Segments in this Video

Retrospective Show (03:15)


Yorkshire Sculpture Park installs the entirety of William Turnbull's work for an exhibition. Works include "Aphrodite," "Mask," and "Mobile Stabile." The artist discusses his childhood and early career before moving to Paris.

Paris (04:52)

Turnbull discusses meeting other artists and returning to London to obtain a job at an art school. Work examined include "Heavy Insect," "Playground," and "Torque Upwards." Masks can portray states of being in an archetypal way

Public Art (03:36)

The Kingsdale School in London commissions "Sungazer." There is a different frame of reference when work is not made for a museum. Turnbull's sculptures are derived from his relationship with people.

Influenced by Surroundings (03:28)

Turnbull discusses working with fiberglass as a medium and his dislike of assistants. His new studio allowed him to make large scale steel sculptures.

Paintings Are Objects (04:32)

Steel or bronze does not incorporate color. Turnbull discusses how his work became increasingly monochromatic and his creative process. The landscapes are abstract.

Inspirations (05:53)

The horse is one of the most dominating subjects in art history. Other influences include Japanese swords and history. Turnbull describes how he likes his work to be transparent and clear.

Credits: William Turnbull (00:42)

Credits: William Turnbull

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William Turnbull

Part of the Series : theEYE, Series 3: Sculpture, Public Art and Ceramics
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William Turnbull is one of Britain’s most distinguished sculptors and painters. In the late 1940s, he studied art in London and then spent time in Paris, and ever since he has rigorously explored a limited number of archetypal forms as well as the fundamentals of art’s languages. Over more than fifty years William Turnbull has returned again and again to the head and the mask, to the standing figure and the horse, as well as to possibilities of pared-down, often monochromatic painting. His simple objects, which draw on both primitive and classical ideas, often combine presence and poetry in unique ways. This rare interview with the artist was filmed alongside an extensive retrospective exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park in 2005. Works in bronze, wood, and stone as well as (from a period in the 1960s) in brightly-colored steel are seen at their very best in both light-drenched interiors and in the park’s sweeping landscapes.

Length: 27 minutes

Item#: BVL194751

ISBN: 978-1-64867-394-8

Copyright date: ©2005

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