The Wild Beasts at Claydon is a special exhibition featuring the artwork of sculptor James Ort and painter Tom Shepherd – two artists who love to creatively capture the vibrancy and character of the animal kingdom.
When we opened the studio 2 years ago, we wanted the venue to be a place of excellence, both in terms of the quality of teaching and the quality of art work produced and exhibited. We could not be more proud to be showcasing the work of two local, dynamic and dedicated artists.
Tom Shepherd is a professional artist and one of our best loved tutors. Working in oils, acrylics and watercolours, he will be exhibiting his new watercolour studies in the show: “I am really happy to be exhibiting alongside James. Despite us each working in different media, our artwork compliments each other’s really well. We both use a lot of colour in our work, so the exhibition will be a vibrant bombardment on your senses”. Tom is planning a silent auction of some of his demonstration paintings during the exhibition, with 50% of the proceeds being donated to the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust.
James Ort is a friendly rival of ours, running The Phoenix Studio in Towersey, near Thame. James has been sculpting for almost 10 years and likes to work in both wire and clay, combining the two contrasting mediums in various ways: “I'm really delighted to be taking part in the show at The Courtyard Art Studio and to be showing alongside Tom is a fantastic bonus! For this show I have been exploring how wire and ceramics can be used together in varying proportions; the two materials do not always play nicely together, but if you treat them right and understand their properties, the results can be stunning!”