SCULPTURE

"My sculptural work has moved through clay and wood, stone and glass but finally settled on cast cotton fibre. I use all my techniques  to materialize the image and I like the element of surprise when people reverse their initial impression and realize they are made out of something unexpected. For me paper fibre is a medium that has a feeling of familiarity and is very adaptive to infusion

with pigments and mediums."

 

- Miles Lowry

TORSOS

 

 

The torso is the house of the heart. In archaeology it is also what is left behind. Having endured the onslaught of time the torso becomes an unwitting symbol of the ancient world. An incomplete figure. In contemporary times the fragmented figure appeals both to those who seek antiquity and those who arrive with new eyes. Here the body acts as a mirror. Through the understanding of our own vulnerabilities and desires the sculptures made of fibre and paint become something else, something for the heart and mind. With this work I consider the torso as a potent symbol of our times, revealing its histories yet becoming the sensuous vulnerable housing we are given to embody each day.

 

Miles Lowry - Victoria 2018

Cascadia
Cascadia

Miles Lowry cast cotton fibre, acrylic and mineral pigments life-size 2018 *Available at Love & Liberty

Indigo Man
Indigo Man

Miles Lowry cast cotton fibre, indigo, acrylic and mineral pigments life-size 2018 *Available at Love & Liberty

Golden Born - miniature
Golden Born - miniature

Miles Lowry cast cotton fibre, bronze powder, acrylic and mineral pigments 6" x 12" 2018 *Available at Eclectic Gallery

Brace
Brace

Miles Lowry cast cotton fibre, bronze powder, acrylic and mineral pigments life-size 2018 *Available at Love & Liberty

CRUCIAL FRAGMENT

 

“My desire is to suggest possible histories even if all that is left are crucial fragments - allusions to the past - also expressive of the here and now."

Miles Lowry  

Dissolve/Reveal
Dissolve/Reveal

Miles Lowry cast cotton fibre, pigments, iron life-size 20-- *email for availability "The male figure- historically the embodiment of strength, dominance and power- is fragmented and tattered. War. Disease, environmental concerns and emotional / psychological damage come to mind. Despite these sobering associations, Lowry invests a tender care in his forms. Erosion as a force in human relationships is relentless, yet open to our good will and honest effort.” Bettina Matzkuhn – Artropolis

Face Fragment
Face Fragment

Miles Lowry cast cotton fibre, copper leaf, acrylic and mineral pigments life-size 201- *not available

Powder
Powder

Miles Lowry cast cotton fibre, acrylic and mineral pigments life-size 20-- *email for availability Three life-size fragments of women’s bodies make a trilogy of potent taboos. None are images of beauty perpetuated by contemporary or commercial ideals. The title refers to the obsessive use of makeup - the powdered faces of the 17th century, the white dust of aboriginal ritual and the euphemistic powder rooms of ladies toilets.

Face Fragment
Face Fragment

Miles Lowry cast cotton fibre, acrylic and mineral pigments life-size 201- *not available

Folded
Folded

Miles Lowry cast cotton fibre, acrylic and mineral pigments life-size 201- *not available

Broken
Broken

Miles Lowry cast cotton fibre, acrylic and mineral pigments life-size 201- *not available

Warrior and Shield
Warrior and Shield

Miles Lowry cast cotton fibre, acrylic and mineral pigments life-size 201 *not available

Reaching
Reaching

Miles Lowry cast cotton fibre, acrylic and mineral pigments life-size 201- *not available

MYTHS AND BEGINNINGS

 

"Focused on Celtic history and mythology, these sculptures are cast in cotton fibre and infused with pigments and occasionally elements of the natural world. I have also created objects - cups, shields or stone altars reflecting beliefs inherent in the culture of the Celts. I have worked with body adornment to assert the idea of the body itself as an art object, which expresses itself through its painted and enhanced surface and elaborate dress."

 

Miles Lowry

Herald
Herald

Miles Lowry cast cotton fibre, acrylic and mineral pigments life-size 201- *not available A sensual face, surrounded by sculpted beasts, suggests the tradition of heraldic crests. Poised, ready to open it’s eyes like an oracle, the Herald embodies the journeys of a spiritual antiquity held in memory by the magical association of animals and humans. The painted face appears to be on the threshold of awakening , ready to tell it’s story to those who know how to read its symbolism.

Ossian
Ossian

Miles Lowry cast cotton fibre, acrylic and mineral pigments. leather, fur life-size 201- *not available

Tattoo
Tattoo

Miles Lowry cast cotton, acrylic, pigments, hair life-size 201- *not available "... the young male subject suggests both supplication and benediction: his raised head, with it’s shock of applied hair, is tipped forward like those of the carved saints and martyrs on medieval cathedrals. The immediacy of the subtle detail of the body’s surface is affecting, and sets up a compelling tension with the implicitly threatening, outsider status of the heavily tattooed.” Jan Ellen - Eye Candy

Anu Miles
Anu Miles

Miles Lowry cast cotton, acrylic, pigments, human hair, silk, cast glass life-size 201- *not available Named after the ancestress of the ancient Irish, Anu is painted with a labyrinth across her pregnant form. She wears a gold headdress carved with the image of Sheila Na Gig, the fertility symbol of Ireland’s pagan past with a face of inlaid glass. In this work the mystic personage of the spiritualized female and the ceremonial adornments of her otherworldly status are united.

Nevlinn
Nevlinn

Miles Lowry cast cotton, acrylic, pigments life-size 201- *not available

Pictish Torso
Pictish Torso

Miles Lowry cast cotton, acrylic, pigments life-size 201- *not available Paper and pigment - flesh and earth - this figurative fragment borrows from ancient monuments and stone crosses of Scotland. Glowing from within, the inscribed torso seems ready to vanish into the delicate markings drawn on its skin.

Bardic Shield
Bardic Shield

Miles Lowry cast cotton, acrylic, pigments life-size 201- *not available

Altar
Altar

Miles Lowry cast cotton, acrylic, pigments life-size 201- *not available

myths7
myths7

Miles Lowry cast cotton, acrylic, pigments life-size 201- *not available

myths3
myths3

Miles Lowry cast cotton, acrylic, pigments life-size 201- *not available

Hosting of the Sidhe
Hosting of the Sidhe

Miles Lowry cast cotton, acrylic, pigments life-size 201- *not available

AMPHORA

 

Miles Lowry and Georgia Angelopoulos have worked collaboratively, sharing the same paper and brush in their 2016 show 'A Broken Hallelujah'. They presented two shows 'Cipher' and 'Marks of Devotion' in Victoria, BC and have exhibited in the group shows 'A Show of Hands' at the Grovewood Gallery in Ashville, North Carolina; ‘Calligraphies in Conversation' at the San Francisco Public Library,; and 'Crossing Boundaries’ at the Ziya Multicultural Art Center, in Oakland, California. Using Lowry’s cast cotton fibre forms, the two artists present the amphora as carriers of poetic fragments inspired by their respective cultures, their own poetry, or words of the great poets. Long and elegant, these amphoras also take on the shape of ballistic shells or ancient tool heads.

The Secrets of the Sea
The Secrets of the Sea

Miles Lowry Georgia Angelopoulos cast cotton fibre, gold and mineral pigments 22" x 5" x " 4.5" *Available at Love & Liberty Text: George Seferis, 1900 - 1971. Fragment from ‘The Song of Love’. The secrets of the sea are forgotten on the beach, the darkness of the deep is forgotten in the foam… Signed Price is subject to change. Date created: 2017

Bring Wine
Bring Wine

Miles Lowry Georgia Angelopoulos cast cotton fibre, mineral pigments, lapis lazuli 22" x 5" x " 4.5" *Available at Love & Liberty Text: Anacreon, 500 BCEBring water, bring wine, Oh boy, bring us garlands of flowers that I may box with Love Signed Price is subject to change. Date created: 2017

The First Rain
The First Rain

Miles Lowry Georgia Angelopoulos cast cotton fibre, mineral pigments 22" x 5" x " 4.5" *Available at Love & Liberty Text: Angelos Sikelianos, 1884 – 1951 Fragment from ‘The First Rain’ “… with a secret turbulence, the quick swallow went breasting across the grass. Suddenly the thunder broke, the wellhead broke, and dancing came the rain.” Signed Price is subject to change. Date created: 2017

Unexplored
Unexplored

Miles Lowry Georgia Angelopoulos cast cotton fibre, mineral pigments, acrylic gouache 22" x 5" x " 4.5" *Available Text: Yiannis Ritsos, 1979 Unexplored – he said. I went through underground stoas, I met icy waters and deformed statues. I saw the large storage jars empty along the length of time. It became night. A lot of stars fell on rocky crevasses. Now I return. The street is deserted. Pale dawn. By my front door I find the covered basket with the snake and the pearl. 2017

As in a Glass Hive
As in a Glass Hive

Miles Lowry Georgia Angelopoulos cast cotton fibre, mineral pigments, 23 carat red gold 22" x 5" x " 4.5" *Available at Love & Liberty Text: Angelos Sikelianos, 1884 – 1951 Fragment from ‘Thalero’. As in a glass hive my soul moved within me, a happy beeswarm that secretly growing larger seeks to send out to the trees its clusters like bunches of grapes. Signed Price is subject to change. Date created: 2017

What You Love
What You Love

Miles Lowry Georgia Angelopoulos cast cotton fibre, mineral pigments, acrylic gouache 22" x 5" x " 4.5"  Text: Sappho, 650 BC. Fragment 16  Some men say an army of horse and some men say an army of foot and some men say an army of ships is the most beautiful thing on the black earth. But I say it is what you love. Signed  Price is subject to change. 2017