Osborne Samuel has an important sculpture inventory and exhibition programme. The gallery has been closely associated with Lynn Chadwick for over 30 years. After our own very successful retrospective in 2012, we co-curated the highly acclaimed Chadwick retrospective at Abbott Hall Art Gallery and Blackwell in Cumbria. (Lynn Chadwick: Evolution in Sculpture at Abbot Hall & Blackwell: 28 March – 15 June 2013.
See the virtual catalogue.
In this the centenary year of Lynn Chadwick’s birth, we will hold a retrospective and launch the major new monograph written by Michael Bird.
Lynn Chadwick was born in London in 1914. He trained as a draughtsman and in 1937 joined an architectural practice, designing exhibition stands for trade fairs.
During the war, Chadwick served as a pilot in the Fleet Air Arm. Afterwards he moved to Stroud, Gloucestershire and began constructing mobiles out of wire and balsa wood. He had his first one-man show in 1950 and in 1952 contributed sculptures to the British entry at the XXVI Venice Biennale. This was the exhibition that prompted the art critic Herbert Read to coin the phrase ‘the geometry of fear’ to describe the work of Chadwick and his fellow British contributors.
In the early 1950s, Chadwick began to concentrate on solid, free-standing sculptures. In 1956, to the outrage of the artist establishment, Chadwick won the prestigious International Sculpture Prize at the XXVIII Venice Biennale, pushing Giacometti an elder statesman in comparison into second place. The prize secured his international reputation. Tate Britain held a major Chadwick exhibition in 2003, the year of his death.