Douglas Jeal as a student, 1965

Douglas Jeal Sculptures - Early work


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The early work expresses the ideas I had at that time when my main considerations were primarily involved with a formal constructivist approach to the problem solving of base and floor space. Was it possible to combine them in a sculptural whole to create an entity in itself, free-standing, without a figurative totemic appearance?

I used colour both as a demarcation between the different elements and in the very early work to create a particular atmosphere of a piece. This would often  relate to the title, as in Late Spring Early Summer. Although new ideas were developing and the pieces were becoming more involved with movement, as in the large constructive sculpture of 1965, colour was used simply to define different segments of a piece, and this continued as the work became more minimal.