On Saturday 3rd November a new exhibition opens at Dorset County Museum.
A World in Fragments is the work of mosaic artist Robert Field and showcases an amazing range of mosaics inspired by his travels around the world. Subjects include birds, flowers, landscapes and designs inspired by architecture, geology and Gothic and Art Deco images.
Before taking early retirement from teaching, Robert Field started travelling widely in the Roman world studying and photographing mosaics. This took him to Italy, North Africa and the Near East, Cyprus and Spain and later to Greece and Turkey to see Byzantine examples. Following this he began to study Victorian and modern mosaics which he has examined and photographed extensively in Britain as well as in Europe and America.
Interestingly, Robert originally only took up making mosaics in order to make replicas and re-constructions of Roman designs but quickly realised that the work had great potential as a means of further artistic expression.
Also a successful author, Robert has written six books on geometric patterns which are used by many people as a source of creative design in subjects as diverse as embroidery, patio paving, knitwear and quilt making.
As part of the mosaics theme, Robert Field will be giving a lecture on Thursday 8 November at 7 for 7.30pm. The lecture is entitled ‘Mosaic Art: Past and Present’ and entry is free.
In addition to the mosaic works on sale, the Museum Shop will also be selling examples of Robert’s books, greetings cards and prints while the exhibition is running.
The exhibition runs from 3 November 2012 to 26 January 2013 and entry is free.