Diamond

1984
Bronze
396 x 122 x 213 cm

In the seventies Chadwick began to develop his style from angular and abstract constructions into smooth and more obviously figurative forms. He began using geometric shapes as emblems for limbs and heads in order to standardise his figures. Diamond is a perfect example of this evolution into figuration. There is a satisfaction in understanding the progression of Lynn Chadwick’s work from his early mobiles, which can be understood as explorations into space and volume, to the Conjunction works of the sixties, which combined mass in sculptural form, to the more refined and smooth Cubist forms of his works in the eighties, such as Diamond. This work exposes the visual code which Chadwick developed; the diamond or pyramid referring to the female and the rectangular to the male. Although Cubist and geometric, Diamond is not cold or without movement. The masterful lean, which Chadwick accomplished in Diamond, provides a soft edge ensuring that the works ‘attitude’ is not lost. Chadwick believed this attitude was imperative to the success of a sculpture and Diamond certainly achieves this through an endearing interaction of two figures.

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About The Artist

Lynn Chadwick was primarily know for his works in metal, which were often inspired by the human form, animals and nature and at times veered towards abstraction. Chadwick’s sculptural approach was closer to techniques found in construction rather than modelling. Chadwick first made a linear armature or skeleton onto which he applied a skin, building up the surface to a solid form. Like many young sculptors in the 1950s, such as Anthony Caro, Lynn Chadwick departed from typical sculptural materials such as marble, wood or stone, in order to embrace industrial materials such as steel and cast iron. By the seventies, Chadwick’s style had developed a new formal, Cubist, symbolism using geometric forms as motifs for the head of a figure, with the diamond or pyramid referring to the female and the rectangular to the male. In Ace of Diamonds III, which took residence at Cass Sculpture Foundation, the pairing of both diamond and rectangle could refer to the interaction of male and female, both moving with controlled elegance and accord. His later works have a smoother, more refined surface with geometry replacing organic shapes. Chadwick created a permanent exhibition of his work at his Gloucestershire home, close to Pangolin Editions, the foundry that cast most of his work.

‘Diamond’ is currently on display

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Lynn Chadwick

Born: 1914

Other Artworks by Lynn Chadwick at CASS

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Ace of Diamonds III

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Ace of Diamonds V

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