Metal Fish Sculpture ‘Swirling Spiral Shoal’ by James Eddy
This magnificent metal fish sculpture by James Eddy captures perfectly the rhythm and beauty of shoals moving in the sea. As you view the piece you can almost feel the wild movement and energy of the shoals of pelagic fish, especially when are herded by dolphins and whales.
The artwork is hand made from aluminium, steel & copper and has an incredible lustre. Designed to hang on a wall, the metal fish sculpture reflects light around the room. This effect will change depending on the angle with which you view it and also as the light within the room itself changes. Added to this is the effect of the shadows cast by the shoal onto the wall. Together with the light and shadows, the sculpture creates a mesmerising effect. It will certainly create an impact in any room or hallway.
Metal Fish Sculpture Artist
James Eddy is a sculptor and site-specific artist based in West Cornwall. Born in Truro in 1975. He has been following a broad and varied artistic journey all his life, exhibiting and delivering projects both nationally and internationally.
James’ love of nature led him to study Environmental Science at university. In 1998 he volunteered as an artist-maker for Kneehigh Theatre, this experience of site-specific community arts projects inspired him to become a practising visual artist upon graduation in 1999.
He was an artist in residence at the Lost Gardens of Heligan in 2010. This culminated in the creation of the ‘Growth & decay’, charcoal sculpture. The sculpture is a living and decaying piece, a part of nature, gradually changing with its surroundings.
James created sculptures for the Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden, in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The same year he represented Cornwall at the Lorient Inter Celtic festival.
Recent exhibitions include the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea and the ‘Fresh Air’ 2017 sculpture biennale. James also exhibited at the Breeze Art Fairs in 2018 & 2019 and the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in Hampshire.
In 2020, The Arts Council for England awarded James an emergency response fund.
We welcome James and his incredible artwork, such as this metal fish sculpture, to our gallery.
“I have always had a great love of nature, of being outdoors and Zen Buddhism. Working in the countryside, playing in the sea and my environmental science degree, greatly underpin and inspire my artistic career.
I try to create a natural and often gnarly simplicity in my work, capturing the essence of things in a form of visual poetry. A Japanese concept that conveys this for me is, ‘Mono-no-aware’. This can be defined as a sense of ’Ah-ness’.”