Quillrays is a team of three sculptors, formed by Jenny Ray and Quillby Johns who are the originators of ‘social sculpting’. MJ is the third member of the team and he brings experience of casting in a wide range of materials. His stated aim is to produce castings that reflects the properties and feel of the original works as closely as possible.
Jenny Ray has been sculpting for 4 years. Originally an engraver, she moved over to sculpting to explore her love of dance and movement. She initially sculpted animals but is now working on a series of sculptures based on the work of the early primitives, seeking to capture the physicality and joy in human dance and acrobatics. Her distinctive abstract forms of the human body in movement made her a unique and admired sculptor in her chosen field.
Quillby Johns has a background in art education and has also been sculpting for four years. His focus on cultural expression through the human form creates a unique fusion between Modigliani and Hepworth, although many other influences can be found in this delightful and eclectic sculptor. Ranging from the expression of sadness through to cultural strength and dignity, his work is a journey through the emotional intelligence that stabilises and powers human relationships.
Both Jenny and Quillby experiment with a wide range of waxes and clays – always open to new materials and approaches.
The work of Quillrays will be complimented by images of their sculptures that have been visualised within a Brighton context by Archie Ram, a Brighton based street artist and member of the Brighton ‘Beastie Toys’ street art crew.
The exhibition will be open at Random Art until 15 June, on Thursdays / Fridays / Saturdays from 12 noon – 7pm and Sundays 12 noon – 5pm.