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1914 – 2003
English artist Lynn Chadwick is one of the world’s most prominent modern sculptors. Chadwick’s unique method instils his mobiles and sculptures with a sense of vital energy and movement, a concept which the artist refers to as “attitude”. Chadwick rose to fame after representing Britain in the 1956 Venice Biennale, where he became the then-youngest recipient to win its International Sculpture Prize. His works have since appeared at major institutions and galleries around the world, including the Tate Gallery in London and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Chadwick’s sculptures are crafted with great attention to detail and reflect the artist’s apprenticeship training under the architect Roger Thomas, who encouraged him toward sculpture. Through nearly imperceptible adjustments to angle or facet, his works communicate a sense of action as well as emotional relationships between forms.
Each standing over 2 metres tall, the High Hat Man and High Hat Woman sculptures date from the late 1960s – a period in which Chadwick was experimenting with different finishes to see what effects they would have on his work. In this case, both sculptures include highly polished finishes in some areas, giving the iconic figures of man and woman a warm, golden sheen. With this new technique, Chadwick was able to add a novel dimension of colour and texture to his work.