Almuth Tebbenhoff is inspired by process: she loves the way objects of beauty and intrigue can emerge from a noisy session cutting and welding steel, sparks flying in every sense, or from a quieter but no less messy afternoon pushing wet clay around.
It's the simple fact of working with her hands to distil from dull, reluctant matter pieces that are always interesting, always challenging, invariably searching, frequently witty, often profound, and sometimes breathtakingly lovely. It is this physical labour of art that draws her restless spirit to sculpture.
She was born in Fürstenau in north-west Germany. In 1969, a year after completing her secondary schooling, she moved to the UK where she studied ceramics at the Sir John Cass School of Art from 1972 to 1975. Following that, she set up a studio in London and for the next six years made studio ceramics, while she developed her ideas for sculpture.
In 1981, Almuth established her Southfields studio in a former church hall. At first she worked in clay and wood, but in 1986 she started a two-year course in metal fabrication at South Thames College, London.
Her early pieces were monochrome — mostly grey — abstract explorations of space and volume through geometric devices. Since the early nineties, Almuth has been moving towards a freer mode of expression, creating explosive forms in bright colours through a steady evolution of processes, investigating her current themes of light, space and the origins of matter.
|Exhibitions (selection of solo and group)|
|1983||Emslandmuseum, Schloß Clemenswerth, Germany|
|1990||Before Sculpture — Sculptors' Drawings, New York Studio School, New York, USA|
|1993||International Art Centre, Poznan, Poland|
|1994||Petrified, Installation on matter in space at Jodrell Bank Science Centre, Cheshire|
|1995||In an Ideal World, Alternative Arts, London|
|2001||Royal British Society of Sculptors, London|
|2005||RBS Sculpture exhibition in Leicester Botanical Gardens|
|2005||Fe2O5, Exhibition of steel sculpture at Myles Meehan Gallery, Darlington|
|2006||STEEL, Group exhibition at 1 Canada Square, Canary Wharf|
|2006||All Female Cast, Gallery Pangolin exhibition|
|2007||Studio Sem artists in the Harold Martin Botanical Garden, Leicester University|
|2008||Burghley Sculpture Show|
|2010||Artdejardin at Wingwell|
|2010||Crucible, Gloucester Cathedral - major exhibition by Pangolin|
|2012||Two in One, Gallery Pangolin, Kings Place, London|
|2012||Interesting Times, Leicester University Botanical Garden Sculpture Show|
|2012||Sculptors' Drawings, Gallery Pangolin, Kings Place, London|
|1972–1975||Studied ceramics at the Sir John Cass School of Art, London|
|1981||Converted church hall to studio in London|
|1986–1988||Metal fabrication classes at South Thames College, London|
|1991||Award from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York|
|1993–1995||Part-time lecturer at Loughborough College of Art and Design, Loughborough, Leicestershire|
|1998||Commission: several sculptures for Goodwood|
|1999–2005||Gave a weekly life drawing classes inspired by Cecil Collins|
|2002||Elected Fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors|
|2003||Short-listed for Battle of Britain Memorial in central London.|
|2004||Arts Council England Grant for Sculpture Installation at the Cafe Gallery, Bermondsey, London|
|2006||Fondazione Sem Scholarship, working with marble in Pietrasanta, Lucca, Italy|
|2009||Commissioned to produce the 'Star of London' figure for the BFI London Film Festival awards|