Couple on a Seat - Lynn Chadwick (1984)


Visitors to Cabot Square frequently pose for pictures in the laps of an austere, angular couple but chances they are unaware of the significance of the artist who created the sculpture.

A contemporary of Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore, Lynn Chadwick's human figurative depiction in bronze is characteristic of his work.

Trained as a draughtsman, he turned to sculpture after the second world war.

As famed for his flamboyant personal life as his modernist abstract sculpture, he was internationally revered and became a household name.

He rocked the art world early in his career, beating Alberto Giocametti to the International Prize for Sculpture at the Venice Biennale in 1956.

Fashions changed and the dominance of Pop Art resulted in a brief decline in popularity during the mid-’60s.

Supported by a staunch international audience, London born Chadwick continued to produce critically acclaimed work until his death in 2003.

In later years he devoted much of time to the creation of a sculpture garden in the grounds of his home in Stroud, Glouchestershire.