Friday, 10 February 2017

Wilhelm Josef Soukop RBA, FRBS, RA (Vienna, 1907 - 1995) : Cubist Bronze Figural Study.

Wilhelm Josef (Willi) Soukop RBA, FRBS, RA
Vienna, 1907 - 1995
Untitled
Cubist Figural Study
Bronze / Rosewood
Signed "wS 1/9" (L/H in bronze)

Height 25 cms (max)
Width 14.5 cms (max)
Weight 1377g


Biography:
Wilhelm Josef Soukop, sculptor: born 5 January 1907; RBA 1950; FRBS 1956; ARA 1963, RA 1969; Master of Sculpture, Royal Academy Schools 1969-82; married 1945 Simone Moser (died 1993; one son, one daughter); died Glasgow 8 February 1995.

"My life was never planned, it just happened," said Willi Soukop. A comment that many Europeans who endured the upheaval of two world wars would have in common.
Born in Vienna in 1907, of an Austrian mother and a Czech father, he displayed a natural artistic talent when he produced aged four a chalk drawing of a tree. As well as the normal state school education, he became a student of drawing by night and an apprentice engraver by day. In 1919 his father, who had been wounded in the war, committed suicide, leaving his wife to cope with Willi and two other children. To supplement the pittance he earned as an apprentice, he worked nights carving umbrella handles and ivory boxes for a local trader. This provided a small income that enabled him in time to afford to study sculpture at the Academy of Fine Art in Vienna.

After six years Soukop met a sympathetic Englishwoman who lived in Devon and who invited him to England to escape, at least for a few weeks, the political and economic misery of Vienna. So it was in 1934 Soukop came to stay at Dartington near Totnes in south Devon. He was given the use of a studio and was able to carve, even sell, his work in a congenial atmosphere. Dartington Hall was owned by Leonard and Dorothy Elmhirst, who created a virtual international centre for the arts. This had a tremendous effect on Soukop, and its influence on him lasted decades, with the friendships formed enduring to his death. European exiles came to Dartington, such as the entire Jooss Ballet from Germany, Michael Chekhov and his drama school, and Bernard Leach and his son David, the celebrated potter, with whom Soukop formed a lasting friendship and who taught him the art of pottery. Another friendship in 1937 was with the artist and gallery-owner Eardley Knollys, whose Storran Gallery gave Soukop his first one-man show in 1938.
Other influences on Soukop came from friendships with the artists Cecil Collins and Heine Heckroth, the latter producing designs for many films of Michael Powell, including The Red Shoes. Leonard Elmhirst swore that at this time there were more beautiful women per square yard in Dartington than anywhere else in the world. So it was that, through an American artist Mark Tobey, Soukop met a beautiful French dancer, Simone Moser, whom he courted - with certain difficulties, since she didn't speak German or English and he didn't speak French. However they married - a marriage that lasted for over 40 years.

For Soukop, Dartington became an idyllic haven where he was not only free to carve but was also offered a teaching post, at Dartington Art School. With war approaching, he had no wish to return to Vienna, but after the fall of France in 1940 he, like many others, was classified as an "alien" and first interned at Aintree racecourse, then shipped off to Canada, where he remained nine months until he was released to return to Dartington. Offered the job of Art Master at Blundell's School, he set up the sculpture department so well that the work was exhibited in London. He then set up other sculpture departments, first in Bryanston School, in Dorset, and then the Downs School in Worcestershire.
In 1945 Soukop came to London and taught at Bromley, Guildford and Chelsea Schools of Art - he remained in the last position until 1972. In 1969 he accepted the additional position of Master of Sculpture at the Royal Academy Schools as an early teacher of Dame Elisabeth Frink and he frequented the same bronze foundry as Henry Moore OM CH FBA in Fulham, London. Later Wilhelm Josef Soukop became a member of the faculty for the British School in Rome.

He first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1935 and attracted the attention and admiration of John Skeaping, Tom Monnington and Charles Wheeler. He was elected an Associate (ARA) in 1963 and a full member (RA) in 1969. He received many commissions, both for portrait busts and larger pieces for public buildings. Over the years he exhibited in numerous mixed shows including "Sculpture in the Open Air", Battersea  Park (1949 and 1950), many Arts Council exhibitions, Biennales and an exhibition in the Yehudi Menuhin School and University College Swansea. The Battersea Park show brought public awareness of modern sculpture; the Contemporary Art Society's gift to the Greater London Council of Henry Moore's stone Three Figures Standing (1947-48) remains as a permanent landmark in the park.
Willi Soukop excused himself when the public found it difficult to identify his pieces. "My work is rather catholic," he said, "and ranges over a wide variety of subject-matter as well as materials - my art education was traditional but my chief influence was the German sculptor Ernst Barlach (1870-1938) and travelling and meeting the other artists who widened my horizons, in particular through teaching in England." He never followed any particular style or direction; his aim was always to capture the harmony in the materials he used.

Wilhelm Josef Soukop Man and Woman - Albany House Petty France Westminster London.

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Monday, 2 January 2017

# National Museum of Scotland

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Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Rainer Weber (b 1972, Vienna, Austria) : Art Not War AK47 Chair : Arts and Crafts Company

Rainer Weber (b 1972, Vienna, Austria) Contemporary

Art Not War AK47 Chair No.3 (single chair) 22ct Gold Plated or Chrome Plated


55 cms. x 73 cms. x 122 cms.

Weight 35 Kgs.

The Art Not War AK47 Chair is designed using formally in use and now de-commissioned AK47 assault rifles, a truly unique interior design statement each hand made chair is individually finished in 22ct Gold or Chrome.

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Monday, 28 November 2016

Alexander Donskoi : Master of East and West Fine Art : Arts and Crafts Company

Alexander Donskoi
(Contemporary Russia / Canada)

“Classified Stupidity”
Oil on Canvas
168.0 cms. x 117.0 cms.

Alexander was born in one of the most unique, mystical and enigmatic places on earth in Far East Russia, "Balhae", once a very powerful and strong kingdom on the borders of Northern China.

The earliest recorded mention of Balhae comes from the old book of Tang, which was compiled between 941 to 945 AD. The 13th century census of Northern China by the Mongols distinguished Balhae from other ethnic groups such as Goryeo, Khitan and Jurchen. Most descendants of the kingdom of Balhae are today residing in China.

Siberia and the Russian Far East are home to some of the most profoundly beautiful wilderness areas left on earth. Russia's diverse landscapes support an incredible biodiversity, including one-fifth of the worlds forests, and endangered species such as the Amur Leopard, Siberian Tiger, and Western Pacific Grey Whale. Lake Baikal alone holds 20 percent of the worlds unfrozen fresh water, and it is the oldest and deepest lake in the world. Close to the Japan Sea bejewelled with its magical flying islands, all of which quickly awoke Alexander's imagination as early as four years old, and gave him the strongest impulse to create fine art.

"Thus began a long process of education, self-acknowledgment, experiments with different medias, self-realisation and study received from the greatest masters of the fine arts." - Alexander Donskoi.

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Saturday, 19 November 2016

Buddha Head Shakyamuni 19th Century Central Java, Indonesia : Arts and Crafts Company

Buddha Head Shakyamuni
19th Century
Central Java, Indonesia
Bronze
Height 34 cms.
Width 29 cms. (approx.)

Monumental bronze head of Buddha Shakyamuni, circa 19th century in post Gupta style, the face with a meditative expression. The forehead with a central urna above arched eyebrows and downcast eyes, the narrow pointed nose above bowed carved lips. The elongated earlobes and flat curled hair surmounted with a curled conical shaped ushnisha - 34 cm high.

Patina is Black / Brown with Copper Sulphate (Green) and Anhydrous Copper Sulphate (White) deposits to the interior and exterior of the casting.

Provenance: Private Collection : Formerly part of a prominent Seattle, Washington, USA Estate.

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Thursday, 17 November 2016

Parvati Hindu Goddess of Love : Arts and Crafts Company

Parvati Hindu Goddess of Love
Circa 1900
Chola Style in Bogashakti Form
Bronze with traces of red pigment
Tamil Nadu
Southern India

Height 26 cms.
Width 17 cms.
Depth 11 cms.

Condition Report: Minor patina rubbing, red pigment deterioration and bronze surface marks commensurate with age. Anhydrous Copper Sulphate (White) deposits to upper outer left thigh area surface. Upper rectangular base plinth corners bumped, otherwise good.

Parvati (IAST: Pārvatī) is the Hindu goddess of fertility, love and devotion; as well as of divine strength and power. She is the gentle and nurturing aspect of the Hindu goddess Shakti and one of the central deities of the Goddess-oriented Shakta sect.
Parvati is the wife of the Hindu god Shiva - the protector and re-generator of universe and all life. She is the daughter of the mountain king Himavan and mother Mena. Parvati is the mother of Hindu deities Ganesha and Kartikeya. Some communities also believe her to be the sister of the god Vishnu and the river-goddess Ganga.

With Shiva, Parvati is a central deity in the Shaiva sect. In Hindu belief, she is the re-creative energy and power of Shiva, and she is the cause of a bond that connects all beings and a means of their spiritual release. In Hindu temples dedicated to her and Shiva, she is symbolically represented as the argha or yoni. She is found extensively in ancient Indian literature, and her statues and iconography grace Hindu temples all over South Asia and Southeast Asia.

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Tuesday, 8 November 2016

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