Goldmark Gallery is delighted to host a major exhibition of sculpture and drawings by Frank Dobson, opening Saturday 25th June 2016 and running until 24th July. A selection of the work in the show is now available online here.

Frank Dobson (1886-1963) was one of the most important British artists and sculptors of the 20th century. Throughout the 1920s and the early 1930s he built a reputation as an outstanding sculptor and was an important member of the British avant-garde.

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Frank-Dobson-Bust-and-Squatting-Figure(above) ‘Reclining Nude Figure’ (bronze); (below) ‘Rhoda’ (left, bronze) and ‘Squatting Female Figure with Pitcher’ (bronze, right)

Along with Jacob Epstein and Henri Gaudier-Brzeska he represented to Britain and the world what was best and most advanced in Modern British sculpture, his work (like his contemporaries’) drawing influence from traditional Asian and African sculpture as much as the classical narratives of Rodin and the statues of Renaissance Rome and Ancient Greece.

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Frank-Dobson-Nude-Figures-With-Towels(above) ‘Study for London Pride’ (terracotta); (below) ‘Woman with Towel’ (left and right)

Though his work is only now beginning to receive due critical attention, his output was widely acclaimed during his time. In 1925 Roger Fry described his work as true sculpture and pure sculpture… almost the first time that such a thing has been even attempted in England, while to critic Raymond Mortimer he represented …probably the best sculptor [this country] has produced for about six hundred years…

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Frank-Dobson-Noni-Plaster-Bust(above) ‘Woman with Bowl’ (left, chalk drawing) and ‘Two Figures’; (below) ‘Noni’ (plaster)

From 1946 to 1953 Dobson was Professor of Sculpture at the Royal College of Art. He was elected to the Royal Academy in 1953. With the rise of a younger generation of sculptors led by Henry Moore, Dobson’s reputation as an artist was eclipsed and his work came to be seen for a while as outmoded. However, in recent years attention has once again been focused on his substantial achievement, and his originality is now being properly assessed and recognised. He has re-emerged as one of the most important British sculptors of the 20th century.

Frank-Dobson-Reclining-Nude-Figure(above) ‘Reclining Nude Figure’ (terracotta)

Writing on the legacy Dobson left behind him, the artist Duncan Grant eulogised Dobson’s extraordinary body of work: Frank Dobson, whom I knew and admired was a sculptor of immense integrity and vision, with a feeling for the female form that seemed to wrest it out of the earth and make its very earthiness not only monumental but sublime. I would call him a great sculptor; certainly one of England’s greatest.

The exhibition in Uppingham opens on the 25th June 2016 and will run until 24th July. Works are now being added daily to our website, and can be purchased online by clicking here, by phoning us at +44 (0) 1572 821 424, or by emailing us at info@goldmarkart.com.

View wrok from our Frank Dobson exhibition here >