Hull Through the Eyes of a Sculptor

The commission

Hull as a major port city has always attracted artists who were interested in a maritime theme. The collections and displays of many of Hull’s museums reflect not only this maritime history, but also the part played by artists in recording and drawing inspiration from this industry.

There are many ways artists have tried to ‘capture’ or ‘reflect’ this heritage. In 1998 a new work was commissioned from Chris Dobrowolski for the exhibition ‘All at Sea’. The exhibition was to focus on a maritime theme from the 17th Century to the present day. The gallery curator had liked Chris’ work which was relevant to this theme and thought that a new piece from him would be a good element of the exhibition. It would also add a new contemporary sculpture to the gallery's permanent collection from an artist who had chosen to study and work in Hull, like many other artists before him.

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