Lightbox Receives Generous British Modern Sculpture Gift Through Art Fund

The Lightbox

The Lightbox, an exciting public gallery in Surrey is exhibiting a generous gift made through the Art Fund of 17 works of art. The gift, which has been donated on behalf of Joan Hurst include sculpture by the renowned artists Lynn Chadwick, Sir Jacob Epstein, Elisabeth Frink and Sophie Ryder, amongst others.

Many influential and significant artists, who have helped to shape the practice of modern day sculpture, are represented in ‘The Joan Hurst Art Fund Gift’. Highlights include: ‘Fifth Portrait of Kathleen’, Jacob Epstein – A striking depiction of the artist’s lover and muse whom he later married. ‘Horse and Rider’, Elisabeth Frink – An early and rare sculpture produced whilst Frink was at Chelsea School of Art. The work is based on her Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse drawings and is one of five horse sculptures included in the gift. ‘Seated Couple’, Lynn Chadwick – The seated couple is a theme that features throughout Chadwick’s long and illustrious career.

Patron Joan Hurst said, ‘This gift of sculpture comprises works from my collection which are very dear to my heart, and I knew that the Art Fund would choose a fitting venue to receive this acquisition. I have always valued their expertise in helping find appropriate homes for works of art within national collections and I am so pleased that The Lightbox is to be the recipient. ‘I do hope this collection of British sculpture will allow them to continue strengthening their Modern British area of interest, for which they are becoming increasingly well-known.’

The gift complements The Ingram Collection of Modern and Contemporary British Art which is on long term loan to The Lightbox and features regularly in The Lightbox’s exhibition programme. ‘The Joan Hurst Art Fund Gift’ of 17 works of art marks the start of a significant permanent collection of works from this period, which The Lightbox hopes to add to in the coming years.

The Art Fund is the national fundraising charity for art, helping museums to buy and show great art for everyone to enjoy. Over the past 5 years it has given £24m to help over 200 museums and galleries acquire works of art for their collections.

Photo: Elisabeth Frink, Horse and Rider, 1950. © The Elisabeth Frink Estate and Archive

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