Horse & Rider, 1954
(British, Born 1928)
Initialled, numbered 1 of an edition of 9
Bronze, with mid brown patination
Edition 1 of 9
Height: 13 inches (33 cm)
Conceived and cast 1954
Clatworthy studied at the West of England College of Art (1945–1946), at Chelsea School of Art, London (1947–9) and at the Slade School of Fine Art, London (1950–1). He exhibited at the Hanover Gallery throughout the 1950s alongside Francis Bacon, Giacometti and Picasso. Horse & Rider dates from this period.
Moving his representation to the Waddington Gallery in the early 1960s Clatworthy went on to teach at the Royal College of Art, London from 1960–1972, and at the West of England College of Art from 1967–1971. He was Governor of St Martin’s School of Art from 1970 to 1971, and was Head of the Department of Fine Art at the Central School of Art & Design, London from 1971 to 1975.
Among his major public commissions are Bull commissioned by the GLC for Roehampton, London and Horseman & Eagle, originally commissioned for 1 Finsbury Avenue and currently situated at Charing Cross Hospital, London (pictured above). His work is held in many public and private collections both in the UK and overseas.
Clatworthy was elected Royal Academician in 1973. Public collections holding his work include the Tate Gallery, The Arts Council, The National Portrait Gallery and The Victoria & Albert Museum.
Clatworthy sculpts in wet plaster, in an expressionistic style requiring him to work extremely quickly. The resulting sculptures are full of life and energy. Horse & Rider evokes the otherworldly nature of Tolkein’s cloaked riders, the Ringwraiths, featured in Lord of the Rings, which was published in the same year that this work was created.