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Group Captain Aleksander Gabszewicz (1911–1983), DSO, DFC
© the copyright holder. Photo credit: Royal Air Force Museum

Group Captain Aleksander Gabszewicz (1911–1983), DSO, DFC

Alfred Horace Gerrard (1899–1998)

Royal Air Force Museum

Sculptor, ceramist and teacher. His first wife was the artist Kaff Gerrard, with whom he had a show at Colnaghi’s, 1931. Gerrard studied at Manchester School of Art, then Slade School of Fine Art. He served in the Army and Royal Flying Corps in World War I, in the Army in World War II and was a war artist, 1944–5. He joined the Slade’s staff in 1925, was its temporary head in 1948–9, and was professor of sculpture there, 1948–68, thereafter professor emeritus. Won the RBS Silver Medal in 1960. Gerrard’s stone relief The North Wind is on London Transport headquarters. His work was included in The Slade 1871–1971 exhibition at RA in 1971. Lived at Leyswood, Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Gerrard, known as Gerry, was a revered teacher of students as diverse as Karin Jonzen, Eduardo Paolozzi and F E McWilliam, who wrote a catalogue tribute for the Gerrard retrospective at South London Art Gallery in 1978.

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


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