Gornall uses fine local materials such as Alabaster, Cornish Polyphant and Ancaster Limestone from Lincolnshire. His preference is to rely on the shape and size of these stones to find his inspiration. The nature of the stone, its hardness and texture will eventually inform the final apperance of the piece.
His work now spans over two decades, and has featured in galleries and institutions nationally, including several pieces that have been cast as bronzes. Gornall’s sculpture has featured in galleries and institutions nationally, including the Pall Mall Galleria London, the RWA Bristol and the Victoria Gallery Bath. Gornall has also shown work with the Society of Portrait Sculptors, London.
Chris Gornall is a British sculptor, born in England in 1932. After spending his early adulthood in East Africa he returned to the UK to practise medicine and forged a long and successful career as a family doctor. Although never having had formal art school training, a lifetime of influences coupled with a passionate appreciation of artists such as Epstein, Modigliani, George Kennethson and the Japanese American sculptor Isamu Noguchi, has greatly informed his work.
It was during a chance visit to Kennethson’s final solo exhibition at the Roche Court Sculpture Garden in Wiltshire in 1993 that Gornall was inspired to move toward working with stone for the first time.
4. Dorothy Dreaming of Proust – Height 45cm
7. Girl with Chin on Hands – Height 51cm
3. Girl with Hairband – Height 55cm
6. Girl Meditating – Height 55cm
2. Nubia – Height 42cm
1. Girl with Plait – Height 70cm
5. Shaved Head Turned Left – Height 44cm
8. The Pig – Lenght 37cm
The Decorative Antiques and Textile Fair, Battersea
Campden Gallery, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire
Victoria Gallery, Bath
Hotbaths Gallery, Bath
Royal West of England Exhibition, Bristol
Broadway Modern, Broadway, Gloucestershire
The Stable Yard, Idlicote House, Gloucestershire
Offices of Wolff Architects, Notting Hill London
Featured in the BBC TV Series “Under the Hammer”