Richard Shilling's debut book 'Land Art' chronicles his journey of discovery into this unique artform. One day he chanced upon an Andy Goldsworthy sculpture on a wild and isolated moor and he was inspired to begin his own explorations into the world of natural art sculptures. Inside the book you are taken on a journey as Shilling investigates all the different materials that mother natures provides: colourful leaves and pebbles, snow and ice, stone, wood and so much more.
This book contains 120+ high quality, full colour photographs of his land art depicted in four chapters. "Leaf, Berry, Bracken and Thorn." "Beach, River & Shore." "Stacked Stones & Balanced Pebbles." and "Ice, Snow & Frost". The final chapter "Beginnings" is the story of how he discovered land art and how he found his inner voice and a way to express it.
Other well known practitioners in this field of art - commonly known as land art, natural art, eco art, environmental art, earth art - include Andy Goldsworthy, Nils Udo and Chris Drury. Shilling's artwork is most commonly compared to the work of Andy Goldsworthy as they both specialise in ephemeral small scale natural art sculptures and he remains his largest influence.
But Shilling has developed his own unique style bringing a refreshing and new perspective to this artform. His style is often quirky and humourous, very colourful, intimate and personal. His main focus is on small scale, delicate and colourful, ephemeral artworks but he also regularly creates larger scale works too. He has received much critical acclaim and his work is often described as much more accessible and personal than some of what has come before him and he has gone on to inspire many people to make their own land art creations.
He makes his sculptures in beautiful and wild natural places across the North of England. Particularly in Lancashire, Cumbria and Yorkshire but he has also created sculptures in Scotland and the Himalaya.