Peter Randall-Page

Peter Randall-Page, Shape in the Clouds III 2013 Image 1 of 2
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Randall-Page’s work is informed at every turn by a lifelong study of organic form. Nature’s myriad complexities are a source of ongoing fascination to him, from the underlying mathematical principles that drive life and growth to the incredible patterns and forms found in the natural world.

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Randall-Page is known primarily for his work in a range of different types of stone, from smooth grey-blue Kilkenny limestone ecked with fossils, through to igneous, course granite. The artist is driven by a preoccupation with the natural world and its close, scientific study. In recent years his interest in naturally occurring pattern and the dynamic tension between order and chaos has led to a series of works that focus on pattern as something fundamental to the emergence of life and growth. He delves into the mathematics that is woven into the fabric of the natural world and in so doing explores its fascinating and precise forms, whilst also celebrating the abundance and fecundity of nature. 

The artist had a major solo exhibition at YSP in 2009–10, with significant works in the Underground Gallery and surrounding gardens. However, his relationship with the Park began over three decades ago when he was part of the group show Attitudes ’84, followed by a display on the historic Formal Terrace in 1992. 

Shapes in the Clouds III, 2013
Shapes in the Clouds characterises the duality of his approach. The individual sculptures are based on the shapes of different Platonic Solids – three-dimensional forms that are fundamental to the structure of the universe, and are found in atomic, molecular and crystalline structures. However, the geometry and precision of this starting point are brought together with the extraordinary randomness of Randall-Page’s chosen material of Rosso Luana marble, with its swathes of colour and sense of vitality and energy.

The sculpture, though based in complex science, is visually compelling, tactile and sensual. The artist’s poetic approach is captured when he describes “for me the patterning in the marble is like solidified cloud forms or the earth seen from space”.