“…one of the most original and inventive minds in the field of modern sculpture.”
Norbert Lynton, art critic
Sensitive and distinctive, Hubert Dalwood’s work was chosen for display at the 1962 Venice Biennale and he was soon in league with the leading post-war British sculptors of his time.
After working as an engineer in the Royal Navy during the Second World War, Hubert Dalwood studied at Bath Academy of Art and was then awarded the Gregory Fellowship at Leeds University. His work of 1959, Large Object, won the John Moore’s prize in 1959. In 1974 he was appointed Head of Sculpture at the Central School of Arts and Crafts and died two years later. A retrospective of his work was shown by the Arts Council of Great Britain. He shifted from figurative subjects early on in his career and turned to abstract forms that are always surprising in scale, surface and composition.
Described by the art critic Norbert Lynton as ‘one of the most original and inventive minds in the field of modern sculpture’. In the 1950s and 1960s his work received considerable critical acclaim both at home and abroad, winning prizes and prestigious commissions.
Dalwood’s early works, modelled in clay and plaster before casting, reveal his fascination with qualities of surface. Focusing initially on the female figure, from the mid-1950s he created a series of ‘mysterious’ objects. Their heavily worked and textured skins recall those of archaeological artefacts, excavated from the earth, as well as the craggy terrains of natural landscapes.
From the mid-1960s, following a period spent teaching in North America, Dalwood became increasingly interested in architecture and its relationship to landscape. He started to create monumental architectural forms out of polished aluminium and sheet metal, which reflect their surroundings; and imagined, magical environments – vast landscapes on a small scale – which can be understood in their entirety when seen from above.
“His works are experiencing a renaissance within the art-world, with many
recent exhibitions.” Leeds Art Gallery Online
Landscape into Sculpture:
The Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre
University Of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL
7 May – 25 June 2011
Leeds Art Gallery
The Headrow, Leeds LS1 3AA
17 October – 30 January 2011
New Art Centre
Roche Court, East Winterslow, Salisbury, SP5 1BG
12 September – 22 November 2009