Opening in the Kendal Gallery on Tuesday, October 11th is an enamel glass exhibit titled “Ohio Lands Forever” by British artist Brinsley Tyrrell. The show runs through December 4th, with an artist reception held on Friday, October 21st at 4:30 PM in the Heiser Lounge at Kendal at Oberlin.
While he thought of himself as a sculptor, Brinsley found an interest in glass enamel in 2007. His glass enamel pieces along with some ceramic pots and vases comprise the show.
Brinsley Tyrrell has said, “Something about the enameling process fascinated me, and I created a series of enameled landscapes. These landscapes were created from glass enamel fused on steel. They depicted my feelings for the countryside that surrounds my studio. While this is a difficult medium to work with, the final results had a rich tactile surface.”
Imagery Reflects Ohio Landscapes
Tyrrell has a warm place in his heart for the beauty of Ohio landscapes, with its fields, forests, ponds and streams, much of what he finds in his immediate environment. He lives on a farm in Portage County in an 1860’s house, with his studio in the barn.
It’s the ever changing complexion of the landscape that inspires him. The palette used in his enamel glass works is striking, bringing movement and energy to each piece. With most of the objects 36 inches x 48 inches wide, they command attention. These powerful images are reminiscent of an enchanted forest. They draw you in like Alice in the looking glass.
Tyrell’s Works Seen Throughout Northeast Ohio
A well-known and highly respected artist in the Northeast Ohio art world, Tyrrell received the 2011 prestigious Cleveland Arts Prize Lifetime Achievement Award for Visual Arts. He and his late wife Lillian, also an artist, received the Governor’s Award for Arts in Ohio, and he’s received four Ohio Arts Council Fellowships. Tyrell has been commissioned to create public art projects, including for the Cleveland Botanical Gardens and the Regional Transit Authority at the 117th Street railway station.
Brinsley Tyrrell was educated at Camberwill School of Arts and Crafts, The University of London where he earned his Intermediate Degree in Fine Arts and a National Diploma in Design, with a major in sculpture and a minor in terra cotta.
He was professor of art and department head of sculpture at Kent State University School of Art, where he taught for twenty-eight years. Now professor emeritus, Brinsley Tyrrell’s love affair with nature continues in his work.
Among the places that Brinsley Tyrrell’s work has been exhibited are the Cleveland Museum of Art, William Busta Gallery and the Eells Gallery at Blossom Music Center.
The Kendal Gallery is located at Kendal at Oberlin ~ 600 Kendal Drive ~ Oberlin.