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GarymosaicMosaic artist, Gary Drostle

QESTlogoGOLDRGB1Committed to creating finely crafted works of art for landscape and architecture since 1986...

Below you will find some testimonials, a list of awards and a short biography.

Testimonials

"As Arts Co-ordinator for Integrated Arts Projects in South and East Belfast Trust's new Community Treatment and Care Centres, I am delighted to have been involved in Gary's first mosaic work in N. Ireland.

Body and Spirit, is a beautiful, thoughtfully conceived artwork that combines personal reflection with universal themes.

This creativity is combined with a thoroughly professional and practical approach so that issues of integration into architecture, working with other professionals, long-term maintenance and community contact are all addressed.

It has been a pleasure to work with Gary, to have our commission added to his exciting portfolio and I will follow his future activities with great interest."
Vivien Burnside, Arts Co-ordinator, South East Belfast HSS Trust
<vivien.burnside@sebt.n-i.nhs.uk>

"Your two pieces of artwork in Erith High Street; Mosaic (Stone Court outbuilding, next to The Cross Keys Pub) and Thames Barge Mural (The White Hart Pub), were installed as part of the SRB6 funded Environmental Improvements Project at the Erith Riverside Conservation Area. This involved you working with the Client (Bexley Council), various stakeholders, funding partners and the local community. The project's steering group carried out an evaluation and the level of satisfaction for your work, including presentation, quality of designs, information, expertise, conduct at meetings and overall organisation, was very highly rated. Well done and hope to work with you in the future - subject to funding!!"
Judith Houghton, Planning & Regeneration Officer, Bexley Council <judith.houghton@bexley.gov.uk>

"A very good service and installation. Always very helpful and professional."
Noel Hart, Director, Hart Associates Architects <nh@hartarc.wanadoo.co.uk>

"Gary was very keen to make sure the design was exactly what we wanted and was happy to modify the artwork to suit our ideas. The time between agreeing the design and completing the installation was only 4 months and I was impressed with the care shown on site and the finished product. I am happy to say it has already been much admired."
Nigel Burch, Project Director, London Borough of Redbridge <nigel.burch@redbridge.gov.uk>

Awards

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2008

Best Architectural Mosaic Award

Mosaic Arts International 2008, Miami Florida

Society of American Mosaic Artists annual exhibition

2007

Rouse Kent Public Art Award

Erith Fish Mosaic Sculpture

Bexley Council

Second place award for best public art in Kent

2007

RHS Chelsea Flower Show Garden - Silver Flora Medal

'Scent of a Roman'
Show Garden mosaic floor feature

Leeds City Council

Focal mosaic feature for Roman themed garden

2006

The Building Better Healthcare Facilities Awards 2006 - Use of Art Category

The Bradbury Centre, Belfast.
'Body & Spirit' Mandala Mosaic for lobby waiting area

South & East Belfast HSS Trust

Awarded - 'Best'
Scheme award of which the 'Body & Spirit' Mosaic was a part

2006

The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship

Award for craft excellence and development

Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (The Royal Warrant Holders)




 

2006

Charles Burr Award ­ Bexley Civic Society

Thames Barge Mural

London Borough of Bexley

Commendation

 

2004

Spelthorne Design Awards - Art in Development Section

Fountain Mosaic

Spelthorne Borough Council

Commendation


 

2003

London Tourism
Awards - Local Tourist initiatives

Tom Phillips Mosaics

Bellenden Renewal Project/ London Borough of Southwark

Scheme award of which mosaics were a focal feature
 

2003

Spelthorne Design Awards - Art in Architecture Section

Staines High Street Mosaics

Spelthorne Borough Council

Award


 

2002

International Mosaic
of the Year - Yahoo MosaicArtistsOrg

Croydon Fishpond Mosaic

Croydon Borough Council

Voted by mosaic makers from around the world
 

1999

Local Government News 'Street Design Awards' - Pedestrian Environment Category

Gloucester Trade Trail Mosaics

Gloucester City Council

Awarded for its contribution to street design and the exceptional quality of the artworks in Gloucester’ Pedestrian Priority Scheme.
 

1997

Croydon Design Awards - Landscape Section

Fishpond Mosaic

Croydon Borough Council

Awarded for its contribution to design and environmental quality in the London Borough of Croydon
 

1994

The Sutton & Cheam Society Design Award Scheme

Murals for Sutton Court Road

London Borough of Sutton

Commendation


 

 

P10100841Biography

I was born in Woolwich, in South East London and studied fine art at Camberwell, St Martins and Middlesex Polytechnic schools of art. I also studied for a short while in Italy at the Cararra School of Marble Sculpture. Soon after leaving art college in 1985 I began working as a mural artist. I served on the executive of Haringey Arts Council for two years and have worked closely with many different community groups.

In my artwork I am interested in figure compositions and the chiaroscuro technique, (painting in black and white) I also have an interest in community languages, particularly calligraphy, and have studied Arabic and Chinese.

I began work painting murals in hospitals for two years after which I became a founding member of Haringey Mural Workshop. When the mural workshop disbanded in 1989 I started 'Wallscapes', initially working in collaboration with Belfast artist Ruth Priestly. I was joined by Rob Turner in 1990. Rob and I worked in collaboration as Wallscapes for over ten years, producing numerous successful public art projects across the UK. In 2001 Rob and myself decided we needed to go our own ways in order to explore and develop further our own work.

CentaurCropI now work from a studio in the centre of historic Greenwich in south east London, producing murals and mosaic works. In the last few years I have gained international recognition for my mosaics completing major commissions in Bedford, Lytham St Anne's, Staines, Cambridge, Belfast, London and Washington DC and giving keynote speeches at the London conference of British mosaic makers and the San Francisco and Chicago conferences of American mosaic makers.

In 2005 I was elected President of the British Association of Modern Mosaic and in 2006 received the prestigious 'Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust' award.

You can find out more about my work, including a full list of commissions by visiting my main website here:- Drostle, art for landscape and architecture

 

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BAMMprofessionalSAMA08ProfLogoGary Drostle is a Professional Member of
The British Association for Modern Mosaic
&
The Society of American Mosaic Artists

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