Austin Wright (British, 1911-1997) Resurrection Figures Two figures, 1960 22.3 x 22 x 11 cm and 16.3 x 28 x 9cm respectively

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Lot 638AR
Austin Wright
(British, 1911-1997)
Resurrection Figures Two figures, 1960 22.3 x 22 x 11 cm and 16.3 x 28 x 9cm respectively

Sold for £ 5,500 (US$ 6,875) inc. premium

Fine Art & Interiors

21 Nov 2013, 11:00 GMT

Chester

Austin Wright (British, 1911-1997)
Resurrection Figures
Two figures, 1960
both numbered 2 on base aluminium
22.3 x 22 x 11 cm and 16.3 x 28 x 9cm respectively

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Private Collection.

    Exhibited: 9 figures in lead at Wakefield City Art Gallery, Austin Wright, Retrospective, 1960.

    Literature: Hamilton (James), The Sculpture of Austin Wright, (The Henry Moore Foundation in association with Lund Humphries, London, 1994), pg. 93, plate S152, figures f and h. The original figures were cast in lead with some figures editioned in bronze. Wright first began to use aluminium in 1950, it was a medium he was particularly attracted to perhaps enhanced by his partial colour blindness and one that worked extremely well with both his large and small sculptures.

    Austin Wright was born in Chester, grew up in Cardiff and moved to Yorkshire in 1937. He studied Modern Languages at Oxford University before becoming interested in Modern Art. He was the Gregory Fellow in Sculpture at the University of Leeds (1961-1964) and a major retrospective of his work was held at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in 1981 and at York City Art Gallery in 1994. His work can be found in many public collections and public commissions include the Christmas Crib at Wakefield Cathedral and a wall relief for the University of Northumbria.
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