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Gerry Judah

London, United Kingdom

Ballista Magazine is, and has always been, a forum of design and not of political or social commentary; however, in light of the recent violence and destruction coming from London, Ballista Magazine thought it appropriate to feature a fantastic designer from across the pond: Mr. Gerry Judah!

A native of Calcutta, India and currently working out of London, Gerry Judah is a visionary artist and sculptor with a penchant for large-scale design installations.  After graduating from the Barnet College of Art, Gerry obtained graduate and postgraduate degrees from Goldsmiths College and the Slade School of Fine Art by 1977.  After brief stints as a stage and scenic artist, Gerry found himself “taken with the public nature of this work and decided to find settings for his own art in more public arenas than the rarefied spaces of conventional galleries”.  This realization brought him to his eventual sculptural career, most notably his installations for the Goodwood Festival of Speed.  These gigantic structural sculptures highlighted innovations from some of the most famous automotive manufacturers in the world, including the likes of Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Rolls-Royce, etc…the list goes on!  Take a look at his sculptural portfolio and the gallery below for a sense of scale and precision…it’s absolutely astounding.

Gerry’s monumental sculptural work is undoubtedly awe-inspiring but we at Ballista were actually more captivated by his painting portfolio, which features post-tantrum architectural models re-imagined as destructed wastelands of sorts.  Maybe it is a product of our editors’ time at the College of Architecture and Planning at Ball State University, but the resultant work is eerie and at times, almost apocalyptic.  Not only is it incredibly satisfying to destroy an architectural model (especially after countless hours in the studio), it can be a beautiful destruction if handled with the care of Mr. Judah.  Yes, that was sarcasm…Gerry literally bashes his models into oblivion and paints over the resulting carnage to create fantastic 3-d gallery paintings.

To see more of these paintings and the remainder of Gerry’s sculptural work, please visit his website.  Please also keep those in London in mind as they seek to control and repair the damage caused over the last couple of days — the city is a wealth of design and culture and it pains us to see such destruction in the name of social unrest.

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