cambridge contemporary art

Joseph Silcott

After leaving Liverpool Art School with a degree in Graphic Design, Joseph continued his education at St Martins School of Art. He has since worked as a freelance illustrator creating artwork for a variety of clients, including the BBC, London Buses, The Times and The Guardian newspapers, and Varig airlines. Joseph now extends his own artistic practice by exhibiting his artwork internationally. 

Inspiration for Joseph's recent work comes primarily from Nature and in particular butterflies, moths and the folklore and mythology surrounding these specific insects, to produce work with a narrative quality. He likes the school of thought that butterflies represent the soul, and also the parallels drawn between their life cycle and that of the life, death and resurrection of Christ. He tends to work in series and as well as interpreting butterfly myth and folklore, he draws inspiration from classical music, in particular the "Papillons" piece by R Schumann which attempts to capture their delicate fragility, movement and flight in music. Puccini's tragic opera "Madam Butterfly" is another big source of musical inspiration. Nocturnes by various classical composers also capture the spirit and characteristics of the moth perfectly. Joseph is also inspired by the Victorian obsession of collecting, preserving and presenting insects in boxes.

Joseph's butterflies are created from collaged paper and each butterfly is individually hand cut. Joseph really enjoys the process of collage, layering and texturing various elements from disparate sources and combining these to create a cohesive whole. He uses and recycles imagery taken from advertising as well as the rhythm and patterns of found imagery and wrapping papers which he then cuts up to create a newly ordered image. As well as their obvious natural beauty, he agrees with the Eastern belief of butterflies as bringers of joy and being the essence of happiness.

The works illustrated below are intended to give you a taste of what the gallery has to offer, please email us on info@cambridgegallery.co.uk or call us on 01223 324222 to find out which pieces are currently available. Prices range from £200 - £660.


Butterfly Ball

mixed media

53 x 53 cm

£550

 Gloriole  mixed media  50 x 50 cm  £660

Gloriole

mixed media

50 x 50 cm

£660

Periphery

mixed media

93 x 93 cm

£1,980

 Mandarin Collar   mixed media    78 x 58 cm    £1,631          

Mandarin Collar

mixed media

78 x 58 cm

£1,631

 

 

 

Gesture

mixed media

33 x 24 cm

 

 Rabble  Copper  53 x 53 cm  £653

Rabble

Copper

53 x 53 cm

£653

A Bigger Little Black Dress

mixed media

Lineate Spectrum

mixed media

 

 

Butterfly Waltz

mixed media

53 x 53 cm

£660

 Oculus    mixed media    53x 53 cm    £761

Oculus

 mixed media

53x 53 cm

£761

Love Heart

mixed media

43 x 43 cm

£265

 Pequena Princessa Roja  mixed media  75 x 55 cm  £1,530

Pequena Princessa Roja

mixed media

75 x 55 cm

£1,530

Coronet

mixed media

Token of Affection

mixed media

 

 

Conclave

mixed media

£2,420

Little Gold Dress

mixed media

£1,540

Union Jack

mixed media

Romance

mixed media

26 x 26 cm

£220

 Allegiance (Large)  mixed media  40 x 40 cm  £550

Allegiance (Large)

mixed media

40 x 40 cm

£550

Gesture IV

mixed media

33 x 24 cm

£220

 

 

 

 Bathing Beauty   mixed media    78 x 58 cm    £1,522    

Bathing Beauty

mixed media

78 x 58 cm

£1,522

 

 Echo   mixed media

Echo

mixed media

Coronet

mixed media

 

 

Little Red Dress

mixed media

 Allegiance (Small)  mixed media  23 x 23 cm  £220

Allegiance (Small)

mixed media

23 x 23 cm

£220