56 Group Wales:The Founders

Hubert Dalwood (1924 - 1976)


Trevor Bates

Hubert Dalwood was born in Bristol on 2 June 1924. After serving an apprenticeship with the Bristol Aviation Company he joined the Royal Navy as an engineer before attending Bath Academy of Art (1946-49) where he studied sculpture under Kenneth Armitage. During this period he spent several summers in the artists' colony of St Ives, Cornwall, where he worked as an assistant to the sculptor Barbara Hepworth.

Dalwood's membership of the 56 Group coincided with his departure as a figurative sculptor, adopting more abstract imagery, gradually shedding any resemblance to the human form.

In 1966 he was appointed head of sculpture at Hornsey College of Art and the following year became visiting Professor of Sculpture at the University of Wisconsin. During the late 1960s and early 1970s commissions at home and abroad from architects and public bodies enabled him to work on large scale sculptures. He was appointed an Associate of the Royal Academy (ARA) in 1976 but sadly died soon after at the age of fifty two.

The works of Hubert Dalwood, ARA, can be found in the following collections:-

Allbright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, USA; Arts Council of Great Britain; British Council; Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh; Contemporary Art Society for Wales; Ferens Art Gallery, Hull; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; University of Leeds; University of Liverpool; Tate, London; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Wakefield City Art Gallery; other public and private collections.