The New Art Centre presents a small exhibition of Hubert ‘Nibs’ Dalwood’s work. Installed in the Gallery of Roche Court Sculpture Park, the show acts as a precursor to a much larger retrospective in 2024, to coincide with the centenary of Dalwood’s birth.
Beginning with Relief: Bergamo from 1958, an early period in Dalwood’s career that is marked by experimentation amongst the vibrant community of Leeds College of Art as a Gregory Fellow; the exhibition also includes Ark, shown at the 1962 Venice Biennale, where he represented Britain alongside Ceri Richards and Robert Adams. Much lauded for his public commissions, Untitled, 1974-5, a work for the University of Central England, Birmingham, is shown in the Gallery, that Dalwood explains: ‘led [me] to re-examine views on the relationship between natural and man-made objects… to give an ambiguity of scale’.
Dalwood was one of the first artists of his generation to recognise the beauty and possibilities of using aluminium as a material for sculpture. Its colour and malleability suited his often poetic imagery and interest in landscapes. With organic, repeating shapes combined with geometric patterns, these sculptures always occupy the liminal space between landscape and anthropomorphic; figuration and abstraction.
Courtesy of New Art Centre, Salisbury