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
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 LAcademie 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
Sculpture at Goodwood, West Sussex