Large Siren by William Turnbull

Large Siren is a major work from a group of bronzes executed in the 1980s.

Details

Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
185 x 82 x 25 cm
Art Fund grant:
£7,000 ( Total: £27,945)
Acquired in:
1991
Vendor:
Waddington Galleries

It encompasses central themes in Turnbull's oeuvre, in particular his interest in the formal and evocative content of primitive art. Whereas the figures Turnbull made in the 1950s emphasised primitive strength and an almost crude surface texture, his more recent pieces have a smooth elegance and crisp outline whilst continuing the exploration of the theme of the goddess and the forms of archaic sculpture. Large Siren forms an important addition to the Hunterian's collection of contemporary work, which includes works by Paolozzi and Caro. This acquisition has a particular significance as the work of an internationally recognised Scottish artist.

Provenance

Waddington Galleries.

Venue details

Hunterian Art Gallery University of Glasgow, 82 Hillhead Street, GLASGOW Strathclyde G12 8QQ 0141 330 4221 www.glasgow.ac.uk/hunterian

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