Lynn Chadwick 1914-2003

Osborne Samuel have for many years been closely associated with the work of Lynn Chadwick and have held exhibitions at galleries and museums in the UK and Internationally. We have also published many catalogues and books on the artist, working in conjunction with the Lynn Chadwick Estate.

Winning the International Prize for Sculpture at the 1956 Venice Biennale, when it was expected to go to Giacometti (who eventually won it in 1962), was a remarkable achievement for a sculptor who, like Butler, was ‘self-taught’ and had had an exhibiting career of scarcely a single decade. But in truth Chadwick had had a wish to become an artist from the early 1930’s, but had been persuaded by his father to pursue furniture and textile design and architectural draughtmanship in the Depression years. After war service as a Fleet Air Arm pilot, he resumed working with a design firm and began to make mobiles for trade shows in wood, perspex and aluminium. Enrolling on a welding course with the British Oxygen Company (as Butler would also do) in 1950 assisted him in producing two signal and substantial mobiles in 1951, ’Dragonfly’ and ‘Fisheater’, amongst others. In essence these demonstrated his difference from, and his different pathway to, mobile sculpture compared with that of Alexander Calder, to whom Chadwick’s work of this period has often been misleadingly compared.

While Calder usually hand-cut rounded and oval painted shapes, and spaced them out in evocative patterns on simple wire frameworks, Chadwick’s geometric, interlocking shapes appeared to be cut from a single sheet and, in the 1951 mobiles, anchored by an elaborate, rigid, constructed framework of iron rods, suggestive of the insect or marine form of its title. In the following year, developing this constructed framework of forged and welded rods brought his sculpture down to earth on poised, skeletal legs, foreshadowing the future character of his work. ‘Diamond Lil’ and the several variants of the large ‘Inner Eye’ that would be purchased by Alfred Barr for the Museum of Modern Art in New York, introduced quasi-modelled iron sheets sheltering a solid glass fragment held in the claws of iron rods. In this brief phase Chadwick could be said to come closest to Read’s ‘geometry of fear’, these works suggesting the remains of a delicate living thing which had been incinerated down to its bare bone structure, revealing a mysterious diamond-hard transparent core, whose very origin and function were unknowable. ... read more

Lynn Chadwick Exhibition Catalogue 2019 Exhibition Catalogue 2019

Lynn Chadwick Related Publications

Lynn Chadwick Sculpture

Short Horn

Lynn Chadwick: Short Horn, 1954

Encounter VI

Lynn Chadwick: Encounter VI, 1956

Teddy Boy and Girl II

Lynn Chadwick: Teddy Boy and Girl II, 1957

Conjunction V

Lynn Chadwick: Conjunction V, 1958

Lying Beast

Lynn Chadwick: Lying Beast, 1960

Watcher VI

Lynn Chadwick: Watcher VI, 1961

Winged Figures

Lynn Chadwick: Winged Figures, 1970

Maquette V Two Winged Figures

Lynn Chadwick: Maquette V Two Winged Figures, 1973

Pair of Sitting Figures I

Lynn Chadwick: Pair of Sitting Figures I, 1973

Two Seated Figures I

Lynn Chadwick: Two Seated Figures I, 1973

Cloaked Figure IX

Lynn Chadwick: Cloaked Figure IX, 1978

Maquette III High Wind

Lynn Chadwick: Maquette III High Wind, 1980

Sitting Figures in Robes I

Lynn Chadwick: Sitting Figures in Robes I, 1980

Couple on Seat

Lynn Chadwick: Couple on Seat, 1984

Walking Woman

Lynn Chadwick: Walking Woman, 1984

Sitting Couple

Lynn Chadwick: Sitting Couple, 1989

Beast Alerted

Lynn Chadwick: Beast Alerted, 1990

Beast Alerted I

Lynn Chadwick: Beast Alerted I, 1990

Crouching Beast I

Lynn Chadwick: Crouching Beast I, 1990

Crouching Beast II

Lynn Chadwick: Crouching Beast II, 1990

Duttan’s Beast

Lynn Chadwick: Duttan’s Beast, 1990

Howling Beast

Lynn Chadwick: Howling Beast, 1990

Lion I

Lynn Chadwick: Lion I, 1990

Sitting Couple on Bench

Lynn Chadwick: Sitting Couple on Bench, 1990

Sitting Couple on Bench

Lynn Chadwick: Sitting Couple on Bench, 1990

Sitting Couple on Bench

Lynn Chadwick: Sitting Couple on Bench, 1990

Sitting Couple on Bench

Lynn Chadwick: Sitting Couple on Bench, 1990

First Stairs

Lynn Chadwick: First Stairs, 1991

Lynn Chadwick Paintings and Drawings

Untitled

Lynn Chadwick: Untitled, 1948

Untitled

Lynn Chadwick: Untitled, 1975

Lynn Chadwick Prints

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Lynn Chadwick: Untitled