As part of our ongoing ‘Artists’ Interiors‘ series, Outside In’s Communications Officer Kate Davey and Artist Coordinator Hannah Whitlock visited artist Ian Sherman’s house in Havant. Here, Kate writes about the experience, and illustrates the post with images of Ian’s home and work taken by Andy Hood.
Knowing that Ian is a prolific assemblage creator, I was intrigued to discover what we might find at his house by the railway track in Havant. It’s safe to say, we weren’t disappointed. With a whole conservatory dedicated to the display and storage of numerous assemblage pieces, it was almost an exhibition in itself. We photographed several of Ian’s works, both assemblages and paintings, in his ‘chill out’ room, located in his garden just back from the train track for much needed peace and quiet. Here, in the ‘chill out’ room, we also found boxes of his paintings, including his ‘Alien from Eastbourne.’
We talked with Ian about the unique assemblages, each one never fully complete. When Ian is out and about, he’ll see something or find something that would be perfect on one of them, meaning he is continually adding to them and is loathed to ever call a piece ‘finished’. He first started creating these intricate sculptures after visiting a laboratory, where he saw hot wax cooling quickly, forming shapes. He now combines numerous materials including found objects – such as false teeth, shells, and driftwood, as well as expanding foam, and papier-mâché, which he might then paint over. Each assemblage has its own theme and content, including a forest, a stormy sea, and a haunted house. Some are much bigger than others, some have paintings on the back support, and others are a 360 degree masterpiece.
In addition to his assemblages, Ian also makes paintings, some of which date back to the 1980s. Hung all around his house, they depict animals, imagined places, people and fantastical creatures. Ian, who has previously shown his work with Outside In and sold numerous pieces to collectors, is keen to continue exploring different themes and ideas through his incredible whimsical assemblages and inspiring paint work.
For more in the Artists’ Interiors series, click here.