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Adrian McCurdy

Adrian McCurdy

Born: 1953

Hometown: Jedburgh

Based in: Scottish Borders

Adrian McCurdy began furniture making in 1989 following some years landscape painting. He studied Fine Art in Nottingham in 1973 and combined this with an Arts&Craft inspired background of wood skills.

Adrian has pursued an individual exploration with oak and fundamental craft techniques such a splitting up large logs into useful sizes for seating and boxes. He has exhibited widely in Britain and shown in groups shows in South Korea and the USA Sofa Chicago.
In 2019 he was awarded Best Use of Timber at the Celebration of Craftsmanship in Cheltenham.

He sells through the Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh and has a show planned for 2023. He had work exhibited and sold at the Scottish Royal Academy in summer 2021.


5 works for sale

Cleft Oak Box

Adrian McCurdy, United Kingdom

Furniture

$ 1,200

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Wavy-leg Table by Adrian McCurdy

Adrian McCurdy, United Kingdom

Furniture

$ 1,100

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Low Table/Stool by Adrian McCurdy

Adrian McCurdy, United Kingdom

Furniture

$ 1,000

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Black-top Table/Stool by Adrian McCurdy

Adrian McCurdy, United Kingdom

Furniture

$ 1,000

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Star Burst by Adrian McCurdy

Adrian McCurdy, United Kingdom

Furniture

$ 1,200

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Adrian McCurdy In The Studio

"I've been totally involved in the process from choosing a tree-butt to cleave to an eventual finished item. It's a closeness to the material that fascinates me."

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More About Adrian McCurdy

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What inspires you?

20th Century design and the natural world. Early wood-craft skills and hand tool techniques. A wander through my wood store of cleft-oak shapes and my ideas for furniture multiply. Incorporating functional furniture with sculptural qualities is always a fascination.

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Describe your creative process.

I work directly with my chosen material and let the inner growth shapes be a starting point. It's a slow process of discovery getting to know each piece.

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What are 3 words that best describe your work?

Form, grain and individuality

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Who are some artists that have influenced your work?

Makers of early simple oak furniture using hand-tools and a deep material knowledge. My wood-working father and the freedom of 20th Century designers.

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What is the most important tool when creating your work?

The spoke-shave can follow the grain of each piece.

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Where do you go for inspiration?

River banks, nearby woodlands and big skies. I've retained an interest in sculpture and painting and like a trip to galleries to see new work or favorite artists.


Credentials

Exhibitions

In The Grain. Scottish Gallery Edinburgh

2021

Cheongui 7th Craft Biennale.

2011

100%design. Earl's Court London

2009

Awards

Best use of British Timber. Celebration of Craftsmanship.

2019

Exhibitions

In The Grain. Scottish Gallery Edinburgh

2021

Cheongui 7th Craft Biennale.

2011

100%design. Earl's Court London

2009

Awards

Best use of British Timber. Celebration of Craftsmanship.

2019

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