AFTER launching her book Coming Home with an accompanying retrospective show at Pyramid Gallery in December, York artist Lesley Seeger returns to the Stonegate premises with new work from Saturday.

The exhibition takes its title from a series of new Seeger paintings on the theme of An Antidote To An English Winter. "The paintings depict joyously coloured flowers and birds highlighted with reds and golds," says Lesley, who will open the show at 11am.

Joining Lesley at the York gallery will be Selby sculptor Eoghan Bridge, whose ceramic sculptures of figures and horses in crazy poses will be shown in both York and New York this year.

In York, his new pieces will be exhibited in tandem with steadfast ceramic figures by London artist Tom Payne and glass by Crispian Heath and Laura Hart. In New York, as part of the Big Apple's Affordable Art Fair in March, Eoghan’s work will be on show at the Linda Blackstone Gallery, which has represented him over there for several years.

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Balancing act: sculpture by Eoghan Bridge

Pyramid Gallery owner Terry Brett has worked with Eoghan Bridge for more than 20 years. "It's always exciting to see what Eoghan comes up with for a new show," he says. "Horses are depicted as acrobats, balancing on balls, tumbling or somehow in a balletic pose with a figure."

Born in Edinburgh in 1963, Eoghan trained at Harrogate College of Art and Leeds Polytechnic and produces his work in bronze, ceramic and occasionally resin. His sculpture centres on the relationship between the horse and rider, the human figure and abstract forms and not only has a timeless quality but also crosses cultural and geographical boundaries.

"I believe sculpture has a unique language that offers both a visual and tactile experience that is often not translatable into words," he says. "There's something earthy about the process of making sculpture using fundamental materials like clay, stone, wood and plaster.

"From abstract to figurative pieces, my work has a common theme: the celebration of ideas, feelings and of human life and the infinite possibilities that it poses."

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Sitting Man, ceramic sculpture, by Tom Payne

Tom Payne’s sculptures depict working men or boxers. "Each one is hand modelled and very roughly finished, but with a character that is emotive and strong. He refers to then generically as ‘Grunts’," says Terry Brett.

Crispian Heath is exhibiting in York after completing an MA in glass at Sunderland University. "His inspirations come from the natural world, such as seed pods or rock formations, and the forms are kiln cast and finished by polishing," says Terry.

"Pyramid Gallery has been showing Crispian's work for five years now and we've selected him to take part in a major glass exhibition with the Contemporary Glass Society that will start here on March 18."

An Antidote To An English Winter will run at Pyramid Gallery, Stonegate, York, from Saturday to March 12.