Ralph Brown (sculptor)

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Sculpture of gorilla Jambo at Durrell Wildlife Park

Ralph Brown RA, Hon.RWA. (24 April 1928 – 3 April 2013) was a British sculptor, elected a Royal Academician in 1972.[1][2]

Ralph Brown studied at Leeds School of Art (1948–1951), Hammersmith School of Art,London (1951–1952), Royal College of Art (1952–1956).

He taught at Bournemouth Art College (1956–1958), Royal College of Art (1958–1969). He was a visiting Lecturer at the West of England College of Art in Bristol. He gave up teaching in 1973 and moved to France, returning in 1976 to live in Gloucestershire.

Ralph Brown first exhibited in London in 1953, had his first solo show at the Leicester Galleries London in 1961 and showed work widely since then, with solo and group exhibitions in the UK, Continental Europe and the USA. His sculptures are in public collections in many countries and in private collections around the world.

Ralph Brown worked as a sculptor for nearly 60 years and his work evolved over this period, while always remaining true to his obsession with the human figure.

Public collections[3][edit]

  • Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia[4]
  • Aberdeen Art Gallery, Scotland,
  • Albright-Knox Collection, Buffalo, USA.
  • Arts Council of Great Britain.
  • Cass Foundation, Sculpture at Goodwood,UK.
  • Chantrey Bequest Collection,UK.
  • City of Bristol Museum and Art Gallery,UK.
  • Contemporary Art Society, London.
  • Halifax Art Gallery,UK.
  • Hepworth Wakefield Gallery, UK.
  • Huddersfield Art Gallery, UK. Leeds City Galleries,UK.
  • National Museum of Wales, Cardiff.
  • Norfolk Contemporary Art Society,UK.
  • Rijksmuseum Kroller-Muller, Netherlands.
  • Royal Academy of Arts, London.
  • Royal College of Art, London.
  • Salzburg State Museum, Austria.
  • Southport Art Gallery,UK.
  • Stuyvesant Foundation, South Africa.
  • Tate Britain.
  • University of Liverpool,UK.
  • West Riding Education Committee, Yorkshire,UK.

Other work on public view[edit]

  • Harlow Market Square[5]
  • Durrell Wildlife Park, Jersey.
  • Newnham College, University of Cambridge.
  • Cass Sculpture Foundation, Goodwood, UK.
  • Harlow New Town.

Retrospective exhibitions[edit]

  • 2009 Pangolin London, Kings Place. 'Ralph Brown at Eighty'.
  • 1988 Henry Moore Centre, Leeds City Art Gallery.[6]

Books and catalogues[edit]

  • 'Social, savage, sensual: the sculpture of Ralph Brown' by Gillian Whiteley, with Jon Wood, Rungwe Kingdon and John Le Carré.[7]
  • 'Ralph Brown at Eighty. Early Decades Revisited'.[8]
  • 'Ralph Brown, Sculpture.[9]
  • 'Ralph Brown. Sculpture and Drawings' by Dennis Farr.[10]


  1. ^ "Ralph Brown RA (1928–2013) – Sculptors – Royal Academicians – Royal Academy of Arts". Royalacademy.org.uk. 1928-04-24. Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  2. ^ Whitely, Gillian (9 May 2013). "Ralph Brown obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Ralph Brown at eighty : early decades revisited. Pangolin. 2009. ISBN 9780956049124. 
  4. ^ "Ralph Brown". Art Gallery NSW. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Harlow Sculpture Collection". Visit Harlow. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  6. ^ Ralph Brown Sculpture and Drawings(1988) Henry Moore Centre for the Study of Sculpture ISBN 0 901981 38 9
  7. ^ Published by Sansom & Company 2009. ISBN 978 1 904537 95 3
  8. ^ published by Pangolin London ISBN 078 0 9560491 2 4
  9. ^ Published by epe books 2000 ISBN 0-9533979-0-4
  10. ^ Dennis Farr, Director of the Courtauld Institute Galleries, Ruth Walton and others. Catalogue of Retrospective Exhibition at the Henry Moore Galleries, Leeds City Art Gallery. ISBN 0901981389

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