Holkham Series III by Arjan Van Dal was inspired by Arjan’s residency at Holkham Hall, facilitated by The New Craftsmen. Using clay from the local - now disused - brickfield at Holkham Hall, the very clay that built Holkham in the 18th century, Arjan has developed a series of sculptures and vessels that tell the story of “land, sky and the colours in between”. The strong reference to Roman architecture struck deeply with Ajran - from the use of bricks in the building to the Marble Hall’s ceiling which echoes Rome’s great Pantheon - as well as the vivid silk wall hangings and tapestries of the state rooms which he describes as “a feast for lovers of colour”. These sculptural vignettes explore the striking contrast of a classic colour palette applied in a contemporary setting. Collectively, the individual components form a modern translation of Italian Renaissance paintings inspired by those hanging in the great halls of Holkham.
Material: Porcelain and clay
Dimensions: Pink vessel: Width: 16cm, Height: 27cm
Mauve Vessel: Width: 20cm, Height: 22cm
Red Vessel: Width: 14cm, Height: 24cm
Sky Plaque: Width: 22cm, Height: 22cm