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Gunvor Anhøj

Winner of the Mill Cove Award at Sculpture in Context 2015


Gunvor Anhøj was born in Denmark in 1973. She lives and works in County Wicklow, Ireland. From early childhood she loved making and used to sit and carve wooden objects in the garden of the family home. For a living she trained as a horticulturist and was first introduced to Iron when required to plough the fields the old way using horses and a one-furrow plough. Following her intrigue with both the material and the tradition of the blacksmith she then trained in Hereford, England achieving a Higher National Diploma in Three Dimensional Design Crafts, Blacksmithing at the Hereford College of Art and Design.

Gunvor’s aim is to portray everyday matters from birth to death, family, love, loss and celebration. She recreates well recognised objects and plays on the associations the material steel holds. After her first meeting with steel as a tool, she likes to celebrate that link and often utilises found wrought iron fencing and tooling as a source.

Portraying the essence rather than the obvious, Gunvor’s pieces are delicate traceries of beautifully wrought metal forms, using as few components as possible to describe as much as possible.

Media used: forged and welded steel, wrought iron and bronze. Wood and stone.


Forged mild steel and bronze, wood

570 x 187 x 176mm


Forged mild steel and bronze

380 x 500 x 135mm


Forged  bronze and wood

700 x 250 x 460mm


Forged mild steel and bronze

800 x 400 x 250mm