Chadwick, Lynn (1914-2003)

Lynn Chadwick (1914 – 2003) trained at the Merchant Taylor School of Architecture and became a prominent British sculptor and printmaker, winning the Great International Prize for Sculpture at the 28th Venice Bienale. Discouraged from becoming a sculptor due to the economic situation, Chadwick turned to architecture but preferred to work as a draughtsman for architectural firms. After the war, he won a textile design prize in a competition judged by Henry Moore and Graham Sutherland. This led to a contract for design with Linda Ascher which enabled him to move to Gloucestershire and set up as a free lance designer. Designing models, primarily as an architectural project, led Chadwick back towards his original vocation: sculpture. Unique in that his tendency is to progress from an abstract form which he then invests with life, rather than vice-versa, Chadwick is perhaps better known as a sculptor. However his prints - mainly colour lithographs - are highly valued in their own right and show great technical skill.

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