ALFA ROMEO CENTENARY SCULPTURE BY GERRY JUDAH GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED 2010
Concept, design and production: Gerry Judah
Consultant Engineering: Capita Symonds
Fabrication and Installation: Littlehampton Welding
Photography: David Barbour
The dramatic landscapes of India and the ornate architecture of its temples, mosques and synagogues with their theatrical rituals had a profound effect on Judah's developing psyche which were later to resurface in his work. Austere, post-war London came as a shock to Judah, and he chose to spend his time conjuring up imaginary landscapes and architectural fantasies with pencils and paper. He went on to study art at Barnet College of Art (1970-1972) before obtaining a First-Class Honours degree in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, University of London (1972-1975) and studying Sculpture as a postgraduate at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London (1975-1977).
After college, Judah set up his studio in the West End of London where he began to work on large-scale sculptures. To finance his projects, he took casual work in theatres as a stagehand and scenic artist. During this time he worked for the Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Royal Festival Ballet, London Contemporary Dance, Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet, Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre amongst others. Enjoying the democracy of the theatre as a visual arena, Judah sought to exhibit his art in other public settings. He began to build a reputation for innovative design, working in film, television and museums. He created sets for institutions such as BBC, Channel Four, British Museum, Natural History Museum, Imperial War Museum, and for artists including Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson, Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, The Who, David Bailey, Terence Donovan and Godley and Creme. He has also produced sculptures for Ferrari, Porsche, Audi, Jaguar, Mercedes Benz, Renault, Ford, Rolls Royce, Honda, Toyota and Land Rover at the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed and has designed bridges in London and Cambridge.
Amongst a number of commissions from public museums and institutions, Judah was invited to create a large-scale model of the selection ramp in Auschwitz Birkenau for a Holocaust exhibition hosted by the Imperial War Museum, London. Extensive research and visits to Auschwitz led him to produce a highly acclaimed work that encouraged him to take his art in yet a new direction. Returning to his Fine Art origins, he began to make art born of his reflections on historical events. He created a large body of three-dimensional paintings exploring the effects of war and the devastation wrought by man on our global landscape. His paintings have been shown in solo exhibitions including Frontiers, the Timber Yard, London, 2005, Angels, the Royal Institute of British Architects, London, 2006 and the British High Commission, India, 2007, Motherlands, Louise T Blouin Foundation, London and Country, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton, 2009.
Gerry Judah's work is included in a number of international public and private collections including the Saatchi Collection, Poju and Anita Zabludowicz Collection, Essy and Fatima Collection, Amir Shariat Collection, David Roberts Collection, Israel Centre of Arts Collection, Irena Hochman Collection, Roger Walters Collection, Bobby Kapoor Collection, Zaza Jabre Collection, Stephen and Miriam Grabina Collection, Richard and Jessie Harrington Collection, Gilad and Cheryl Hayeem Collection, Chris and Angie Drake Collection, Phil Hylander Collection, Jason Lee Collection, David and Francoise Winton Collection, Imperial War Museum Collection, Museum of Old and New Art Collection and The Earl of March Goodwood Collection.
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