The Sculpture of F.E. McWilliam

ISBN: 9781848220492
Artist(s): F E McWilliam
Author(s): Denise Ferran and Valerie Holman
Format: hardback
Year published: July 2012
Publisher: Lund Humphries
Total Pages: 192
Illustrations: Includes 8 colour and 354 b&w illustrations


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A highly respected sculptor, F.E. McWilliam (1909-1992) was described by Bryan Robertson in 1992 as ‘one of the truest artists to work in England this century’. Yet despite achieving great acclaim in his lifetime, McWilliam’s contribution to modern art has been unduly neglected in recent years. This book, the first to include a comprehensive catalogue of the artist’s sculpture, re-establishes McWilliam’s considerable artistic reputation.

F.E. McWilliam defied categorisation: his long and productive career resulted in a body of work which was impressively varied. His move away from Surrealism and a form of biomorphic abstraction which placed him within a particular artistic milieu, enabled him to explore specific materials and themes with freedom. While he remained continuously inventive, at the heart of his work lies a feeling for the human figure, not just as an object of perception but as a vehicle of sensation. His sculpture conveys precisely how certain movement or emotion is experienced and it is characterised by a sense of contained energy, of imminent movement, or of rest that is only temporary and short-lived.

The dynamism of McWilliam’s sculpture is captured in this important publication both through the expert text and the stunning imagery. An essential purchase for all those interested in twentieth-century British art, The Sculpture of F.E. McWilliam will stand as the definitive study of this significant artist for many years to come.


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