Video of our combined Jewellery and Art show based on A Year at Wicken Fen at the Babylon Gallery
Natural RhythmA Year at Wicken FenCarol and Bob BanksA long-term project in which the ever-changing landscape and sound scape of Wicken Fen was observed and recorded during the period of a complete season.Regular observations and recordings were made using sketches, paintings, photography and filming.The result is a body of work revealing the changing face of Wicken Fen as the seasons progressed.
After a career in media I’ve
returned to painting
I graduated from the Berkshire College of Art in 1976 and worked as an Art Director in leading London advertising agency Everett’s and later as a Creative Director at Ogilvy & Mather on Waterloo Bridge.I was then a partner in Presentation Design, a Hatton Garden art studio producing visual work for many of the major London ad agencies.I always had a great interest in animation and set up Animation Studio Ltd in 1988 and since then I’ve been fortunate enough to work for many of the UK’s top companies producing TV commercials, corporate and training videos.I still run Animation Studio Ltd but now spend more time on painting and drawing.
My wife Carol works with me in our Cambridgeshire studio, producing exquisite Silver Clay jewellery.We often work on the same project - I produce paintings that show the bigger picture while Carol produces jewellery that relates to the very small details of a particular subject, location or theme.An example is shown in the video below, where we jointly produced a show following a year at Wicken Fen - an extraordinary local nature reserve.Carol produced Silver Clay jewellery taking castings from reeds and seed heads and hand carving dragonflies.Carol used ancient bog oak, dug up after being buried for thousands of years in the Cambridgeshire Fens to display her jewellery.
Carol Banks Jewellery
We are opening our studio
in July as part of
Cambridge Open Studios
Cambridge Open Studios is a flourishing community of artists, craftspeople and designer-makers working throughout Cambridgeshire. Our aim is to help bring artists and local people together, providing opportunities for the public to visit the workshops and studios of people working in a wide range of crafts and media, including: furniture-makers, sculptors, jewellers, print-makers, textile artists, graphics and multi-media, potters, photographers and painters – to talk directly to them about the techniques they use and the passions that inspire them.
Cambridge Open Studios July this year
This summer over 260 artists will take part in our annual Open Studios event, inviting the public into their work places over four weekends in July. A huge variety of work will be on show in a wide range of media. Details of the artists taking part can be found on the Open Studios website.