ROBIN HOLLIDAY ARTIST SCULPTOR
(November l932 - April 2014)
CONTEMPORARY BRONZE SCULPTURE Soho Galleries & ArtPark Exhibitions
Robin's interest in sculpture dates back to the l960s and l970s when he
attended classes at an Art School in Hertford, Herts, UK, and also at the
Camden Art Centre, Finchley, London. Two of his instructors were the
established sculptors Mark Harvey and Jesse Watkins, and three others
had worked as assistants to Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Eduardo
Paolozzi. He have worked with stone, wood, clay and plaster.Robin also obtained
instruction in art metalwork, and have experimented with mixed media.
Robin's work was mainly abstract, but sometimes bridged the gap between
representational forms and abstract ones. This is in part due to the
influence of organic shapes on his sculpture. A technique of working
mainly in plaster, built up on wire armatures and a combination of
adding plaster and carving or wearing it down he achievde the final form.
This was then finished with a bronze patina, or caste in bronze. In Sydney
one of his abstract pieces, known as "Diad", had been caste in bronze
at Alan Crawford's foundry.
Robin had been influenced strongly by the established British school of
abstract sculpture, particularly Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth,
but also Lynn Chadwick and Reg Butler. His interest in organic forms
can be related to the paintings, drawings and prints of Graham Sutherland.
As well as a part-time sculptor, Robin was an author, and earned More...
his living until retirement in l997 as a scientist, specialising in genetics
and cell biology.