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Willow Legge

Willow Legge studied sculpture at Chelsea School of Art from 1951 to 1956.   She lives and works in Sussex.

Early in her long career, Legge worked as an art therapist but at the same time established a reputation as a portrait sculptor, eventually being elected a member of the Society of Portrait Sculptors.  For ten years she also worked at the Tussaud's studio creating portrait heads for the wax exhibits there.

In addition to portraiture her work has often featured studies of animals, birds and the human figure in a style which echoes the early work of Moore and Hepworth and artists such as Frink and Marini.  In these sculptures the focus is on simplified forms which capture the essence of the subject, rather than literal representation.

Willow Legge has also worked as an illustrator for the acclaimed Circle Press, founded by her husband, the artist Ron King, specialising in the production of artists' books.

Exhibitions in which Legge's work has been featured include: the RBA 'Young Contemporaries Exhibition' (1954, 1955), the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions (1992, 1994), The National Portrait Gallery (touring exhibition) (2002) and the Yale Centre for British Art (2002).  A retrospective exhibition of her sculpture and drawings was held at the Moncrieff-Bray Gallery, Petworth, Sussex in 2008.

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