Howling Beast I, 1990
Welded stainless steel
183 x 183 x 244 cm
Edition of 6
Photo Credit: Peter Mallet
Courtesy of Blain|Southern
In 1956, Lynn Chadwick won the coveted International Sculpture Prize at the Venice Biennale and, in doing so, became the youngest recipient of the award and beat the favourite, Alberto Giacometti.
Eschewing the more traditional approach of sculpting in marble, wood or bronze, in 1989-90, Chadwick produced a series of ‘beasts’ constructed from triangular steel plates welded around an armature of steel rods. With their strained necks, arched backs and howling mouths, Chadwick had created animated creatures that were alert and primal. Four of these monumental, angular, metal beasts were juxtaposed against the classical Royal Academy architecture when installed in the Annenberg Courtyard in April 2014.
Hedge, issue 34, April 2015, pp67-76