Artist:      Timothy Threlfall (1940–1999)

Date:       1970s 

Medium: Soldered Steel

Size:        25cm wide 25cm tall

Details:   Homage to Mondrian' 

Modern British sculpture. Timothy Threlfall (1940–1999)

  • This gorgeous sculpture is delicately constructed with soldered, steel rods. It is one of Tim Thelfalls key works and was exhibited at The Serpentine Gallery, London in 1972

    The inspiration for this series of sculptures are the paintings of Dutch modernist painter, Piet Mondrian (1872-1944)



    Timothy Threlfall (1940–1999)

    Sculptor, painter, photographer, printmaker and teacher, born in Watford, Hertfordshire. He studied at Trent and Cambridge Technical Colleges and from 1960–3 sculpture at Bath Academy, then worked under John Hoskin, Malcolm Hughes and Bryan Kneale. In 1961–2 he spent much time in Germany; from 1963–4 with a Dutch government scholarship he made postgraduate studies in The Hague and was guest teacher at the Free Academy. De Stijl group and architectural interests developed, leading to several public art projects. After a short time with the sculptor Shinkichi Tajiri, who had trained with Ossip Zadkine and Fernand Léger, having married and had had a successful solo exhibition at t’ Venster, Rotterdam, Threlfall studied with Henry Moore.

    Threlfall was appointed lecturer at Loughborough College of Art, 1964–1971 and began to exhibit at galleries in the Midlands, London, The Hague and New York. He was using modern materials, influenced by innovative sculptors such as David Smith, Anthony Caro and Phillip King. He became interested in space phenomena, quantum physics, molecular biology and philosophy and, having travelled in Europe, in 1970 journeyed extensively in America. He was made senior lecturer/third year tutor, fine art, at Lanchester Polytechnic, 1972–3. Between 1972–86, Threlfall’s visiting lectureships included Loughborough; Reading, Warwick, Manchester and East Anglia Universities; Leicester Polytechnic; the Universities of Massachusetts and New York; and the Royal College of Art. Part-time research at the University of Warwick, 1976–9, and in the Netherlands, led to completion of a doctoral thesis on Piet Mondrian’s life and work. From 1980–3, Threlfall taught twentieth-century art history at Lanchester and from 1985–6 at Warwick University, while travelling to gather information on his 1991-published book on the sculptor Isamu Noguchi, his hero, another being Eduardo Chillida. Threlfall became principal lecturer sculpture/course tutor, fine art, at Coventry (Lanchester) Polytechnic from 1984 and reader in fine art at Coventry Polytechnic 1991, retiring as head of sculpture from Coventry University that year after a serious fall. The artist was a prolific exhibitor, later solo shows including one in 1994 at Parnham House, Dorset, based on a passion for the Outer Hebrides isle of Barra. The Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry, held a retrospective in 2003.


    Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)