SEDGWICK, Jørgen Francis

c.1927 - 2008

Jorgen Sedgwick

Jørgen Francis Sedgwick, was born in Copenhagen, Denmark around 1927, his birth is noted in the consular registers 1931-1935, and was brought up in Denmark by his grandparents. His mother Inger, the ‘Voice of Denmark’ worked at Bush House in London and broadcast to a Denmark when under Nazi occupation. After the Second World War, in 1946 Jørgen settled in London where he studied at Regent Street Polytechnic and Beckenham Schools of Art 1948-1952. He taught in various colleges and art schools, including Central St Martin’s and Croydon College of Art and Design. He married at Bromley, Kent in 1951, Christine Sykes, Christine Sedgwick, and they latterly lived at Lytton Cottage, The Street, Holton St Peter, Halesworth, Suffolk. Sedgwick’s style developed continuously throughout his life and in 1959 he completed a life-size statue of the 6 year old son, who was killed in 1944, of shipping magnate Cecil Crosthwaite. In the 1950s he studied earth, rocks, tree roots and their spatial possibilities which took him towards abstraction, this period is characterised by earthy colours and by an experimentation with texture which saw him including sand with his pigments. The foundation of the Alpha Group in 1967 saw Sedgwick participate in a number of group shows with other members of the group, Michael Browett, John Macleod, Malcolm MacLeod and Rosemary Smith. He also exhibited at the Royal Academy from Studio 4, 95a Clifton Hill, London in 1953 'Christine', from 28 Harold Road, London in 1955 'Nude' also in 1956 'Nude', from 103 Nunhead Lane, London in 1964 'Treeform' and from 330 Upland Road, London in 1094 'Pony' also showing at many London galleries including the Woodlands Gallery, Walker Art Galleries, New Bond Street, Felix Gallery, Regent's Park, provincial shows included the Warwick Gallery, Birmingham also international galleries. Sedgwick’s work had become much more colourful and harder edged and his interest in myths and legends apparent but by the 1980s his focus had shifted towards the sea and the influence of the East Anglian landscape becomes evident in his work. Printmaking was also a love of his throughout his career and Sedgwick was a talented printmaker and in the 1960s he worked with etchings and aquatints, in the 70s he preferred relief prints. Jørgen Francis Sedgwick died in hospital on 9 December 2008, aged 81 and his funeral service was at Gorleston crematorium in Norfolk ten days later. Halesworth Gallery had a Sedgwick Retrospective exhibition in 2010, where he was a regular exhibitor, the exhibition also included works by Jorgen’s wife Christine and the prints & drawings by their daughter (Josephine) Anna Sedgwick (born 1952). Jorgen was highly regarded both in Britain and in his native Denmark.

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