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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






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