SOME of Jim Bond’s sculptures have been exhibited in the world’s top galleries.
But Grange Moor artist Jim Bond is currently making his Huddersfield Art Gallery debut.
Jim Bond’s creations have recently featured in the British Art Now exhibition at London’s prestigious Saatchi gallery.
The creative hub of St Ives has welcomed his work while the Royal Scottish Academy and the renowned Victoria and Albert in London have been home to his metallic sculptures.
But in his 20 years as a sculptor, Jim’s work has never appeared in his hometown’s main gallery.
Until this weekend. Jim was one of around 50 artists asked to exhibit and sell his work at the Huddersfield Christmas Art Market at Huddersfield Art Gallery.
He now forms part of the showcase exhibition which runs until the early new year.
“It is the first time I’ve had work in the gallery,” Jim said.
“I’ve been trying for years and approached them but I’ve never managed to get work in there even though I’m exhibiting abroad and in London.
“It’s nice to finally do it because it’s my hometown and a place I’d like to exhibit.”
Jim’s metallic figurative sculptures certainly stood out at the Art Market.
He interweaves metal to form a human body, in a way he mixes delicacy with sturdiness to create his art work.
Jim was also chosen by organisers to feature in the six-week Showcase Exhibition, which runs at the Princess Alexandra Walk gallery until January.
And after 20 years he says inspiration keeps coming.
“I am inspired by the human form and the struggles to survive really,” said Jim.
“That is the essence of what I do and it grows from there.
“I think the more you work at it the more the ideas come.”
Sculpture enthusiasts locally will be aware of Jim’s work. He’s featured in the last two Holmfirth Art Markets, organised by the same team behind the Huddersfield Christmas Art Market and this showcase exhibition. “I heard about this through Victoria Robinson, one of the organisers,” he adds. “I know Brendan Hesmondhalgh quite well, but I’ll be seeing some of the other artists for the first time too.”
l See Jim Bond’s work at the Huddersfield Art Gallery until January 14.