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Małgorzata Bany

A sensual marriage of form and function, radiating calm.

Roche Court, Salisbury

23rd November 2019 – 19th January 2020

By TDE News / 19th December 2019
From left to right: Małgorzata Bany, ‘Acacia Vessel’, 2019; ‘Jade Low Table’, 2019; ‘Jade Stool’, 2019 COURTESY: © Małgorzata Bany and New Art Centre, Wiltshire

From left to right: Małgorzata Bany, ‘Acacia Vessel’, 2019; ‘Jade Low Table’, 2019; ‘Jade Stool’, 2019
COURTESY: © Małgorzata Bany and New Art Centre, Wiltshire

IN NOVEMBER THE New Art Centre at Roche Court opened its winter exhibitions – a show of striking photographs by Tessa Traeger and, alongside, in a new space called The Design House, a display of beautiful Jesmonite furniture by London-based artist and designer Małgorzata Bany.

Bany, originally from Poland, trained as a fine artist. Her first discipline was painting, and her feeling for colour is evident in the way she plays with the muted chalky hues of Jesmonite, a man-made resin-based material. Inspired equally by nature and architecture, Bany has moved on from two dimensions to develop a way of working with her material that moves seamlessly between sculpture and furniture.

Małgorzata Bany, ‘Jade Side Table’, 2019 (below); ‘Jade Soft Rim’, 2019 (above) COURTESY: © Małgorzata Bany and New Art Centre, Wiltshire

Małgorzata Bany, ‘Jade Side Table’, 2019 (below); ‘Jade Soft Rim’, 2019 (above)
COURTESY: © Małgorzata Bany and New Art Centre, Wiltshire

She creates hand-carved moulds which produce highly textured, yet sublimely smooth objects. These pieces radiate a deep, seductive calm. Sensual despite their apparent minimalism, the subtle contrasts of colour and texture in each collection, together with the eclectic array of forms, contribute to a unified vision of how useful objects might beautifully enhance and inhabit a space.

Małgorzata Bany, ‘Acacia Vessel’, 2019 COURTESY: © Małgorzata Bany and New Art Centre, Wiltshire

Małgorzata Bany, ‘Acacia Vessel’, 2019
COURTESY: © Małgorzata Bany and New Art Centre, Wiltshire

They look magnificent in The Design House, converted by architect Stephen Marshall from two piggeries at the back of a cottage at Roche Court. Madeleine Bessborough, Director of the New Art Centre, which she established in the mid-1990s, says, “The current show in the new space is to ensure that the past fifty years of the New Art Centre is joined up with the next fifty years. The work is sculpture, but it is also furniture. It is a wonderful marriage between what you need and what you look at.”

From left to right: Małgorzata Bany, ‘Stem Side Table’, 2019; ‘Jade Side Table’, 2019 with ‘Jade Soft Rim’, 2019; ‘Jade Low Table’, 2019 COURTESY: © Małgorzata Bany and New Art Centre, Wiltshire

From left to right: Małgorzata Bany, ‘Stem Side Table’, 2019; ‘Jade Side Table’, 2019 with ‘Jade Soft Rim’, 2019; ‘Jade Low Table’, 2019
COURTESY: © Małgorzata Bany and New Art Centre, Wiltshire

Just as the show opened, The Design Edit went down to Roche Court to meet the artist.

Małgorzata Bany introduces her Jade Collection at Roche Court
COURTESY: The Design Edit

Małgorzata Bany – a London-based artist and designer specialising in Jesmonite.

 

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