Ralph Brown RAAnd the Figure in the Fifties and Sixties 14 Sep - 22 Oct 2016Deeply influenced by his time studying in Paris in the early 1950's Ralph Brown & The Figure in the Fifties and Sixties casts a new light on Brown's powerful approach to the figure, re-examining it within the context of Modern British and European figurative sculpture including works by Marino Marini, Germaine Richier and Henry Moore.
Working in the studio of Ossip Zadkine, Brown became fully immersed in Paris' thriving sculpture scene, meeting many artists including Alberto Giacometti who was installing his first show at Galerie Maeght. The seminal moment during this period was seeing Germaine Richier’s L’Orage (Storm Man), 1947-8 which Brown documents in his notebooks from the time and in later written recollections saying: “At Musee D’Art Modernes I saw Richier’s ‘L’Orage’ which quite bowled me over, astounded me”. Later Brown met Richier in person and wished that he had worked for her rather than for Zadkine. Ralph Brown’s experience in Paris was profoundly important, influencing his entire career and his approach to the figure.
Ralph Brown RAA Memorial Exhibition 28 Feb - 29 Mar 2014Renowned sculptor and Royal Academician Ralph Brown passed away in April 2013 at the age of 85. In a career that lasted over 60 years, Brown stood out as a...
Ralph Brown at EightyThe Early Decades Revisited 18 Mar - 3 May 2009A major show of the early work of celebrated sculptor Ralph Brown. Born in Leeds in 1928, Brown was the younger contemporary of the eminent group of Yorkshire sculptors that include Kenneth Armitage, Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore. Like Moore, who befriended him and encouraged him by buying his work, Brown's art is deeply rooted in the figurative tradition. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, when abstraction prevailed in British sculpture, Brown remained faithful to the human figure and he has long stood out among his contemporaries as a master of human anatomy.