series combines the silver gilt craftsmanship developed in the Foale studio in London and the pencil-and-charcoal works from the Durkin studio in New York. After Durkin and Foale’s work competed in the 2013 Sotheby’s Summer Exhibition, winning 1st and 2nd prize respectively, the artists determined to produce works combining the quiet reflection of the Foales’ gilding with the soft pattern of chiaroscuro in Durkin’s cloud studies. Gilded Cloudscape is the realization of that concept.
Jamie Foale is a photographer and printer who studied at the University of Leeds and works in London. He has produced two exhibitions combining gilding with landscape and music photography, among other gallery exhibitions across the UK. Foale’s method marries verre eglomisé gilding with contemporary digital printing, and was designed to resembles early era daguerreotype silver-plate photographic prints by allowing light to reflect off the gilt through the digital print.
After reading History of Art at The University of Nottingham, Jamie Durkin attended the Princes Drawing School, working under Martin Shortis and Jeanette Barnes. Principally a draughtsman, Durkin is interested in exploring our perception of time and memory. Deceptively simple, his luminous pieces reference events that suggest a profounder narrative. Durkin has previously exhibited alongside artists such as Mat Collishaw and Grenville Davey at shows across London and Europe.