Metal Fish Sculptures ‘Bait Ball’ by James Eddy
Metal fish sculptures by James Eddy are simply breathtaking and ‘Bait Ball’ is no exception! A bait ball is a last-ditch defensive measure where small fish swarm into a tightly packed sphere to avoid being eaten. James has hand cut each fish to create a sculpture that captures the frenetic movement of this natural phenomenon beautifully.
The sculpture is designed to be hung from the ceiling (it comes with a thick rope and shackles that form part of the sculpture). The best effect is seen when it is used in conjunction with a light fitting and dimmer switch. It will cast amazing shadows and silhouettes as light reflects around and through it.
Every piece of artwork by James is unique, organic and gnarly in style. The fish are all cut by hand and the frames are also made by hand. It is made from aluminium, steel & copper and is very strong, yet light in weight.
Another stunning sculpture from the talented hands of James Eddy.
Metal Fish Sculptures 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.
We welcome James and his incredible artwork, such as his metal fish sculptures, 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’.”