I've previously posted about my father's work as this exhibition was transferred
from The New Art Centre, Roche Court (Wiltshire) (click link for images).
The settings of Leeds City Art Gallery and Roche Court couldn't strike a bigger contrast - the one an imposing Victoria municipal gallery and the other cutting edge contemporary architecture set in undulating parkland - the sculpture looked fantastic in both environments. The Leeds curatorial team did a wonderful job of installing the work and I thought introducing a strip of colour was inspirational.
The folowing text comes from the Roche Court exhibition press release:
Hubert Dalwood was one of the leading post-war British sculptors. In the 1950s and 1960s his work received considerable critical acclaim both at home and abroad, winning prizes and prestigious commissions. Dalwood died in 1976 aged only fifty two, leaving an important legacy of work.
Landscape into Sculpture, an exhibition by the New Art Centre, Roche Court is a display of work by an artist once described by the eminent art critic Norbert Lynton as, ‘one of the most original and inventive minds in the field of modern sculpture’
At the Leeds opening Chris Stephens (exhibitions director, Tate Gallery) gave a brilliantly interesting talk about my father's work. We collaborated with Chris some years ago while he was writing the monograph: The Sculpture of Hubert Dalwood published by the Henry Moore Foundation (still available, click the link). It's a brilliantly researched book and Chris has a unique take on the work.
Seeing so much work altogether, it was really striking how much my father's work constantly developed and changed throughout his career; the sculptures of the early 50s and mid 70s are extremely different. I don't think it's the case that all artists seek new directions in this way and I think a lot of work spanning a career can be very repetitive. I always remember my father telling me that the difference between an amateur and professional artist is that the amateur is usually satisfied with what they have made, whereas the professional artist is always disatisfied and as soon as one piece is finished wants to make a better one!
My father made this aluminium jewellry in the 1950s - I remember my mother wearing it to parties (of which there were a lot in Leeds at the time, sculptors, painters, poets, writers hanging out together with barrels of cheap beer and lots of chat!)
A very proud day and my sister and two brothers and I are so pleased at this renewed interest in my father's work.
(Photos by Alison Dalwood)
See the related post: Hubert Dalwood Sculpture at Roche Court
Response to comments below
Was great to 'meet' Roger Lee (his comment below) via this post - Roger was a student of my father's at Hornsey School of Art in the 1960s (the college was famous for its student occupation in 1968!).
Roger went to the Leeds show and did some wonderful sketches of the work - check them out:
Roger Lee drawings
From time to time I come across people who knew my father and it's so great to hear their reminscences - although these encounters are always tinged with some sadness as my father died so tragically young and it gets me to wondering what else he could have achieved with his sculpture if he had lived a longer life.