William Turnbull 1922 - 2012

Provenance

Alistair McAlpine
Private Collection, UK

Exhibitions

New York, Marlborough-Gerson Gallery Inc., Turnbull, October 1963, cat no.22, illus b/w
London, Tate Gallery, William Turnbull Sculpture and Painting, 15 August - 7 October 1973, cat no.28, illus b/w p38
Wakefield, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, William Turnbull Retrospective 1946-2003, 14 May - 9 October 2005, cat no.11, illus colour p8, p9

Literature

Theo Crosby (ed.), Uppercase 4, Whitefriars, London, 1960, visible in photograph of artist's studio p2
Amanda A. Davidson, The Sculpture of William Turnbull, The Henry Moore Foundation, Much Hadham, in association with Lund Humphries, Aldershot, 2005, cat no.62, illus b/w p99

Description

In the mid-1950s Turnbull bought a number of rare rosewood logs and in subsequent years made a body of beautiful works that continue the theme of the totem-figure. The logs are barely modified instead they are cut and assembled in 'stacks' with other materials. These works took their titles from the protagonists of ancient history and classical mythology - here it is Hannibal, warrior and enemy of Rome. These pieces stand directly on the floor and most are human scale, so allowing a close physical relationship between sculpture and viewer.