Lynn Chadwick

About Artist: Lynn Russell Chadwick, CBE RA (24 November 1914 – 25 April 2003) was an English sculptor and artist best known for his semi-abstract bronze and steel sculptures. Chadwick's work is in most major collections around the world, including MoMA, New York,[1] the Tate Gallery, London[2] and the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. In August 1949 one of Chadwick's small mobiles was placed in the window of Gimpel Fils, which promoted modern British art.[13][14][15] The following year, he held his first one-man show there, which led to critical attention and several major commissions: two for the 1951 Festival of Britain complex, Tower and Cypress, and one, Green Finger, for the Battersea Park Open Air Sculpture Exhibition that year. In Spring 1950, British architects, artists and designers were making plans for the celebrations surrounding the 1951 Festival of Britain. Jane Drew commissioned Chadwick to make a large-scale hanging mobile for the tower of her Riverside Restaurant on London's South Bank site, Tower Mobile. Architect Misha Black then commissioned Chadwick to make a large fixed sculpture for the garden of the Regatta Restaurant, Stabile (Cypress), made from copper sheets and brass rods.[16] This work was significant in that it demonstrated Chadwick's transition from designer to sculptor.[17] In April 1951 Chadwick received a commission from the Arts Council of Great Britain for a large sculpture, The Fisheater, also for the Festival of Britain. This was exhibited at the Tate Gallery from autumn 1951 through most of 1952.[18] Working on this larger scale, Chadwick quickly became aware that the techniques required for welding iron, steel, brass and copper would need learning, so in the summer of 1950 he enrolled in a welding course at the British Oxygen Company's Welding School at Cricklewood, north London.[10] Chadwick felt that this would solve the problem of creating large pieces suitable for public arenas.[19] In March 1951 he was invited to exhibit with the American Abstract Artists Group in New York.

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