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John Carter in new show celebrating the foundryman Ken Cook

July 21, 2022
John Carter RA is among a number of artists included in a new show at Pangolin, London, celebrating the career of bronze foundryman Ken Cook.

Out of the Workshop traces Cook's work over the past fifty years, having collaborated with many of the leading sculptors of the twentieth century, such as Lynn Chadwick, Elisabeth Frink and Alison Wilding. 

After helping his tutor, Leonard McComb, with making an armature for a life-size figure, Cook went on to complete a foundry course at the Royal College of Art. Upon graduating, he received casting jobs from Ralph Brown, Robert Clatworthy and Ann Christopher, before setting up his own foundry in Gloucestershire in the 1970s. During the following decade, Cook developed innovative patinas, which regular clients, such as Elisabeth Frink, in particular, were excited to explore. 

Cook's most recent casting was for John Carter, who made his first foray into bronze sculpture in 2020. Cast in an editon of six, Displacement: Horizontal Format, was unveiled at last year's RA Summer Exhibition.   

Ken Cook: Out of the Workshop runs at Pangolin from 27 July to 17 September.