About myself and my work

My name is Chris Coleman, I live and work in Litlington in the Cuckmere valley with my wife Tizzie, and Daughters Ella and Tilda and Son Barney.  I worked as a nurseryman for many years. Growing trees and shrubs allowed me to learn about different kinds of wood.                                                                                                                                                                  

After the hurricane of 1987, with so much wood around, I collected as much as I could and began exploring uses for it.   Wood attracts me, and gives me inspiration. I think it is a sensuous material, asking to be touched and admired even if not shaped into a recognisable form.                                                                                                                                         

Within wood, a unique history lies hidden in the contortions and the interest of the grain which is revealed in the act of carving. In my work I try to show the interest of the wood, while at the same time being aware of what nature has produced and not interfering too much. My attraction for wood is helped by the infinite variety of forms in which it is found. An artist displays ideas in a way that can be sensed by others. Sometimes there is a temptation to make those ideas too obvious.                                                                                                                                                                                           

I have exhibited, amongst other places, at Brighton Festival 5 Ways exhibition in 1997, 1998 and 2000. At Lewes Artwave in 1996, 97, 98 and 99. At Northease manor in 1997 and 2002and Charleston Manor in 1997.  At Michelham Priory in April 2000,and Little Bells Selmeston in June 2000 and May 2001. St Katharines fair London in May 2001, Wellingham Barn and Chichester in November 2001. I have also lectured on woodcarving at adult education classes and at West Dean College.

Below are links to pages of thumbnail photos of some of my work. I have included some pictures of my family and myself.   Please visit the pages for Litlington Photographs and Floods to see more of our surroundings.

Visitors are welcome to visit the studio but it would be preferable to ring first to save a wasted journey. 

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      Last update:       22 December, 2009

Chris coleman. 2000.