John Robert Murray McCheyne (1911 – 1982)

Metamorphosis (1969)


Polished redwood

96 cm high

Provenance: the artist’s estate.

A significant work by the artist. This sensual mid-century modern nude conveys a sense of monumental abstraction through its sloping curvatures. It swells and recedes, demonstrating not only the sinuous possibilities of the human figure, but also those of the Hepworth- and Moore-influenced abstract form.

John Murray McCheyne was a sculptor and teacher. He studied under the sculptor Alexander Carrick at the Edinburgh College of Art between 1930 and 1935. In the 1950s and 1960s he became Master of Sculpture at King’s College, University of Newcastle, and began to work on public sculpture commissions while there. He exhibited at the Palace of Arts’ Empire Exhibition Scotland in 1938, and was a regular exhibitor at the Royal Scottish Academy, and the Royal Glasgow Institute.

Condition: generally very good; one or two very small scratches.

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