Ostinelli and Priest
It was some years ago now that Paul Priest met Gaynor Ostinelli, and developed their working partnership – creating work individually, as well as jointly.
The aim of the ceramic sculptures created by Ostinelli and Priest is to delight and inform through its presence and character. The subjects chosen remain consistent, although due to the incredible number of breeds, the diversity of animals used as subjects never stops growing. Even as the work continues to develop in its subjects – their form, colour and size – the basic construction remains the same.
Ostinelli and Priest have always thought of their work as a cross-over. On one hand is sculpture, with pieces created in clay and fired, and on the other is painting, where the colour is applied. Bringing both of these elements together builds the character and individuality of each piece.
Their sculptures have become very collectable, generating both national and international interest particularly in North America. The work has appeared in exhibitions in China, as well as being exported to New Zealand, France, Denmark, Brazil, Italy, and South Africa.
The working partnership flourishes and develops simply due to the balance of understanding between the two artists. This in turn enables them to continue to create work that pleases and inspires.