Frank Dobson

Frank Dobson Sculptor and painter-decorator, born in London on 18 November 1886.

The son of an illustrator, he began painting with his father until the age of eighteen, when he worked in the studio of Sir William Reynolds Stevens.

Initially a painter, he made his first woodcarving in 1913 and held his first exhibition of paintings and sculptures in 1914.

In 1920 he met Wyndham Lewis and exhibited with Group X.

From 1921 onwards, he devoted himself almost exclusively to sculpture.

In 1922 he became a member of the London Group and was its president from 1923 to 1927.

A member of the Royal Academy since 1942, he taught sculpture at the Royal College of Art from 1946 to 1953.

He participated in the Venice Biennale in 1932.

His sculptural work is characterised by highly stylised forms and was influenced by Maillol.

His daughter’s head and The Truth are in the Tate Gallery.

He died in London on 22 July 1963.

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