“Ohio Lands Forever,” an exhibit by British artist Brinsley Tyrrell, will open Tuesday, Oct. 11 in the Kendal Gallery.
The show runs through Dec. 4, with an artist reception held at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21 in the Heiser Lounge, Kendal at Oberlin.
Brinsley, who always thought of himself as a sculptor, found an interest in glass enamel in 2007. His glass enamel pieces along with ceramic pots and vases comprise the show.
“Something about the enameling process fascinated me, and I created a series of enameled landscapes,” he said. “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.”
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 1860s house, with his studio in the barn.
He is inspired by the ever-changing complexion of the landscape. The palette used in his enamel glass works brings movement and energy to each piece.
Well-known and highly respected 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 also been commissioned to create public art projects, including for the Cleveland Botanical Gardens and the Regional Transit Authority at the 117th Street railway station.
Tyrrell was educated at the Camberwill School of Arts and Crafts, University of London, where he earned an 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 28 years. Now professor emeritus, Tyrrell’s love affair with nature continues in his work.
Courtesy photo “A Wet Spring” is demonstrative of British artist Brinsley Tyrrell’s glass enamel style, which can be found in the exhibit “Ohio Lands Forever.”