British Sculptors | Artists in stone, metal and wood In association with
CHANNEL | The Third Programme
FIRST BROADCAST | 20 June 1961
DURATION | 60 minutes 40 seconds
In this tribute to Eric Gill, his children and contemporaries talk about his philosophy of life, his religious beliefs and his ideas about his work and craft. They also assess his artistic legacy and his contribution to the world of typefaces and lettering.
This programme was made many decades before revelations about Gill's private life were made public. These revelations and the effect they had on Gill's reputation are discussed in 'Night Waves : Eric Gill'.
Typefaces created by Eric Gill include Perpetua (1925), Gill Sans-Serif (1927 onwards) and Solus (1929). Ironically, they were designed for machine production, a form of manufacture that Gill despised and strove to oppose in his own approach to craftsmanship.
'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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