Peter Randall-Page’s practice has always been informed and inspired by the study of organic form and the natural world. His beautiful, often deceptively simple, sculpture offers a unique insight into nature’s microcosm by gently teasing out and exploring fundamental elements on a macro scale.
By scrutinising the complicated systems and mathematical sequences that are the blueprint of growth and form much of Randall-Page’s work focuses on the tension and wonder of the symbiotic relationship between order and randomness.
In 2007, in collaboration with the Ruwenzori Sculpture Foundation and the London Sinfonietta, Peter Randall-Page visited the remote island of Lolui in Lake Victoria to explore the prehistoric rock gongs and the ancient rock art. The rock gong’s direct connection with human evolution and the birth of music and art offered Randall-Page the inspiration to create a fresh new body of work that formed the inaugural exhibition at Pangolin London, Rock Music Rock Art. Three large painted bronzes were included in this exhibition titled Theme and Variation that explored the subtle nuances of pattern and dialogue that arise when a uniform object meets a naturally formed boulder. The title was also a nod to Randall-Page’s passion for music and its similar ability to use
structural building blocks for a seemingly random collection of notes as in jazz improvisation. He says:
I am very interested in the idea of theme and variation, in natural phenomena as well as in music and visual art. Our universe seems to be driven by the dynamic tension between a ubiquitous tendency for spontaneous pattern formation, mitigated by an equally pervasive tendency for random variation. In fact, the evolutionary process itself can be seen as a result of these polarities. Theme without variation would be stasis and variation without theme is inconceivable chaos.
Peter Randall-Page was born in Essex and studied sculpture at Bath Academy of Art from 1973-77. After college he moved to London and spent a year working with the sculptor Barry Flanagan whose poeticism during a period of strict minimalism greatly appealed and he relished the organic process of carving over the current trend of rapid construction in disparate materials.
Over the past thirty years Randall-Page has gained an international reputation through his sculpture, ceramics, drawings and prints. He has undertaken many large scale commissions and has exhibited widely. His work is held in numerous public and private collections throughout the world including Japan, South Korea, Australia, USA, Ireland, Germany and the Netherlands. Closer to home a selection of his public sculpture can be found in London, Edinburgh, Manchester, Bristol, Cardiff and Newbury and in numerous permanent collections such as the Tate Collection and the British Museum.