Lynn Chadwick - Sculptures
18th July to 18th October 2015Lynn Chadwick (1914-2003) was one of the leading British sculptors of post-war Britain, known primarily for metal works often inspired by the human form and the natural world, but which also at times seemed close to abstraction. When Lynn Chadwick was awarded the coveted prize for sculpture in the 1956 Venice Biennale, it was the sensation of the show. Because he was one of a new generation of British sculptors who surprised the audience with their departure from previously dominant sculptural traditions and materials, embracing iron structures, plaster filler and industrial compounds. They presented jagged works concerned with the dematerialisation of mass and the vitality of line.
Chadwick himself came to sculpture by an unconventional route. He did not attend Art School but began his career in an architect’s office as a draughtsman. His first sculptural objects were suspended from the ceiling and consisted of linked, balanced forms floating freely in space. Later, he developed ground supports for these mobiles, transforming them into stabiles. Eventually Chadwick was increasingly concerned with the ground supports of the stabiles which became the first sculptures without any mobile elements. From this time on he began to work with an armature, formed by welded steel rods, which was then filled with a mixture of iron filings and plaster.