Two life-sized horses, complete with naked male riders, have gone on display at Normanby Hall Country Park stables.
Artist Harold Gosney, 75, has been fascinated by horses since owning his own equines in the sixties. It has always been his artistic ambition to sculpt a life sized representation. The lynchpin of his portfolio is the human form and, of course, the horse, couple with themes inspired by classic and renaissance art.
The two sculptures, which went on display on Saturday August 8, demonstrate the creative process behind the artwork, with the wooden piece – originally crafted to act as a form on which to make the copper piece – stands proudly beside the finished work. Together, they make a robust and potent spectacle.
Despite his standing as one of the nation’s foremast living artists, you’d be forgiven for not knowing his name. Harold is modest by nature, and has never actively courted celebrity. Now is the perfect opportunity to uncover one of Britain’s most unsung artists.
Cllr John Briggs, cabinet member for Assets, Culture and Housing at North Lincolnshire Council, comments: “We have great pleasure in hosting this fantastic exhibition. It has just arrived from the Heritage Centre in Grimsby where it was previously displayed.
“The horses are life-sized and very realistic, and what better place to put them than the stables at the beautiful Normanby Hall Country Park.
Harold studied at Grimsby School of Art from 1954, and in 1960 returned to the school to teach. It was then that his interest in sculpture flourished. As a student, he won the the prestigious Slade School of Art drawing. Following his retirement in 1992, Harold moved to York to continue his career as a sculptor.