EXWORTH, Raymond Charles

1930 - 2015

Born at 7 Wroxham Road, Ipswich on 18 March 1930, the eldest of the five sons of Charles William Exworth (5 December 1902-1985), moulder in an iron foundry, and his wife Ivy Elsie née Bennett (11 March 1905-1998), who married at Ipswich in 1927. Educated at Northgate Grammar School in Ipswich and after a brief period as an apprentice engineer in a foundry and as a meteorologist, Ray entered Ipswich Art School in 1951. His resolve to become a sculptor followed a visit to the Musee Rodin, the effect of which he describes as, ‘like a religious conversion’. He entered the Royal College of Art in 1955, where he distinguished himself being awarded Royal Scholar in 1956, and a travelling scholarship in 1958. He married at Kensington, London in 1959, Susan Kalman when they moved to Heather Bell Cottage, Cornwall with Exworth starting a sculpture department at Falmouth School of Art. He won three Arts Council awards and had a solo exhibition 'Felixstowe Remembered', as well as other sculptures and drawings, at the Whitechapel Gallery in 1975 and was also exhibited at the Chappel Galleries in 1992 and in the same year included in Artists from Cornwall at the Royal West of England Academy. He regularly displayed his work in Plymouth Arts Centre and the Royal Cornwall Museum. He died in Hospital at Cornwall on 13 January 2015.

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