Mark Borghi Fine Art

John Chamberlain




1966 (SOLD)



Steel armature, wire mesh, fibreglass, resin, body putty and plastic panel with metal spikes
38.5 x 46.5 x 38 inches (97.8 x 118.1 x 96.5 cm)


The Artist
Acquired directly from the artist, 1967
Private collection until the present


Based on a series of French-curve drawings. The sculptures are very unusual in Chamberlain’s oeuvre and are the only instance in which he began an idea for sculptures with drawings. He translated the drawings into three-dimensional objects by creating forms of steel rod and wire mesh, which were then coated with fibreglass and painted with acrylic lacquer. In some instances, the lacquer was sanded down in order to reveal the surface underneath.


(J. Sylvester, ed., John Chamberlain: A Catalogue Raisonné 19 54-1985, New York 1986).


Only three sculptures from this period are known to be in existance. This work has previously never been exhibited.