Vaughan Grylls practice is heavily influenced by the work and philosophy of Marcel Duchamp, who was a painter, sculptor, mathematician, chess player, and writer whose work redefined the parameters of modern art.
Whilst at the Slade School of Art in the 1960’s Grylls coined the term ‘Punsculpture’, which is a piece of art that possesses a play between its visual and verbal components; the verbal usually being the title. He places great importance on the role of the written word in the development and interpretation of art, and his work has always remained true to this philosophy, as well as to the playfulness of his Punsculptures.
At the Slade, Grylls had his Punsculptures recorded by the Central Photographic Unit of University College London. He regarded the technically superb photographs of his work as better than his own pieces—in more than just the visual sense. From that moment he resolved to make work that was photographic. He did this because he felt that photography provided a neat juxtaposition with his interest in linguistic philosophy, as they are both concerned with contextualisation of subject matter. Since then he has exhibited in both sculpture and photographic prints.
Grylls studied sculpture at the Wolverhampton College of Art, and at the Slade. He is probably best known for his work with The Gallery London, and for his enormous panoramic photo-collages.
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