David Wynne

(b. 1926)

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(1926– )

British sculptor, born at Lyndhurst, Hampshire. After serving in the Royal Navy, 1944–7, and studying zoology at Trinity College, Cambridge, he became a sculptor in 1949 with no formal art training. His work is fairly traditional in style (he thinks that art should be beautiful and ‘remind people of heaven’) and he is best known for animal sculpture. His many public commissions—often on a large scale—include the 2-ton black marble Guy the Gorilla in Crystal Palace Park, London (1963), the bronze Tyne God (3 tons) and Flying Swans at the Civic Centre in Newcastle upon Tyne (1968), and the Queen Mother's Gates in Hyde Park, London (1993). He has also made portrait busts of many famous sitters (for example, Sir Thomas Beecham, 1957; casts in the Festival Hall and NPG, London, and elsewhere). His other work includes the design of the Common Market 50 pence piece (1973), showing a ring of clasped hands.

Subjects: Art.

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