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Silas Birtwistle

Silas Birtwistle in his workshop

 

Born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, 1963.
 
Attended Portree High School, Isle of Skye, Scotland.

BA Hons English/History.

MA Furniture Design.

Having lived on an island opposite the Isle of Skye, where the Cuillin Hills rise up from the sea, it seemed natural to get a job as a climbing instructor at the Raasay Outdoor Centre after leaving High School. 

I worked as a staff producer for various opera companies, including Opera North. My most memorable production was Albert Herring by Britten, and directed by the late, great Claire Venables.

I play in a classical guitar quartet.

Started making furniture in 1990’s and soon after, exclusively with driftwood. The inspiration behind this was from a dear artist friend of mine called Bob Law. Bob was a minimalist artist and painted some huge black canvasses in the 1950’s www.artistboblaw.org.uk.

Exhibited at:
  • The London Art Fair 
  • Piano Nobile Fine Paintings
  • The New Art Centre Sculpture Park
  • The Metropole Arts Centre
  • The Henley Art Festival
  • Oxfordshire County Sculpture Park
  • Orleans House Gallery

 I now live and work in Somerset, England.

Isle of Skye

                        Isle of Skye

Cullins Hill Bridge

                   Cullin Hills Bridge

Garden bench made out of driftwood

      Garden bench made out of driftwood