London Group 1
Group Leader Wendy White writes:
"Over the 10 years of our existence, this group along with London group 6 & TOWIE, all of whom meet at my house, have, at my request, put their tea money in charity boxes which I provide. A staggering amount has been sent to R.N.L.I. ( Southend) of £664.82, Diabetes U.K. £356.06 & this year I added Mencap ( Southend) £42.85. This makes a grand total of £1063.73. Well done everyone, thank you so much for your generosity."
At our August Meeting we looked at Sculptors/Painters.
Yinka Shonibare is a British-Nigerian artist. A hallmark of his art is the brightly coloured Dutch wax fabric he uses. Shonibare's Nelson's Ship in a Bottle, commemorating the Battle of Trafalgar, was the first commission on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. It is now permanently on display at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.
Richard Westmacott - There were 3 Richard Westmacotts and they were all Sculptors but probably the middle one was more famous. Among his works are the reliefs for the north side of Marble Arch, the sculpture figures on the pediment of the British Museum, and the Waterloo Vase now in Buckingham Palace Gardens.
Henry Spencer Moore - is best known for his semi-abstract monumental bronze sculptures which are located around the world as public works of art. As well as sculpture, Moore produced many drawings. Today, the Henry Moore Foundation manages the artist's former home at Perry Green in Hertfordshire.
Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins – was an English sculptor and natural history artist best known for his work on life size models of dinosaurs in Crystal Palace Park.
Sir Alfred Gilbert - was an English sculptor and goldsmith who enthusiastically experimented with metallurgical innovations. One of his most famous works is the statue at the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain, commonly known as the statue of Eros, in Piccadilly Circus.
Anish Mikhail Kapoor – The Greater London Authority selected Kapoor's sculpture from a shortlist of five artists as the permanent artwork for the Olympic Park. At 115 metres tall, the Orbit is the tallest sculpture in the UK.
Jacob Epstein was an American-British sculptor who helped pioneer modern sculpture. He was born in the United States, and moved to Europe in 1902, becoming a British subject in 1911. Best known for his 1928–29 Night and Day Portland Stone – 55 Broadway, St. James', London, headquarters of the London transport.
Anthony Gormley - Almost all Gormley’s work takes the human body as its subject, with his own body used in many works as the basis for metal casts. The Quantum Cloud is a contemporary sculpture, designed by Antony Gormley, located next to the Millennium Dome in London. His most famous works are The Angel of The North and Another Place at Crosby Beach.
Sir Edwin Henry Landseer was an English painter and sculptor, best known for his paintings of animals – particularly horses, dogs, and stags. However, his best known works are the lion sculptures in Trafalgar Square surrounding Nelson’s Column.
Conrad Shawcross - British artist specialising in mechanical sculptures based on philosophical and scientific ideas and is the youngest living member of the Royal Academy of Arts. He created the installation at the Royal Academy, The Dappled Light of the Sun, in 2015.
Charles Sergeant Jagger was a British sculptor who, following active service in the First World War, sculpted many works on the theme of war. He is best known for his war memorials, especially the Royal Artillery Memorial at Hyde Park Corner and the Great Western Railway War Memorial in Paddington Railway Station.