Barbara Hepworth was an English artist best known for her abstract sculptural works. A leading protagonist in the modernist art movement in Britain, particularly as part of the artist colony in St. Ives, Hepworth’s artistic career spanned five decades. Hepworth first began developing her sculptural ideas during her studies at the Leeds School of Art and the Royal College of Art.
During her lifetime Hepworth developed a sculptural style consisting of abstract forms that communicate ideas about the human condition and the natural world. Between 1969 and 1971, Hepworth created a number of print portfolios using the techniques of both screenprinting and lithography. Although many of these works were initially made for the purpose of translating the forms into sculpture, they are now appreciated as exemplary artworks in their own right.
Renowned art critic Herbert Read said that “Hepworth’s work transcends the difficulties and ugliness of modern life and evokes a vision of radiant calm perfection.” Hepworth’s sculptures can be found internationally in leading collections, though it is in the UK that her legacy is most celebrated. In 2011, the Hepworth Wakefield museum was established in Hepworth’s hometown to celebrate her achievements, whilst her studio in St. Ives has been preserved and turned into a public museum.