Sculptor and draughtsman, born in Barnsley, Yorkshire. Ibbeson studied at Leicester Polytechnic, 1972–3, Trent Polytechnic, 1973–5, and at Royal College of Art, 1975–8, under Bernard Meadows. In 1977, while still at the College, he won Commonwealth Institute and London Symphony Orchestra Commissions, in 1978 gaining the Madame Tussaud Award for Figurative Art. Ibbeson’s realistic, painted figurative sculptures were amusing with a strong North Country bent. He showed at Nottingham Castle Museum in 1975, at Royal College of Art Gallery in 1977 and in 1979 at Olanda Kelly Gallery, Chicago. By that time he was well established as an exhibitor with the Nicholas Treadwell Gallery in Britain and extensively abroad in group shows, and later showed solo with Treadwell.

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

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