A rare and exceptional bust of Dr Dyson by the highly sought after Sculptor Josef Belsky who won the Otto Beit Medal of the British society of sculptors in 1976 for excellence in sculpture. Belsky was also married to the highly regarded sculptor Irena Sedlecka. Direct from the studio sale these pieces of art/sculpture are collectors pieces and already proven investment acquisitions for the future. We have four busts that are being released to the open market for the first time in 60 years.
49cm Height x 39cm Depth
Fascinating Bio Below on Belsky:
Belsky was demobbed and returned to Prague after the war, and he found that many of his relations had perished in the Holocaust. He studied under the sculptor Otakar Španiel at the Academy of Fine Arts, Prague. While in Prague, he also designed a paratroop memorial, and a medal in honour of the Czech Olympic athlete Emil Zátopek, before fleeing again to escape the Communist takeover in 1948.
Belsky continued his studies at the Royal College of Art, studying under Frank Dobson and John Skeaping, graduating with an Honours Diploma in 1950. He received his first public commission for the Festival of Britain in 1951. A number of commissions followed, and was awarded the medal for sculpture by the Paris Salon, winning bronze in 1955 and silver in 1956.
His work included not only traditional statues and busts, but also large-scale more abstract works. He produced a number of statues of Winston Churchill; his 1969 statue at the Winston Churchill Memorial and Library in Fulton, Missouri was commissioned to mark the 25th anniversary of Churchill's "Iron Curtain" speech. Belsky's royal busts are in the National Portrait Gallery, London.
Belsky was the first foreign-born sculptor to create a work for Trafalgar Square, a bust of Admiral Cunningham unveiled in 1970. Belsky's statue of Lord Louis Mountbatten stands in Horse Guards Parade in London, and in the National Theatre is his statue of Lord Cottesloe. Belsky also designed the TorsionFountain at the Shell Centre in London and the Totemsculpture which was erected in 1977 in the Arndale Centre, Manchester. His studio was at his cottage in Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire.
In 1990, Belsky returned to Prague and worked on two monumental works, a statue of Winston Churchill outside the British Embassy and a memorial to Czechoslovaks who had served with the British Royal Air Force. Belsky was awarded the Medal of Merit by the then President of Czechoslovakia, Vaclav Havel, in 1999.