Henry Moore work returns to Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Mark Hearld prints are displayed

It was his favourite part of Wakefield’s Bretton Estate - and now Henry Moore’s work has returned to the beauty spot ahead of open-air exhibitions.

Friday, 27th November 2020, 6:00 am

Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) will introduce several works to its outside galleries this season, starting with the return of the monumental bronze Large Two Forms by Henry Moore.

Henry Moore was born into a mining community in Castleford and went on to become one of the world’s most celebrated artists.

He was the first patron of YSP and made a promise that there would always be a display of his work there, so close to where he was brought up.

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Henry Moore's work back in pride of place at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Picture: Jonty Wilde.

Large Two Forms has now returned as part of YSP’s open air display of large-scale sculptures by Moore and can be found in the Country Park – the sculptor’s favourite area of the Bretton Estate, where he enjoyed seeing his pieces surrounded by sheep.

The colossal sculpture is impressive in both scale and composition, appearing very different from every angle and continuing the theme of points that almost meet, which appears in much of Moore’s work.

Large Two Forms will soon be joined by another of Moore’s returning bronzes, Large Spindle Piece, which until recently has been on display outside London’s King’s Cross Station.

YSP’s collection of open-air sculptures comprises an ever-changing programme of long- and short-term loans and will see several new works arrive at the Park over the coming months.

A display of works by York born artist Mark Hearld at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Picture: Bruce Rollinson.

The Park will announce further additions to its open-air collection and its upcoming programme of exhibitions in the coming weeks, after many of this year’s plans had to be amended because of Covid-19.

Meanwhile, the institution is displaying designs by York-born illustrator Mark Hearld, who is known for lithographs, paintings and collages that take inspiration from the flora and fauna of the British countryside.

In the run up to his 2021 exhibition at YSP, a special selection of new collages and lino cut prints are being shown at the institution.

His latest work, Tyger Tyger, has been created for furnishing fabric with Hearld’s longstanding collaborator St Jude’s - an online gallery presenting a selection of limited edition original prints - and is available exclusively with YSP as a shoulder bag.

“We are extremely grateful to Mark Hearld and St Jude’s for enabling a small number of bags to be created to celebrate the launch of this beautiful fabric,” said a spokesperson for the Sculpture Park.

“Featuring Hearld’s Tyger Tyger print, these special bags have been produced in very limited quantity exclusively for YSP.

“Hearld is remarkably versatile and works across a number of mediums, producing litho, screen and lino cut prints, paintings, collages and editioned ceramics.

“He seems equally as comfortable in his studio with paint brushes and paper as he does curating exhibitions for museums and working as a stylist for projects.”

Hearld studied Illustration at Glasgow College of Art before completing an MA in Natural History Illustration at the Royal College of Art. His work is based on observations of the natural world, influenced by folk art and mid-twentieth century Neo-Romanticism and the gaiety of 1930s Modernism.

He is inspired by British artists such as Eric Ravilious, John Piper, Enid Marx and Edward Bawden. His work is exhibited extensively across the UK and commissions include set design for Nanny McPhee, fashion designs for Boden, interior fabrics for St.Jude’s and Sessions & Co, alongside museum projects for Tate, York Art Gallery and Compton Verney.