B. Australia, 1913 – 2000
Sculpture of Julie, 1960s
Artist, title and medium inscribed on The Studio, Sheffield gallery description label under the chipboard base
47 x 33 x 20 cm
Provenance Private Collection, UK
RM 30,000 – RM 50,000
Based in Great Britain for most of her adult life, Barbara Tribe was one of Australia’s most significant 20th-century sculptors, recognised for her work with Rayner Hoff and for her own figurative and portrait sculptures. Tribe was born in the Sydney suburb of Edgecliff on 20 June 1913, three years after her parents migrated from England. Working in all materials, from terracotta, bronze, stone, wood to metal and ceramics, Tribe believed form to be most important, observing the contours and material when creating her works. The artist’ curiosity led her to embark on a study of aboriginal art, and prompted her to travel extensively in later life.