Roy Kitchin - Coalbrookdale, England
Roy Kitchin was born at Peterborough in the Fen Country of southeast Anglia, UK. In 1936 his family moved to Birmingham, the heart of the industrial West Midlands, where he attended school until the age of 14. On leaving he became an apprentice to the joinery trade, and simultaneously began making his first serious attempts at carving the human figure.
Following discharge from Army conscription (Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, 1945-1948), and while still pursuing his own work, he became an assistant to the sculptor William Bloye FRSBS, and worked on large-scale sculptures and neoclassical architectural decoration. From 1952 - 54, Kitchin studied sculpture at Birmingham College of Art, producing figures within the canons of Greek Classical sculpture. In 1954, he began work as a freelance architectural sculptor, gaining several important commissions, including the complete recarving of the decoration on Birmingham Cathedral Tower.
The commissions allowed him to continue his personal sculptural development and it was during that period that the strictly figurative work gave way to a series of richly organic anthropomorphic sculptures in bronze.
Kitchin began teaching in 1961 and work dating from about this time is more clearly drawn from heavy industrial technology and the first steel sculptures appeared.
Shortly after accepting a lectureship at the distinguished Fine Arts Department at Newcastle upon Tyne University in 1971, he in the intensive production of large steel sculptures that were exhibited extensively in open air shows.
By 1980 he was becoming disenchanted with the temporary nature of open air exhibiting. Having recognized that the landscapes in which he exhibited appeared to adjust the presence of sculpture. He wished to find a situation in which he could permanently site his sculptures. Kitchin relinquished his teaching post in 1983 in order to devote more time to the making of sculpture and to start a sculpture park along with his wife, Pam Brown, which has come to be known as the Ironbridge Open Air Museum of Steel Sculpture (MOSS) in Coalbrookdale, England.
Kitchin had an extensive exhibition record all over Europe before he passed away in 1997. We at Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum are very honored to have pieces by both Roy Kitchin and Pam Brown in our permanent collection. MOSS was the sculpture museum that influenced the creation of Sculpture Trails so it is very dear to our hearts that we have these sculptures on the grounds to share with everyone.
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