Henry Moore was born in Castleford, Yorkshire and trained in Leeds at the Royal College. He is of course best known as the pre-eminent British sculptor of the 20th Century, but during his artistic career, he has produced work in many other mediums.
In 1921, Henry Moore won a scholarship to study sculpture at the Royal College of Art in London where he also developed his skills as a draughtsman and the start of a lifelong appreciation of non-Western art. African, and South American art which was subsequently reflected in his sculpture and graphic works.
He made his first prints in 1931 and altogether made something over 700 prints during his career. His early prints included wood engravings but later, in 1949, he experimented with what he called collographs. These were a variation of the traditional collotype process where Moore produced several hand-drawn monochrome separations on a transparent film which were then transferred to a collotype plate.
In 1958 Moore met the leading lithographer Stanley Jones at the Curwen Press and started a printmaking relationship which lasted to the end of his career. From the late 1960s printmaking became an increasingly important part of Moore's artistic output and as with his sculpture and drawings two abiding themes prevailed; reclining female forms and mother and child.
In the gallery, we have been privileged to be able to display his work and in 2005 held a very well attended exhibition of a selection of his original prints.