Monday, August 8, 2011

The Forgotten Kimbolton Bear

Lot 54
Soraya Smithson (b. 1964)

brown fun fur, fake claws nose and eyes
183 x 91.5 x 71cm (72 x 36 x 28 in.)
Executed in 2001.

Estimate: �1000 - �1500
Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist

Soraya Smithson has been attracted to work with this lot by the very "human" physical attributes of bears and the fairy tales and myths which surround them. This bear is a descendant of the original Kimbolton bear; now disinherited and forgotten he sits slumped and dejected in the exhibition.

Lot 338 A stuffed brown bear on oak base, 6ft. 6in. high

Soraya Smithson is best described as a textile artist and object maker. She studied Fine Art at Middlesex Polytechnic in London and completed a post graduate course at the University of Northumberland. She now lives and works at Stamford in Lincolnshire. Her work has always had a domestic feel, based on the memories and clutter of people's lives, woven together to create new patterns and modern day votives. She has recently shown at the Durham Light Infantry Museum, The Mapin Art Gallery in Sheffield and the Medway Open exhibition at Rochester.

With thanks to B.T. Upholstery Supplies Ltd. Peterborough and Jonathon Harvey and Mark Milners upholsterers, Stamford.