Porsche Sculpture: Goodwood Festival of Speed by Gerry Judah

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Gerry Judah
Client
Porsche
Engineering
Diales
Fabrication and Installation
Littlehampton Welding 

Gerry Judah

Gerry Judah was born in 1951 in Calcutta and grew up there before his family moved to London when he was ten years old.

Judah left Whitefield Secondary Modern School, London in 1969 and worked in a number of jobs from a kitchen porter at Blooms Restaurant, to an architectural draughtsman at T.P Bennett & Son, Richard Seifert & Partners and Douglas Scott – the designer of the Routemaster bus. He then went on to study Foundation Art and Design at Barnet College of Art (1970–1972) before obtaining a degree in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, University of London (1972–1975) and postgraduate Sculpture at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London (1975–1977).

After college, Judah set up his studio in Shaftesbury Avenue, the centre of theatre in London’s West End. In order to finance his large-scale sculptures, he took casual work around the corner in many theatres as a stage hand, prop maker and scenic artist. This included work at the Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Royal Festival Ballet, London Contemporary Dance, Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet, Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre.

Judah was commissioned by the Imperial War Museum in London to create a large model of the selection ramp in Auschwitz-Birkenau for the Holocaust Exhibition opened by Queen Elizabeth II.

Returning to his fine art beginnings he began to make art born of his reflections on historical and contemporary events, creating a body of large three-dimensional paintings exploring the devastations of war and the ravages man has made upon the environment caused by recent conflicts in Eastern Europe and the Middle East with solo exhibitions: FRONTIERS at the Timber Yard, London in 2005, ANGELS at the Royal Institute of British Architects, London in 2006 and the British High Commission, Delhi in 2007, MOTHERLANDS at the Louise T Blouin Foundation, London in 2007, COUNTRY at Wolverhampton Art Gallery in 2009, BABYLON at Flowers East Gallery, London in 2009, COUNTRY at the Fitzroy Gallery, New York in 2010, THE CRUSADER at the Imperial War Museum North, Manchester in 2011, BENGAL as part of TIPPING POINT at the Wolverhampton Art Gallery in 2013 and two sculptures in St Paul’s Cathedral, London commemorating 100 years since the beginning of the First World War.

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