Harold Gosney 'My Life as an Artist' Retrospective Exhibition: Charity Auction

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The Stained Glass Trust is honoured to be hosting Harold Gosney's retrospective exhibition 'My Life as an Artist' at the Stained Glass Centre in York. As a rule, Mr. Gosney does not sell his work, but to celebrate his 80th birthday and retrospective exhibition, is very generously offering two lots for auction, with all proceeds being donated to the Stained Glass Trust.


The first lot is for 'Equine Head', a beautiful hand-carved mahogany sculpture, with a starting price of £400. 


The second lot is for two framed drawings relating to 'Equine Head', with a starting price of £150.


This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to purchase Gosney's work, and we wish you luck in placing the winning bids on the auction lots! 


Please note: If you are the lucky winner, collection of the item from York can be arranged directly with Harold Gosney/The Stained Glass Trust. We shall provide information relating to this once the winner has been emailed after the auction. Delivery will be possible through the use of a courier service, although it will be the responsibility of the winning bidder to arrange and fund this. 


Press Release:

Harold Gosney- my life as an artist 80th birthday exhibition celebrates a Yorkshireman’s life as sculptor and artist

Over 60 years of creative work by Yorkshire artist Harold Gosney goes on display soon at York’s St Martin cum Gregory Church. After successful exhibitions in Ripon, Grimsby and Scunthorpe between 2013 and 2016, this new exhibition opens on September 9th and brings together a wide range of sculptures, drawings and paintings, including work not seen in public before.

Laura Turner, Curator at York Art Gallery says: “I'm delighted that visitors to St Martin Cum Gregory will have the chance to see more of Harold Gosney's art work in this unprecedented display.
“Harold's two sculptures on display at York Art Gallery are hugely popular and it will be very exciting to see more of Harold's work, some of which has never been on public display before.”

Sheffield-born Harold studied at Grimsby School of Art and London’s Slade School of Fine Art. The exhibition displays some rarely-seen examples of his early designs for theatre.
Harold has worked in wood and copper with favourite themes being birds, horses and the female form.
He developed a unique technique for working with sheet metal in three dimensions, exemplified by the impressive life-size Horse and Rider, now permanently on display at Normanby Hall in North Lincolnshire.

The artist explains how his approach has changed over the years: “My first sculptures in the early 60’s were in stone and were considerably inspired by the work of Henry Moore. “When I experimented, first with cold cast metal and later with welding in steel and copper, I carried out a number of abstract pieces. “However, I soon needed a different challenge and returned to work that was derived from observation and drawing, mostly inspired by human and animal forms.

“My work, whilst not overtly realistic, aims to consider the essence of the subject,” Harold says.
Preliminary and working drawings in the show illustrate the detailed artistic and technical development of the sculptural pieces.

Keith Barley MBE MA FMGP ACR is director of Barley Stained Glass Studios and comments: “It is rare that one can fully appreciate the foundations, techniques and problem solving that underpin a final work of art.
“Harold’s documented procedures reveal a fascinating insight into the design, development, and craft of producing his works. These preparatory drawings are works of art that add immensely to the appreciation and enjoyment of the final pieces exhibited.”

A number of Harold’s commissioned works are in the public domain notably at York Art Gallery, or on permanent display in places like Ripon and Chester Cathedrals.
The majority of his early commissions were collaborations with architects and can still be seen in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.

Architect Lee Holmes BA Hons Architecture MA Conservation (YORK) says: “Harold has always been very keen to make work which is accessible and imbued with meaning.
“We have enjoyed working together on a number of commissions for churches, producing sculptural pieces which have become an intrinsic part of their architectural setting and adding an extra dimension to the buildings in question.

The exhibition is hosted by the Stained Glass Trust at St Martin cum Gregory Church in St Martin's Lane, Micklegate, in York YO1 6LN from Saturday, 9th September until to Sunday October 1st 2017.
It will be open daily between 11am and 4pm with free admission. Special tours by the artist for groups can be arranged. Please email: haroldfgosney@gmail.com for further information



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Gosney - 'Two Related Drawings for Equine Head'
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Harold Gosney - 'Equine Head' (2016)
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