Selected works by Stephanie Quayle

Stephanie Quayle
Two Cows


Air-hardening clay, chicken wire, steel

230 x 340 x 170 cm

Primitivistic, essential and elemental; the sculptures of Stephanie Quayle link man to nature, animal to human, through the organic material of clay itself.
Working on a farm, the relationship that lies between beast, both domestic and wild, and human is of central concern; “I’m interested in how much we align or distance ourselves from them – how they reflect, question and return our gaze. How they see into our souls and connect us to the natural world and force of nature inherent within.”

Stephanie Quayle
Lion Man


Air-hardening clay, chicken wire, steel

90 x 80 x 165 cm

The process of sculpting each creature takes on a quasi-spiritual aspect in Quayle’s practice, resulting from a long process of sketching in front of her animal subject, and formed through layering up clay in a rapid process. “I want the fastest most direct, most subconscious way to work, vigorous and direct, the clay becomes inhabited. As old as mankind and coming directly from the ground, the clay seems to retain its primitive sense of earth, soil, mud and connection to the land.” Rendered at life scale, their presence in the gallery space is muscular and impressive, reanimating a sense of shared connection between living matter, an extra lingual sensation that has been lost in the progressive severing of the link between ourselves and nature rendered through technological process and the prevalence of the urban environment.

© Natasha Hoare, 2015


TJ Boulting Press Release

TJ Boulting is delighted to announce the second solo show of British artist Stephanie Quayle. Working predominantly in clay to produce expressive animal forms, for this show she has been inspired by the primal and profound human animal connection, the encounter between man and beast, through both looking to the past and ancient cave paintings, to the world around her and the farm on which she lives in the Isle of Man.

Entering the main gallery you are confronted with large clay cattle, constructed in situ from terracotta clay. Moving amongst the herd is a predatory pack animal, the wolf, which connects to the working dogs on her farm. Both cattle and dogs are an incredibly familiar sight to Quayle, she spends every day living and working alongside them, and it is a natural representation of her fascination with the encounter between man and animal, transplanted into the gallery. On the walls surrounding the animals are drawings in four colours of clay: terracotta, ochre, umber, and charcoal. The wolf represents the canine, the closest human acquaintance, co-existing in the space, co-depending worlds yet without the possibility of communication due to the boundaries of the herd, the pack, with their alliances and separations. What separates humans from animals, and what binds us? Quayle: “At our deepest core we are animal and we can relate and recoil at our shared understanding. Yet as much as we identify with, and think we know and understand animals, there is a space between us, the more time I spend with cattle, dogs, cats, beasts, the further their gaze seems to stare. We cannot master nature, we are part of it, and yet it is indifferent to us, and undermines us, and its inaccessibility unsettles us from within.”

Source: TJ Boulting

CASS Sculpture Foundation

Born in 1982 on the Isle of Man, Stephanie Quayle gained a distinction in her Fine Art foundation course before moving to England and completing a BA (Hons) in Fine Art at London's Slade School of Art in 2005. Quayle continued to hone her skills as a sculptor at the Royal College of Art, completing an MA in Fine Art Sculpture in 2007. She currently serves as a visiting lecturer and sculpture workshop leader at Erith School and ReachOutRCA, Kent.
Quayle has exhibited both at home and abroad, creating pieces for The Island Games, Isle of Man (2000); Victoria College of Art, Melbourne, Australia (2003); Poustinia Sculpture Park, Belize (2006); Latvia Ice Sculpture Festival, Jelgara, Latvia (2006), as well as a host of London exhibitions over 2007 and 2008 including Limehouse Gallery, Hoxton Square, Hyde Park, and the Flowers Galleries.
Her work is predominantly figurative, often contrasting dramatic and exotic creatures with quotidian objects. Quayle's energy and dynamism is invested in the plaster and clay used to achieve the textural nature of her sculptures. Quayle's sculptures often unite the exotic and the rural, handcrafted and pristine in a witty play on tradition.