Barbara Hepworth sculpture

A simple blog post to share pictures of Barbara Hepworth’s sculpture, some were taken at the major centenary exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture park in 2003, others were taken last week at the new Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield.

My favourite of all is “pelagos

This is the all new Hepworth Gallery on the banks of the Calder river in Wakefield.

Inside the big windows give lovely light and great views.

The rooms with most of my favourite sculptures in had no photography allowed but some rooms did allow photography.

More from the 2003 exhibition

I find Hepworth’s pierced forms particularly satisfying, from every angle they work with multiple intersecting lines all of which are sweet. Ten years ago I went through a phase of carving pierced forms inspired by her work and making them gives you a better understanding of them. It’s interesting that whilst she clearly understood stone well she did not understand wood. She had spent time with quarrymen at the carera marble quarries to get her understanding of stone but at the time she was working the knowledge of how to work large pieces of timber working with the natural strengths and weaknesses had pretty well died out in the UK. This meant she continually blamed the timber saying she could not get the right size pieces in the right state and was frustrated by splits appearing at places that disrupted the sculpture. Had she carved Pelagos with grain aligned 90 degrees to the line she chose she would not have had to worry about filling cracks. Her eye for form however was great.

I was rather taken by this little sculpture. The entrance to the new Hepworth gallery is via a walkway across the river. It overlooks a fine boat repair yard and the folk there have put this sculpture together from old buoys and the crane dangles it by the footway.

2 Responses to Barbara Hepworth sculpture

  1. Gorges Smythe November 7, 2011 at 12:17 am #

    You know the old cliche, "I don't know much about art, BUT…"

  2. jacob November 15, 2011 at 1:26 pm #

    Barbara's very fine "Rosewall" is on public view locally in Chesterfield – just in case you didn't already know! Worth a visit – fit it in with market day for cheap fruit n veg.