Lynn Chadwick 1914 —2003

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LYNN CHADWICK (1914 - 2003)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lynn Russell Chadwick CBE (24 November 1914 – 25 April 2003) was an English artist and sculptor

Mr. Chadwick came of age as an artist after World War II, when a mood of existential anxiety converged with traditions of humanistic representation and Modernist abstraction. In the 1950's he developed a spiky vocabulary of skeletal lines and rough planes organized into generalized images of people or animals that evoked feelings of pain, rage and fear.

In 1956, when he was 41 and just six years into his art career, he won first prize for sculpture at the Venice Biennale and, along with that award, international fame and enormous financial success.

In 1964, he was made a Commander of the British Empire.  In the same year he was featured in the 1964 documentary film "5 British Sculptors (Work and Talk)" by American filmmaker Warren Forma. Many of Chadwicks’ works gave been on exhibit at Tate Britain, London.

 

His approach to sculpture is based in construction rather than modeling. Chadwick first makes a linear armature or skeleton on to which he applies a skin, building up the surface to a solid form. Earlier works featured a textured finish, but his latest pieces have a smoother, more refined surface, and geometry has replaced more organic form. His subject-matter ranges from the human form, abstracted but readily recognised, to animals - general types rather than specific creatures.

His characteristic sculptures during this period were human figures cast in bronze. Clad in rough drapery with geometric, pyramidal heads, these works blended Surrealism, the angst of Alberto Giacometti and the monumentalism of Henry Moore.  Characteristic of Chadwick’s work is Sitting Figures 1989.

In 1988 Mr. Chadwick was again invited to exhibit in the Venice Biennale. For the occasion he created a pair of seated figures, male and female, titled ''Back to Venice.''

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