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Fruit of Oblivion
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Leeds Museums and Galleries

Fruit of Oblivion 1982

Edward Allington (1951–2017)

Leeds Museums and Galleries

British sculptor, draughtsman, and writer, born in Troutbeck Bridge, Westmorland. He studied at Lancaster College of Art and the Central School of Art, London. He arrived at art school with the intention of studying ceramics and with a fascination with Greek art and philosophy. This interest is apparent in his sculpture: it draws on classical statuary and architecture as a source. These subjects are presented in brilliant synthetic colours or as repeated motifs. We are reminded that the origin of standardized production lies, not in the Industrial Revolution, but in the sanctified classical orders of architecture. Drawings, reminiscent in their thick, curved outlines of the late work of Giorgio *de Chirico, show relics stranded in expansive interiors like deserted museums.

Text source: A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art (Oxford University Press)

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