Witold Gracjan Kawalec - Kay Alexandra study

Witold Gracjan Kawalec

Kay Alexandra (Study)



Purchased 1979

Location: The Mary Harris Memorial Chapel, Streatham Campus

This alabaster sculpture is a celebration of the birth of the sculptor's grand-daughter, hence its title. Born in Poland in 1922, the artist flew with the RAF during the war and regarded an overhead view of sculpture to be just as important as views from North, South, East or West.

The highly polished white alabaster is suggestive of purity and innocence, while the many graceful concave and convex curves reveal an intricate variety of gentle perspectives.  The sculptor himself noted that he intended the flowing shapes to give a sweeping movement, indicating feminine charm and elegance.
Kawalec spent over 30 years living in Devon where he sculpted and ran a sculpture park near Crediton.

Photo: John Melville © University of Exeter
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