About the Artwork

Stairs, 1991 is an example of Lynn Chadwick’s unwavering preoccupation throughout his career with human relationships; standing groups, seated, reclining, walking, the spaces between them and the subtlest indications of body language or their ‘attitude’ as he called it.

Year: 1991

Copyright the Artist; Courtesy of the Estate of Lynn Chadwick and Blain|Southern. Photo: © Nick Turpin




239 x 160 x 112 cm

Artist Biography

Lynn Chadwick

In the later part of Lynn Chadwick’s career he moved away from the representation of seated and standing figures from the 1970s and set himself the new challenge of capturing figures in motion. Stairs, 1991 shows two female figures ascending and descending a flight of stairs caught in contrary motion. While their bodies and legs are naturalistically modelled, their polished triangular faces remain ciphers. They pass each other without acknowledgement.