My earliest training was at Leeds College of Fine Art (1945-48) and the basic discipline of art training was life and particularly antiques drawing. My knowledge of sculpture was exhilarated by visits to the British Museum and actually handling very early Cycladic terracotta figures, simple and direct. It was an inspiring experience I could never forget.
I continued my studies in the British Museum while at the Royal College of Art (1949-51), where I became interested in European contemporary work in sculpture and painting, in addition to the emerging English metal sculpture.
Graduating from the Royal College in 1951, I started experimenting in linear drawing using steel and iron and moving freely between figurative and non-figurative. Figures enclosed within structures or emerging from assemblances, reflect the human predicament both playful and threatening.
I did not set up abstract sculpture in opposition to figurative. A piece of sculpture should be both. Figurative to the extent that it is a represenation of space. The spaces between and around objects and settings are almost as rich as the objects themselves.
Later in my career I became attracted to volume and mass using geometry and colour in welded structures in aluminium and stainless steel.
1925 Born Skipton, North Yorkshire
1940-1942 Keighley Art School-awarded County Art Scholarship
1943 Conscripted for mines
1945-1948 Leeds College of Art
1948-1951 Royal College of Art, Sculpture School
1951-1965 Visiting Lecturer at Bromley, Hammersmith and Central Schools of Art
1965-1970 Senior Lecturer, University of Sunderland
1970-1989 Principal Lecturer, Head of Sculpture Dept. University of Stafford
1951 Associate, Royal Society of British Sculptors
1978-1981 Panel Member, Council for National Academic Awards