Robert Clatworthy 1928-2015
Robert Clatworthy was born in Somerset and studied at the West of England Academy, Chelsea School of Art and Slade School of Fine Art. In the early 1950s, he became assistant to Henry Moore; in the mid-1950s, his work was described by art critic David Sylvester CBE as ‘the best thing I have seen by any English sculptor younger than Henry Moore’. Clatworthy’s early works involved expressionistic portrayals of bulls and horses; later, he moved towards more figurative work.
A noteworthy teacher, Clatworthy was head of the fine art department at the Central School of Art and Design, London, from 1971 to 1975. He was represented by the Hanover Gallery throughout the 1950s and by Waddington Gallery throughout the 1960s.
One man shows include Austin Desmond Fine Art and Basil Jacobs, while notable group exhibitions include British Sculpture in the ‘60s at the Tate Gallery, London (1965), and, seven years later, British Sculptors ‘72 at the Royal Academy, London. Clatworthy was elected Royal Academician in 1973.
Tate, the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Arts Council of Great Britain hold his work. The first full-length study of Clatworthy's work and life was published by Sansom and Company in 2012.
Robert ClatworthyHorse and Rider1st cast from an edition of 8
circa 1957bronze51 x 57 cms (20 x 22½ ins)
Robert ClatworthyStanding Figure IIsigned with artist's initials on base
numbered 1 from edition of 8
conceived in 1963bronzeheight: 42 cms (16½ ins)
Robert ClatworthyWalking Figuresigned with artist's initials on base
numbered 1 from edition of 5
conceived and cast in 1963
bronzeheight: 74.5 cms (29¼ ins)
Robert ClatworthyCatsigned with artist's initials
number 3 from an edition of 8
conceived 1955 and cast circa 2000
bronze21.5 x 47 cms (8½ x 18½ ins)
Robert ClatworthyDog 11signed with artist's initials
numbered 3 from an edition of 8
conceived 1966bronze16.5 x 26 cms (6½ x 10 ins)
Robert ClatworthyBullsigned with initials on base
numbered 4 from an edition of 8bronze15 x 33 cms (6 x 13 ins)
ST IVES - MODERN BRITISH - CONTEMPORARY15 - 31 May 2019This exhibition will include a key Barbara Hepworth painting from 1961 and two Patrick Herons from the same era, along with works by Julian Trevelyan and John Tunnard all from Private Collections. The Nine British Art has always been well-regarded for sculpture and is delighted to have two recent Denis...