Gerda Rubinstein’s work in Harlow celebrated

Lifestyle / Sat 12th Aug 2017 at 01:18pm

Gertude Rub


Sculpture by Gerda Rubinstein

Celebrating Harlow’s 70th birthday and The Gallery’s 100th exhibition
10th August – 17th September

Tuesday – Friday 10 – 5 Sundays and Bank Holiday 2 – 4

Parndon Mill Elizabeth Way Harlow Essex CM20 2HP

Tel: 01279 426042 Email: [email protected] Web: www.parndonmill.co.uk Registered charity 1168202


Gerda Rubinstein was born in Berlin in 1931and moved to Amsterdam in 1933 where after the war she worked in a pottery and then in the studio of Wessel Couzijn. She attended the Rijks Academie, winning a scholarship which enabled her to study in Paris under Ossip Zadkine. Returning to Amsterdam she was awarded her first public sculpture commissions.

In 1958 she came to London where in 1967 Pat Gibberd saw her work on exhibition and recommended it to the Harlow Arts Trust. She was commissioned to make City for Bishopsfield which was sited in April 1971. Other works in Harlow, bought by the Trust, include Screen outside Purford Green Infant School, Baby at William Martin Primary School and Julia at Sewell Harris Close at The Stow. She has also undertaken several commissions for the Gibberd Garden in Harlow including a portrait of Sir Frederick. Gerda’s sculptures are very popular in Harlow. They are familiar, well appreciated and many inspire real affection.

The sculptures have developed from early carving in stone and then refractory brick, in which she carved negative shapes into which bronze was poured. She now concentrates on modelling in wax for small work or in clay for larger pieces, which are then cast in bronze or resin.
Gerda explains: “My sculptures are almost always of people, getting my inspiration from where I live. I have also made portraits and modelled birds and animals. I hope that the work, which is generally figurative, will be self explanatory without the need for titles. I have come to realise that the sense of freedom and hope that I experienced as a teenager in Holland, after five years of occupation in World War II, has really never left me and that it still colours my work”.

Gerda Rubinstein’s sculptures are well known and popular, but her drawings are less familiar. Before starting with clay, Gerda makes studies of her subjects, both nude and clothed figures. These have much of the vitality and charm which is so appreciated in her three dimensional work. A series of limited edition prints of five of her drawings are being exhibited and are offered either framed or unframed.

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