Twentieth Century and Modern Sculpture

The first exhibition in the Frink Studio’s new location presents sculpture in context and celebrates the work of a number of twentieth century and contemporary artists including Thiébaut Chagué, Frank Dobson, Laurence Edwards, Elisabeth Frink, Sir Terry Frost, Bridget McCrum, Henry Moore, Albert Paley, Ti Parks and Brian Taylor. Sculptural practice involves a range of different artforms as part of its process and the space itself is just the starting point. The work on show encompasses draughtmanship, maths, measurement, modelling and metals. Viewed together in the context of each other enables a greater understanding of process and the individual works of art. While the selected pieces stand on their own merit, collectively they highlight the use of the figure as archetype for emotional content and suggest the power the figure manifests within the psychological narrative of art. Akin to the building they inhabit, they are both muse and totem.

A significant group of approximately 30 works by the artist Brian Taylor (1935-2013) will be on show in the exhibition including many bronze sculptures which have rarely been on public display since the early 1960s. Taylor studied at the Slade School of Art in the mid-1950s and his early prowess as a sculptor of the human figure resulted in him gaining a coveted three-year scholarship to Rome. The artworks Taylor encountered there stimulated him enormously, ranging from classical sculpture through to early twentieth-century modernism, and pervaded the work which followed.

The works on display in this exhibition span the artist’s career and demonstrates his fascination with the study of both human and animal forms, the essence of which illustrates his accuracy of describing movement and his unparalleled observation of animated volume. In 1998 Taylor was elected a member of the Society of Portrait Sculptors and the Royal Society of British Sculptors. The following year a retrospective exhibition, Sculpting from Life was held in Cork Street, London. Despite the artist’s remarkable output, his work remains best known to a select circle of friends, patrons and enthusiasts. We are delighted to be showing this significant collection of Taylor’s work within the context of this exhibition celebrating figurative sculpture.

Biography 

Thiébaut Chagué

[ 1958
- Present ]
Thiébaut began his career in 1976, training in France, Belgium and in England under Michael Cardew and Richard Batterham. Returning to France in 1981 he set up his first workshop in the Loire Valley and in 1984 built a new studio in the Vosges with a wood-fired kiln. Examples of his work can be found in many public collections across Europe in Belgium, France and Germany. He is represented in the

Elisabeth Frink

[ 1930
- 1993 ]
Born in Thurlow, Suffolk, Dame Elisabeth Frink (1930-1993) trained at Guildford School of Art (1947-49), and at Chelsea School of Art (1949-1952) under Bernard Meadows and Willi Soukop. These studies, combined with visits to Paris that acquainted her with Giacometti and the works of Rodin, culminated in Frink’s first major exhibition at the Beaux Art Gallery in 1952.

Ti Parks

[ 1939
- 2017 ]
Ti Parks (1939 -2017) graduated from the Slade School in 1962. He moved to Australia in 1964 and became an important influence in the contemporary art world there. He was the Australian representative at the Paris Biennale (1973), the Sydney Biennale (1976) and as an invited performance artist at the Venice Biennale (2007). Since the 1960’s he has exhibited extensively in Australia and New Zealand

Brian Taylor

[ 1935
- 2013 ]
Born in 1935 Brian Taylor attended the Slade school of arts where he met Henry Moore who saw great potential in him. In 1998 Taylor was elected a member of the Society of Portrait Sculptors and the Royal Society of British Sculptors.

Albert Paley

[ 1944
- Present ]
The symbolic and aesthetic sensibility in Paley’s work reveals a consistency of mind, a view of the world, and an organic flow that ties it all together, from [his] early brooches to the monuments that contribute to cityscapes all over America.

Bridget McCrum

[ 1934
- Present ]
McCrum’s work is a potent fusion of the ancient with the modern. She works primarily in stone, from which some pieces are also cast in bronze. Initially influenced by archaeological finds and by the work of Brancusi, Hepworth and Moore, her sculpture also contains oblique references to the landscape and fauna around her homes in Devon and Gozo.

Laurence Edwards

[ 1967
- Present ]
One of the few sculptors who casts his own work, Laurence Edwards is fascinated by human anatomy and the metamorphosis of form and matter that governs the lost-wax process.

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