Reg Butler trained as an architect and worked as a blacksmith during the Second World War, his pieces are a mix of traditional methods and the then new industrial process of sculptural welding.
Above is the piece entitled *Woman* and is one of many of his figurative female forms. Although he has more widely known works, his sculptural depictions of the female figure are notable for their almost idyllic perception of the female form. His sculpture puts a large emphasis on texture, line and volume.
When researching Reg Butler, i came across a BBC interview transcript also featuring Barbara Hepworth, in it Hepworth described the emotions caused when walking through a garden that contained Butlers sculptures,
‘I had a rather curious image of your sculptures stalking in the garden, walking, dancing around solid lumps of rock in my yard, all waiting to be carved.’
I discussed the interview more in my dissertation.