British Sculptors | Artists in stone, metal and wood In association with
CHANNEL | Radio 3
FIRST BROADCAST | 10 November 1992
DURATION | 12 minutes 31 seconds
As a major retrospective exhibition of Eric Gill's work opens in London, this frank and revealing discussion looks at some of his more contentious beliefs about sex and religion, and explores how they have impacted on his art.
Eric Gill was one of the first people to be granted the title of Royal Designer for Industry, which was conferred on him for his work in typography and wood engraving. This award was introduced by the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce in 1936, with the aim of honouring the role of design in manufacturing and industry. Subsequent recipients include Gordon Russell, Barnes Wallis and Vivienne Westwood. Among the other designs honoured are the Millennium Bridge, the iPod, the Rolls-Royce jet engine, the 'Harry Potter' film sets and the miniskirt.
'Art is the expression of imagination and not the imitation of life.'
Insights from one of the giants of modernism.
'I'm very excited to be alive in the 20th Century.'
Memories of the man and his ideas are recalled by Eric Gill's family, friends and colleagues.
The landscape of Cornwall transposed in sculpture.
Defying all but the most unconventional of conventions.
Exploring the relationship between animals and humans.
Creating art through the natural world.
Seeing the body as 'the frontline between the world out there and the spirit inside'.
The pleasure of looking inside things.
How everyday objects can inspire an artist.
The artist whose sculpture is about 'the stuff of living'.
Public monuments to private experiences.
A look at one of Britain's leading sculptors.
Re-examining the work and controversial ideas of Eric Gill.
Exploring humanity through representations of the body.
A look back at the life and career of one of the fathers of pop art.
'London is my sketchbook.'
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