After working as a nurse in South Africa, Veda Hallowes moved to London where her love of creating beautiful forms asserted itself. Her exploration began with a focus on ceramics and ceramic sculpture. During this period she produced hundreds of porcelain pieces and ran a ceramics school from her studio in South West London. In the nineties, she expanded her practice to working with bronze and began her lifelong depiction of natural forms and to date has created over a hundred and thirty works in editions of up to nine pieces.
She’s best known for her bronze fruits and seeds that transcend their original subject matter by echoing the female form. There’s a wonderful sense of ambiguity in her work and each piece is imbued with a unique life and vitality. Her series of small fruit pieces are about relationships and connection.
With her bronze ‘spill’ pieces, Veda invites the viewer to become co-creator and engage with the impossible and fantastical. Her depictions of nature also include wall hangings of butterflies and birds that create drama through shadow and movement.
Veda is curator and co-founder of Kaleidoscope Arts, a pop-up gallery that nurtured the careers of many artists. She has opened doors, helped artists find themselves creatively and shared in their growth. She was selected for the Royal Academy Summer Show and was interviewed for the BBC Culture Show, as their featured sculptor. Veda’s work can be found in reputable private collections globally.
She is currently working on a new series called ‘Seeds of Change’ – inspired by COVID and a transforming world.
Written by Gordon Glyn-Jones – Art Writer for TheSouthAfrican.com
Selected Galleries and Exhibitions
Paragon Gallery – Cheltenham, 2013 – ongoing
Agora Contemporary 2017 – ongoing
Fresh Art Fair 2017 – ongoing
Affordable Art Fair (AAF) -(Kaleidoscope Arts) 2000 – 2016
Hicks Gallery – SW London, 1999 – ongoing
Albany Gallery – Cardiff, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2019 – ongoing
Art Parks – Guernsey, 2003 – 2019
Blackheath Gallery – London, 2011, 2012
The Royal Academy (Summer Exhibition) – London, 2001
Co-founder of Pop Up Gallery ‘Kaleidoscope Arts’
Ceramics and sculpture teacher 1979-2008.
Annual artist in residence at Bronze Age (Simons Town, South Africa) 2002–2009.
Included in ‘Who’s Who in Art’, & ‘World Who’s Who of Women’ publications.
Advanced Course in Ceramics, from the Artesenal de Miraflores, Lima, Peru, 1975.
Diploma of Further Education Fine and Applied Arts (Ceramics) London – Guildhall University 1994.
Adult Education London– Sculpture 1985–1999.