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A Symphony of Curves: Geoffrey Preston - a tradition in plaster

 Bird and acanthus leaves by Geoffrey Preston, © The artist, 2011

Bird and acanthus leaves by Geoffrey Preston, © The artist, 2011

A Symphony of Curves is a rare opportunity to see the art of the architectural sculptor at close quarters and learn about the development of the craft of plasterwork over four centuries.

Geoffrey Preston is one of the UK’s most highly-regarded architectural sculptors. He specialises in decorative plasterwork and has created award-winning work for buildings all over the country from his workshop in Exeter.

The exhibition includes beautiful decorative plaster panels together with design drawings and photographs of some of his principal commissions. The centrepiece of this exhibition is a wonderfully exuberant Rococo ceiling made in 2011.

The practical and technical aspects of decorative plasterwork are explained through displays of tools and materials. It is an extraordinary art not to be overlooked.

The exhibition also explores the rich tradition of the art in Devon. Examples from RAMM’s collections are on display as well as a special feature on the 17th-century Devon craftsman, John Abbott.

Digital trail

A digital Devon Plasterwork Trail is available online, optimised for mobile phones and tablets, highlighting decorative plasterwork to see in Devon. Visit http://tour.rammuseum.org.uk/tours-in-devon.

18 August to 11 November 2012

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