About this artwork

This sculpture was initially made as part of a group of three figures suspended from the ceiling: one stands on a swing or trapeze, one climbs a rope and this work, the third, is seated on a swing. Each figure was modelled in resin and cast in fibreglass before being painted. This, and other sculptures on the same theme, have been inspired in part by Davies' memories of the circus in Manchester where he was taken, every year, as a child.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Figure on a Swing (painted version)
  • date created:
    1981 - 1984
  • materials:
    Painted fibreglass and rope
  • measurements:
    Figure: 74.00 x 35.50 x 42.00 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Bequeathed by Gabrielle Keiller 1995
  • accession number:
    GMA 3961
  • gallery:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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John Davies

John Davies