Paul Grellier has been using salvaged material both to create sculpture and as a source of inspiration over the past thirty years. Having grown up in rural England, his childhood was informed by countryside surroundings and also a trove of tools left by his father's eccentric twin uncles Norman and Bernard Grellier - WW1 surgeons, plane crashers, and model railway builders.
Grellier's recent work gathers the cultural significance, iconic beauty and natural materials embodied in tools, to celebrate human endeavour over millennia, whilst also marking the process of time and change.
Grellier is not harking back to yesteryear in his current portrayal of traditional tools, hand carved in ancient natural material, that reference the origins of language and creativity, but rather, offering reflection at a point when technological advancement appears exponential, or at least, very rapid and exciting.
His interest in humanity's future - space exploration and the infinite possibility outweighs his fascination with its past. Yet there remains the suggestion - of looking hard and in which direction?
"If Hindsight and foresight met for a fight, which would eventually win.... If the past came first - the first was last, and the other you knew to begin." [PG c.1990]