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Pointing Figure
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre

Pointing Figure 1967

Bernard Meadows (1915–2005)

Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre

Sculptor, mainly in bronze, draughtsman and teacher, born in Norwich. He studied at the School of Art there, 1934–6; at Chelsea School of Art, 1936–7, while serving for several years as studio assistant to Henry Moore; then was at Royal College of Art, 1938–40 and 1946–8, spending intervening years in Royal Air Force. Meadows had his first one-man show at Gimpel Fils in 1957 and in New York at Paul Rosenberg Gallery, 1958–9. During the 1950s he was represented in a number of influential shows, including Venice Biennale in 1952 (again in 1964), Antwerp Sculpture Biennale in 1953 and 1959 and São Paulo Bienal in 1958. He was an influential teacher, at Chelsea School of Art, 1948–60, then for many years at Royal College of Art as professor of sculpture, as the exhibition Bernard Meadows at the Royal College of Art 1960–1980, at the College in 1980, clearly indicated.

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


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