George Fullard: 'Sculpture and Survival' exhibition and book Launch
Monday 7 November – Friday 16 December
George Fullard: 'Sculpture and Survival'
Exhibition and Book Launch
This major retrospective is the first solo exhibition of George Fullard’s work since 1998…
Sculpture and Survival brings together bronzes, assemblages and drawings from all periods of Fullard’s oeuvre, including many previously unseen pieces.
George Fullard (1923–1973) was born in Sheffield and studied at Sheffield College of Arts and Crafts. He went on to the Royal College of Art where he later became a lecturer. At the time of his death, he was Head of Chelsea School of Art.
During WWII, he served in the army and suffered severe injuries. Fullard’s work of the 1950s mainly focused on the human figure, particularly mothers with young children or babies, but he remained preoccupied with his wartime experiences. This is evident in his later drawings and assemblages which explore images and ideas from that traumatic period.
Jane Buck, Director of Pangolin Gallery, says: “Although George Fullard’s work received public and critical acclaim during the golden age of post-war British sculpture in the late 1950s and ’60s, it slipped into relative obscurity following his early death in 1974. The recent surge in interest in this period has seen a growing regard for Fullard’s work and our exhibition is a timely opportunity to re-assess and acknowledge this intriguing and underrated artist.”
To accompany the exhibition, Gallery Pangolin has commissioned a new monograph on Fullard by the author and art historian Michael Bird. This will be launched at the exhibition. Bird’s research into the Fullard archive, and interviews with people who knew him, inform a timely reappraisal of one of the most distinctive British artists of the 20th century.
In his Foreword to the new book, art critic Julian Spalding says of Fullard, “He was modern because he lived in modern times, not because he leapt onto a bandwagon. His art flowers within the radiance of Rodin, then Picasso, and then he created his own idiom, but all of these expressions are genuine and profound.”
Fullard’s work can be found in numerous private and Public collections, including the Arts Council and Tate, and several bronze sculptures are on permanent public display in Sheffield City Centre.
Gallery Pangolin is open Monday to Friday, from 10am–6pm, and on Saturday from 10am–1pm.
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