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Seated Queen
Seated Queen

RALPH BROWN RA (1928-2013)

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1962 to 1963 England

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Ralph Brown was born in Leeds in 1928. He attended Leeds School of Art (1948-51) & Hammersmith School of Art (1951-52) then studied sculpture at the Royal College of Art (1952-56) with Dobson and Skeaping.
On his first visit to Paris in 1951 Brown saw the work of Rodin, Giacometti & Germaine Richier. In 1954, he made a special study of Rodin whilst in Paris on a scholarship to work in the studio of Ossip Zadkine. During the same visit he met Giacometti & Richier. In 1956 he published a thesis, ‘Some Digressions on Rodin & Medardo Rosso’.
A further scholarship, awarded by the University of London (1957) & sponsored by Henry Moore, enabled him to visit Italy where he made a particular study of Etruscan sculpture and the work of Giovanni Pisano & Piero della Francesca. Brown visited the studios of Marino Marini, Giacomo Manzù & Emilio Greco. He also worked for a period in Cannes making mosaic panels for Picasso. Elected Royal Academician in 1972.
Taught part-time at the Royal College (1956–1973) when, in order to concentrate on his own work, he moved to the South of France. Here the contact with art of the figurative tradition in Europe influenced his sculpture profoundly.

Robust modeling, savage imagery or gently erotic forms are to be found in his work, for which the human clay is an abiding inspiration. Drawing is important to him as both a rapid response to human form and in highly finished compositions.
As a result of exhibitions in Britain, Europe and America Brown's work may be found in many public & private collections here & abroad. In 1988 he was the subject of a major retrospective at the Leeds City Art Gallery. Currently lives & works near Stroud, Gloucestershire.

Cast in the 1960's, with the foundry stamp of 'East Kennet Foundry', and purchased in 1986 from a Private Collector. Another of the early castings is held by Bristol City Art Gallery.
Public Collections:
Aberdeen Art Gallery, Scotland
Albright-Knox Collection, Buffalo, USA
Arts Council of Great Britain
Bristol Art Gallery
Chantrey Bequest
Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Halifax Art Gallery, Yorkshire
Huddersfield Art Gallery
Leeds City Art Gallery
National Museum of Wales, Cardiff
Norfolk Contemporary Art Society
Rijksmuseum Kroller-Muller, Netherlands
Royal Academy of Arts, London
Royal College of Art, London
Salzburg State Museum, Austria
Southport Art Gallery
Stuyvesant Foundation, South Africa
Tate Gallery, London

Sculptures on public sites include:

Harlow New Town: Market Square & Ladyshott Common Room,
Commonwealth Institute, London
Kodak House, Hemel Hempstead
Newnham College, Cambridge
Jersey Zoo Sculpture at Goodwood, West Sussx
Bibl Dictionary of British Artists 1880-1940
Bibl Dictionnaire des peintres, sculpteurs, dessinateurs et graveurs by E. Benezit
Height 48.50 cm (19.09 inches)
Stock Code
edition of 9 (1962-3) with foundary stamp (East Kennet)
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