Don Ratcliffe

Don Ratcliffe

Don studied sculpture with John Wilkes, inventor of Flowforms, from 1978 to1980. He then did an apprenticeship in Germany to become an art therapist using clay modelling, and practiced full time until 2007. He was elected as an associate of the RBSA in 2012 and as a member in 2014. He received a commission in 2007 from the Arnold Freeman College in Sheffield and created The Student’s Journey, seven pieces using seven different woods. In 2011 he had a solo exhibition, Beneath the Surface, at Brantwood on Lake Coniston. Don tries to imagine how forms in nature are created out of movement. He then works freely, beyond the functional constraints that are imposed on nature. Working mostly in wood, he responds to his imagination of the forces of levity and gravity; expansion and contraction; free flow and congestion. He sees surface as a lively balance between forces pushing outwards establishing the space of the form, and forces pressing in from outside holding the form in place.