Internationally renowned British sculptor Lynn Chadwick, CBE (1914 – 2003) used BOC welding gases to create his highly acclaimed metal sculptures and mobiles. This summer, to mark his centenary, Chadwick’s 1950s working studio will be recreated at Stroud Museum in Gloucestershire as part of a unique exhibition.
BOC, the UK & Ireland’s largest supplier of industrial gases and related equipment, and a member of The Linde Group, has lent vintage welding equipment to Gallery Pangolin, curators of the studio exhibition.
Chadwick had learned to weld and to master many new techniques to find architectural or engineering solutions to the construction of his mobiles and sculptures. The sculptor’s work spans five decades and many of his spectacular large scale pieces clearly show how he combined his artistic talent with his mastery of welding technology.
Chadwick’s sculptures and drawings are in many of the great museums of the world. In 1964 he was appointed Commander, Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the New Year Honours List.
Photo caption: Lynn Chadwick Lion I 1990 Image Courtesy of the Artist and Blain|Southern
Welded stainless steel, Photographer: Peter Mallet, 2014
© Lynn Chadwick
Nathan Palmer, Director of bulk and packaged gases at BOC, says: “We are extremely pleased to support Lynn Chadwick’s centenary celebration events. BOC is very proud that this important British sculptor was a long term customer of our gases and we hope that BOC’s vintage collection of 1950s welding equipment will lend authenticity to the studio reconstruction.”
The exhibition is entitled Lynn Chadwick - the Maker’s Studio and is open Tuesday to Sunday, 14 June – 13 July 2014 at the Museum in the Park, Stratford Park, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 4AF. Admission is free. http://www.museuminthepark.org.uk/
The Stroud exhibition joins major retrospectives of Chadwick’s work being shown in London, New York and Munich over the coming months.
The Blain|Southern Gallery, is exhibiting a Lynn Chadwick Retrospectives until 28 June 2014, 4 Hanover Square London W1S 1BP, Admission is free. http://www.blainsouthern.com/exhibitions/2014/retrospectives-london
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