Jill Berelowitz is one of London's most innovative sculptors, known for her bronze, steel and optical resin works. Whether pursuing her long-standing passion for the intimacy and movement of the body, or flexibly working to a brief, Berelowitz detailed understanding of anatomy and organic form gifts her work with sensual, contemporary appeal.
The themes of growth, rebirth and progression are core to Jill’s art. Here we see one of her newest pieces, whose elongated forms seem to be still in flux. Sections of highly polished bronze stand out against the matt patina, as though the male and females forms represented are ongoing works in progress as, the artist appears to suggest, are we all. The two faces of the pair are split; one half very polished, the other darker and less vibrant. This speaks to the duality present in the viewer, neither the polished nor the rough are given priority – both are considered equally beautiful.
We felt this location needed the right piece of sculpture, the views across Whistler Square and on to St. Barnabus through the buildings is quite stunning. However, it is doubtless overlooked by many which was something we hoped to rectify. Sculpture is excellent for drawing people to stand in a particular direction and look in a controlled direction. Installing something here that is tall and columnar both frames the view beyond and draws the viewers’ eyes skyward to elegant upper floors of the building.
2020 Edition of 9 pairs | Full bronze | 2.4 m and 2.2 m heights | POAENQUIRE
Named for the ancient Roman goddess of the Dawn this sculpture embodies the renewed hope of a new day. An abstracted human form unfurls an outer layer, as though shedding it’s shell through a period of transformation. This seemed a rather appropriate piece to launch in Spring, especially set in the vibrant new colours of Barrack’s potager.
The bronze tones of the torso reflect the intricate floral ironwork of the railings beyond, while the grey-green tones of the Verdigris bronze are matched by the surrounding vegetation. I have always loved the organic nature of Jill’s sculpture, so placing her work into nature seemed an excellent fit, however this would work equally well as an interior piece.
2016 edition of 12 pairs | Full bronze | 2.4 m and 2.2 m heights | POAENQUIRE
Moving Forward was created as a celebration of the human spirit, rebirth and the optimism of the future. The curvilinear figures are cast in full bronze with a cool grey patina, cast expertly by the Morris Singer Foundry. The relationships between the three appears to change as one views them from different angles, which drove the curation to this location as they can be viewed from almost a 360 degree angle.
Jill’s work covers a range of subjects; photo realistic trees captured in bronze, exaggerated animals from her native South Africa, however she often returns to the human figure in exaggerated proportions. The sense of movement and her ability to convey emotion seem to flow from her natural use of abstraction.
These pieces seemed to well suit this bed – sculpture at a human scale can give context to tall objects such as the Garrison Chapel and neighbouring tree, and their slightly elevated position pulls the eye upwards as one approaches from Mulberry Square.
2016 Edition of 12 pairs | Full bronze | 2.4 m and 2.2 m heights | POAFIND OUT MORE