An image of Sentinel

Oliffe Richmond

(Australia, United Kingdom 08 Nov 1919 – 26 Feb 1977)

Sentinel

Location
Not on display
Further information

Much of the active career of this Hobart-born sculptor was spent in London, where he lived and taught from the late 1940s until his death in 1977. Inspired by the work of Henry Moore, Richmond was a full-time assistant to him in 1949-50, continuing to count the revered English sculptor a mentor and friend. The carving techniques of his compatriots Ola Cohn and Lyndon Dadswell were of early significance to Richmond, their monumental effects giving way in his work to more attenuated forms. Richmond produced a sequence of standing figures in bronze, a material that suited his increasing interest in the scarification and corrosion of sculptural surface as a metaphor for inner states. Sentinel epitomises these stark, aggrieved, yet rigidly armoured personages. Though the reductionism of Giacometti is operative, Richmond's own excavatory strategies and emotional defensiveness dominate.

Art Gallery Handbook 1999

Place of origin
London, England
Year
1962
Media
Sculpture
Medium
bronze
Dimensions
147.5 x 29.0 x 24.0 cm
Signature & date
Signed inside base, incised "OR ...".
Credit
Purchased 1967
Accession number
SA2.1967
Copyright
© Oliffe Richmond Estate