Concrete is known for its rugged strength – but a Yorkshire sculptor is showing the devil is in the detail.
Cadeby-based artist Will Braithwaite has used Tarmac’s Blue Circle General Purpose Cement to craft several concrete sculptures featuring in galleries around the United Kingdom.
Mr Braithwaite, who grew up and who works on a family farm in South Yorkshire through the summer months, said he had long been interested in “how things work and are put together”.
He said Tarmac’s Blue Circle General Purpose Cement was the perfect material for his sculptures.
“From a younger age, I’ve always been very interested in how we make things and how they’re put together,” Mr Braithwaite said.
“Growing up on a farm, it was very hands on. I was always learning different processes.
“Art was sort of the academic side to creating for me from a young age.”
Mr Braithwaite currently has two exhibitions open to the public. One is at the Tatha Gallery near Dundee, in Scotland, while another is in Manchester.
He revealed another exhibition, based in London, would hopefully launch before the year was out.
Mr Braithwaite said he chose to work with concrete because he wanted to use an “everyday material”.
“For me, the concrete gave the work a very neutral, bland, city-like look which I really wanted in the work,” he said.
“It very much highlighted the shapes and the forms in the work.
“For me, if it was a bright, vibrant colour (other than concrete grey) you’d notice the colour rather than the forms. I really wanted the focus to be on the architecture.
“Concrete also adds that harsh, brutal kind of look which I really wanted to bring out.”
Mr Braithwaite said Tarmac’s Blue Circle General Purpose Cement produced the best quality of all products he had used since experimenting with concrete.
“I always foundb that it picked up the detail very well. It was very easy to work with,” he said.
“It seemed to respond very well to the same casting techniques I use in plaster with different fibres and sands and stuff.
“It’s very fine and it mixed well for me.”
For more information of Will Braithwaite’s art, visit his website at https://www.williambraithwaite.com/ or follow him on Instagram.