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Ralph Brown RA

Fellowship: August 1958 – January 1971 Digswell House

Artform: Sculpture

 

Whilst Ralph Brown had his fellowship with Digswell he created the figures for the fountain that stands within Hatfield town centre which at that time been purchased by the Development Corporation.

 

Ralph has been a prolific maker of sculpture since his time at Digswell, the following biography outlines his extensive experience and dedication to his work.

 

His figures are exquisite and have a beautiful encapsulating quality to them.

 

Ralph has two books regarding his work. One earlier pieces titled Ralph Brown ‘Sculpture & Drawings the second, Ralph Brown Sculpture 1970-2000

 

 

 

Biography

 

1928 Born in Leeds, Yorkshire

 

1946-48 Service in the RAF

 

1948-51 Leeds school of Art

 

1951-52 Hammersmith school of Art

 

1952-56 Royal College of Art, Sculpture school

 

1951 First visit to Paris, saw work by Rodin and Germaine Richier and met Giacometti

 

1953 First public exhibition in London at ‘ Young Contemporaries’ and Gimpels Fils

 

1954 Studied at L’Academie de la Grande Chaumiere, Paris

 

1955 Bronze Mother and Child purchased by Henry Moore RCA scholarship to Greece

 

1956 RCA thesis on Rodin and Medardo Rosso published

 

1956-58 Taught at Bournemouth College of Art

 

1957 Boise Scholarship to Italy. Worked in Cannes making mosaics for Picasso. Visited Marino Marini, Giacomo Manzu and Emilio Greco

 

1958-69 Part-time tutor at RCA

 

1961 First one-man exhibition at the Leicester Galleries, London

 

1963 Moved to Cotswolds, Gloucestershire

 

1963-73 Part-time lecturer at RCA, west of England College of Art and several Provincial art schools

 

1968 Elected Royal Academician

 

1972 Professor of Sculpture at Salzburg Festival Summer Academy

 

1973 Gave up teaching and went to live and work in southern France

 

1975 Returned to the Cotswolds where he now lives and works in Chalford

 

 

 

In 1988 Ralph held a major retrospective exhibition at the Henry Moore Centre, Leeds City Art Gallery and also the Mead Gallery, University of Warwick Arts Centre.

 

Sculptures on public sites:

 

Harlow New Town, Essex: Market Square and Ladyshott Common Room

 

Commonwealth Institute, London

 

Kodak House, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire

 

Newnham College, Cambridge

 

Jersey Zoo

 

Sculpture at Goodwood, West Sussex

 

 


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