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Organic Geometry

Learn more about one of Britain's most revered and celebrated artists, as narrated by Lynn Chadwick's daughter, Sarah Marchant. 

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Lynn Chadwick was born in London in 1914. After taking his School Certificate at the Merchant Taylors' School, he stayed on to study drawing, watercolour and oil painting.  He was then sent to Vouvray to study French. From 1933 to 1939, he worked as an architectural draughtsman in London, subsequently spending some time as a farm labourer before volunteering for the Fleet Air Arm and gaining a commission (1941-44).


After the war, he worked producing textile, furniture and architectural designs. His first mobile sculpture, constructed from aluminum and balsa wood, was shown at a Building Trades Exhibition in 1947. He began to make sculpture and had the first of many solo exhibitions worldwide at Gimpel Fils in London in 1950. In 1953 he was one of the twelve semi-finalists in the “Unknown Political Prisoner” International Sculpture Competition, for which he was awarded an honourable mention and prize. By 1956 his reputation as a sculptor was confirmed internationally when he won the International Prize for Sculpture at the XXVIII Venice Biennale.  More prizes and accolades followed as his career developed, including being awarded a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in 1964.


During the 1950s he was prominent among the group of metal sculptors following in the steps of Henry Moore whose works, although largely abstract, carried suggestions of the human figure. Notable among Chadwick’s work at this time is The Watchers, a bronze cast from a reinforced plaster modeled upon a rigid framework.  In the 1960s his work became more block-like and monumental, designed to be seen in the open.


Chadwick’s approach to sculpture was constructive and additive, rather than subtractive modelling. He first made a linear armature or skeleton onto which he applied a skin, building up the surface to a solid form. Earlier works featured a textured finish, but his later pieces have a smoother, more refined surface, and geometry replaced more organic form.  His subject matter ranged from the human form, abstracted but readily recognised, to animals - general types rather than specific creatures.


Chadwick created a permanent exhibition of his work at his Gloucestershire home, Lypiatt Park, close to the foundry that cast most of his work, from monumental bronzes to miniatures in silver. During 1980s and 1990s, his work was the subject major exhibitions in Paris, London, New York and Tokyo.


He is represented in public collections in the USA, Europe and Australia as well as in the Tate Gallery, The Victoria and Albert Museum and the Arts Council Collection of Great Britain.


Lynn Chadwick passed away after a lengthy illness in 2003.




Lynn Chadwick: Prints and Maquettes

Gallery Pangolin, Gloucestershire (solo)



Beaux Arts, London (solo)

Osborne Samuel, London (solo)



Celebrating Chadwick,

The Museum in the Park,

Gloucestershire (solo)



Canary Wharf, Osborne Samuel Gallery,

London (solo)

Lynn Chadwick 1914 - 2003, Dexia, Luxembourg,

curated by Gallery Pangolin (solo)



Coming from the Dark, Gallery Pangolin, Gloucestershire (solo)

Tate Britain, Duveen Galleries, London (solo)



Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Palm Desert (solo)

Tasende Gallery, Los Angeles, California (solo)



Beaux Arts, London (solo)

JGM Galerie, Paris (solo)



Beaux Arts, London (solo)



Gimpel Fils and Berkeley Square Gallery,

London (solo)

Symbols for ’51, The Royal Festival Hall, London

Les Champs de la Sculpture, Paris



A Changing World of Sculpture 

British Council Collection, The State Museum,

St Petersburg, Russia

Beaux Arts, Bath (solo)



Galeria Freites, Caracas (solo)

The Economist Plaza, London (solo)



Gallery Universe, Tokyo (solo)

Galleria Blu, Milan (solo)

Galerie Marbeau, Paris (solo)



Marlborough Gallery, New York (solo)

The Museum of Modern Art, Toyama (solo)

Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield (solo)



Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Sofia Imber, Caracas (solo)



Marlborough Fine Art, London (solo)

Marlborough Gallery, New York (solo)



Galeria Freites, Caracas (solo)

Modern British Sculpture from the Collection, Tate Gallery, Liverpool



Erika Meyerovich Gallery, San Francisco (solo)



British Embassy, sponsored by Christie’s Contemporary Art (solo)

Beaux Arts, Bath (solo)

Galleria Blu, Milan (solo)



Marlborough Gallery, New York (solo)

Recalling the Fifties: British Painting and Sculpture 1950-60, Serpentine Gallery, London



Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London

Marlborough Fine Art, London (solo)



Mercury Gallery, Edinburgh (solo)



Christie’s Contemporary Art, New York

(with Victor Pasmore)



British Sculpture in the Twentieth Century, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London



Galerie Regards, Paris (solo)



Keys Gallery, Londonderry (solo)



Marlborough Fine Art, London (solo)



A Silver Jubilee,

Exhibition of Contemporary British Sculpture, Battersea Park, London

Carved, Modelled, Constructed: Three aspects of British 20th century sculpture, Tate Gallery, London



Arte Contacto Galeria de Arte, Caracas (in collaboration with Marlborough Gallery,

New York) (solo)

Sculpture in Holland Park, London



Marlborough Fine Art, London (solo)

Jiyugaoka Gallery, Tokyo (solo)



Galleria Blu, Milan (solo)



Galeria Wspólczesna, Warsaw (solo)

IVème Exposition Internationale de Sculpture Contemporaine, Musée Rodin, Paris



Galerie Withofs, Brussels (solo)



Galleria Blu, Milan (solo)



Marlborough New London Gallery (solo)

Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo



British Sculpture in the Sixties, Tate Gallery, London

Sculptures from Albert A. List Family Collection, New York Art Center



Contemporary British Sculpture (Arts Council open-air touring exhibition)

Exhibition of Venice Biennale Prizewinners

since 1948, Galeria d’Arte Moderne, Venice



Sculpture in the Open Air (London County Council exhibition), Battersea Park, London

Galleria Blu, Milan (with Kenneth Armitage)



Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura, Japan

(with Kenneth Armitage)

British Art Today, San Francisco Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Contemporary Arts,

Santa Barbara Museum of Art



2ème Exposition Internationale de Sculpture Contemporaine, Musée Rodin, Paris

Peter Lanyon, William Scott, Lynn Chadwick, Merlyn Evans, VI Biennale de São Paulo,

Museo de Arte Moderna (solo)

Marlborough Fine Art, London (solo)



Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hanover

(with Kenneth Armitage)



John Moores Liverpool Exhibition 2,

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool



50 Ans d’Art Moderne,

Palais International des Beaux-Arts, Brussels

Galerie Daniel Cordier, Paris (solo)



Saidenberg Gallery, New York (solo)

Contemporary Art – Acquisitions 1954-1957, Albright Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Sculpture 1850 and 1950, Holland Park, London



The Seasons, Tate Gallery, London

Exposition Internationale de Sculpture Contemporaine, Musée Rodin, Paris

XXVIII Biennale, Venice (with Ivon Hitchens)



Young British Sculptors

(touring exhibition by the Arts Club of Chicago)

54th London Group, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London



Sculpture in the Open Air, Holland Park, London



The Unknown Political Prisoner

(sponsored by the Institute for Contemporary Arts), Tate Gallery, London

IXème Salon de Mai, Palais de New York, Paris

2ème Biennale de la Sculpture,

Middelheim Park, Antwerp



New Aspects of British Sculpture,

XXXVI Biennale, Venice

Gimpel Fils, London (solo)



Festival of Britain, South Bank, London



Gimpel Fils, London (solo)




Yorkshire Sculpture Park,

Wakefield, UK


Yale Center for British Art,

New Haven, CT


Art Institute of Chicago,

Chicago, IL


Museum of Modern Art,

New York, NY


Nelson A. Rockefeller Collection,

New York


Carnegie Institute,

Pittsburgh, PA


Columbus Museum of Art,

Columbus, OH


Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.


Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Sofia Imber,

Caracas, Venezuela


Modern Museet,

Stockholm, Sweden


City Museums and Gallery,

Birmingham, UK


National Museum of Wales,

Cardiff, UK


City of Bristol Museum and Art Gallery,

Bristol, UK


Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art,

Edinburgh, UK


Arts Council of Great Britain,

London, UK


Contemporary Art Society,

London, UK


British Council,

London, UK


Tate Gallery,

London, UK


Whitworth Art Gallery,

University of Manchester, UK


Peggy Guggenheim Collection,

Venice, Italy


National Gallery of Jamaica,

Kingston, Jamaica


Hakone Open-Air Museum,

Hakone, Japan


Museo Rufino Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo Internacional,



Collection of the Principality of Monaco,

Monte Carlo


Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller,

Otterlo, The Netherlands



Oslo, Norway


Instituto de Artes Contemporaneas,

Lima, Peru


The Berardo Collection,

Lisbon, Portugal


South African National Gallery,

Cape Town, South Africa


Musée National d’Art Moderne,

Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France


Musée Rodin,

Paris, France


Irish Museum of Modern Art,

Dublin, Ireland


Israel Museum,

Jerusalem, Israel


Tel Aviv Museum,

Tel Aviv, Israel


Jerusalem Foundation,

Jerusalem, Israel


Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Italy


City of Spoleto,



Galeria Civica d’Arte Moderna,

Spoleto, Italy


Museo d’Arte Moderna,

Venice, Italy


National Gallery,

Hamilton, Bermuda


Art Gallery of Hamilton,

Ontario, Canada


Art Gallery of Ontario,

Toronto, Canada


Montreal Museum of Fine Arts,

Montreal, Canada


Nordjyllands Kuntsmuseum,

Aalborg, Denmark


Marie-Louise and Gunnar Didrichsen Art Museum, Helsinki


Art Gallery of South Australia,

Adelaide, Australia


Western Australian Art,

Perth, Australia


Art Gallery NSW,



Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique,

Brussels, Belgium

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