Little Wei Wei

Philip Vallentin, 2019              

Glass on wood 

Size: W20 x H15 x D5cm

The full title of this work, which is inscribed on the block of wood, is "Even Little Wei Wei Joined the Search for Fresh Bamboo". This is Phil's nod to conservation and a homage to the artist, Ai Wei Wei, who is not always treated in a friendly welcoming manner by his native China. In spite of this, he has always continued to be inventive, productive and expressive in his creativity. He would like us all to keep our eyes open for the truth, hoping for a nurturing future.


Other works by Philip Valentin:

Woodpeckers Father and Son GlassHummingbird by Philip VallentinDo Join Us by Philip Vallentin   Duet in Amber by Philip Vallentin

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Artist Philip VallentinArtist: Philip Vallentin

‘Hey, let’s put some eyes on that thing.’ A statement Philip is often heard to say.

Philip was well into his fourth decade when he fell into a creative crucible of hot glass. Immediately his skills as a traditional animator came to great use. Decades of doodling cartoons is evident in his propensity to create work of expressive characters. Whether larger blown glass pieces or small lamp worked pieces, the themes and narratives are generally light hearted and charming.

Having studied animation in Canada, Philip worked internationally for many years. He settled in the UK and ran a boutique animation studio called Espresso Animation in London’s Soho for over twenty years. Presently Philip is teaching traditional 2D animation at the University of Hertfordshire. But in his spare moments, he sneaks into his garden studio to create mad items of glass whimsy.

Over the years Philip has predominantly exhibited his work at Peter Layton’s London Glassblowing Workshop in Bermondsey but has also shown at The Waterloo Gallery, The Barbican Library Gallery, The Koukan Galley in Muswell Hill, The East Finchley Open and the Belfry Tower in Bruges, Belgium. His characterful pieces have found their way to many happy homes around the world.

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