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Icon (1958), aluminium sculpture by Hubert Dalwood.  Dalwood is considered an almost forgotten figure who was popular in the 60s and 70s.  He also worked on Bronze.  In recent times his work is seeing a renaissance.  This piece is found at Leeds City Art Gallery.





Hubert Dalwood (1924 - 1976)

Icon (1958)


Aluminium Sculpture

Purchased by the Leeds Art Collection Fund in 1960 and now on display at Leeds City Art Gallery.

Hubert Dalwood was an A-List British Artist born 2 June 1924 in Bristol. He trained as an engineer with Bristol Aeroplane Company 1940 - 44, then enlisted into the Royal Navy 1944 where he served until 1946.

His works are experiencing a renaissance within the art-world, with many recent exhibitions. His family and particularly his daughter Kathy Dalwood not least amongst those keeping his works alive. Kathy who is also a sculptor wrote in her blog that the family have been looking after Hubert's works . That he was a very influential figure within the world of contemporary sculpture during the 1960s and 70s.

Dalwood was indeed a highly regarded world art-world figure in the sixties and seventies, teaching and exhibiting widely. He studied under Kenneth Armitage who treated him as a colleague between 1946 - 1949, at Corsham, Bath Academy.

In 1964 he won a Professorship to the University of Illinois, where he was able to expand his repertoire with new inspirations.

His interest in different cultures won him international recognition, he was commissioned to carry out projects in both the Arab world and India.

Dalwood imagined his sculptures as though they were ritualistic objects or artefacts from a forgotten civilisation, making them deliberately mysterious.

In 1953 he was awarded the Gregory Fellowship at Leeds University, then in 1962 was selected to display at Venice Biennale and he was soon recognised prominently amongst the leading post-war British sculptors of his time. Henry Moore, just one of many fellow artists who collected his works.

Dalwood won the John Moore's prize in 1959 with his work 'Large Object' and in 1974 he was appointed Head of Sculpture at the Central School of Arts and Crafts.

Dalwood died at the young age of 52 following an unusual reaction to a skin hardening illness that infected internal organs.

Art critic: William Packer, said of Dalwood: "One of the best artists of his generation, a man who could have civilised and enlivened our cities and fired our imaginations."

Following his death, a retrospective of his work was shown by the Arts Council of Great Britain.

Article By: Dave Roberts.

First Published: 10 February 2010.


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