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Peter Randall-Page
Fructus, 2009
Kilkenny limestone
250 x 160 x 160 cm
98 3/8 x 63 x 63 in

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'Fructus' is rooted in the study of botany and the growth patterns that determine the form of fruit and seeds. These forms are potential energy personified, burgeoning with the promise of life, growth and complexity. Each bulbous lobe has a taut skin but, unlike fruit, they are slightly pendulous and are therefore also bodily.

- Peter Randall-Page in conversation with Claire Lilley, Director of Programmes at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 2010


Peter Randall-Page's sculpture is known internationally for how it celebrates natural materials, and for the poetry of the amorphous, ambiguous forms that he renders.

Speaking about this poetic quality, Randall-Page explains:

Encountering an unfamiliar form one tends to make sense of it via the familiar, in the same way that poetry can evoke feelings and emotions by juxtaposing disparate images that would make no logical sense as prose. My hope is that a similar poetic evolution can result from combining allusions to botanical as well as bodily forms.


Fructus was exhibited as part of Randall-Page's solo exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park in 2010. Created especially for the show, the sculpture is made up of an unusually large block of Kilkenny limestone, quarried from an exceptionally deep bed at McKeon Stone in Kilkenny, Ireland.


Peter Randall-Page has exhibited around the world with solo presentations of his work shown at Kloster Schoenthal, Basel, Switzerland (2019); National Trust Castle Drogo, Devon, UK (2017/18); Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton, UK (2010/11); Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, UK (2010) and the New Art Centre (2008/9). Notable public commissions include Seed (2007) for the Eden Project, Cornwall, Give and Take (2005) for Newcastle City Council - which won the 2006 Marsh Award for Public Scupture - and Ridge and Furrow (2011) for the University of Iowa, USA.


His work resides in numerous public collections around the world, including Tate, London, UK; Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK; the British Museum, London, UK; Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, UK; the Arnolfini Collection Trust, Bristol, UK; Museum Würth, Künzelsau, Germany; the Snite Museum of Art, Indiana, USA; and the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Michigan, USA.


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Fructus also features in a recent online talk presented by ARTiculation's Outreach and Communications Officer, Timothy Revell, titled Forms and Perception: from Antiquity to Roche. Designed as part of a digital offering put together by the Roche Court Educational Trust, the talk is viewable via this link.


Peter Randall-Page, Fructus
Peter Randall-Page, Fructus