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Encounter VI
© the artist's estate / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: British Council Collection

Encounter VI 1957

Lynn Chadwick (1914–2003)

British Council Collection

Sculptor in metal, born in London. He is noted for his mobiles and for abstract shapes, dancing children and waiting and watching figures. After education at Merchant Taylors’ School, although Chadwick wanted to become a sculptor, his family persuaded him to enter an architect’s office, and he stayed an architectural draughtsman until World War II, when he became a Fleet Air Arm pilot. Working with the architect Rodney Thomas after the war Chadwick began experimenting with mobiles, partly inspired by the work of Alexander Calder. First showed at LG in 1950, in that year having initial one-man show at Gimpel Fils. Gained a national prize in The Unknown Political Prisoner competition in 1953; won International Sculpture Prize at Venice Biennale, 1956; and first prize at Concorso Internazionale del Bronzetto, in Padua, 1959.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)


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