Pedal Power (25th Apr - 1st Aug 2015)

'The Art of Two Wheels'. Mixed exhibition Pedal Power is a celebration of the First Tour de Yorkshire Cycle Race, and features paintings, sculpture, and original prints by a variety of artists.

Stephen Carvill - T. E. Lawrence Sculpture

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There has been a lot of excitement surrounding this fascinating piece by local sculptor Stephen Carvill, inspired by archaeologist and British Army officer T. E. Lawrence.

Also known as 'Lawrence of Arabia', Lawrence was born in Wales in 1888 in Wales and is renowned for his liaison role during the Sinai and Palestine Campaign. He studied History at Oxford, and became a practising archeologist in the Middle East. In January 1914 Lawrence was commanded by the British Army to undertake a military survey of the Negev Desert, just before the outbreak of WW1. He was a prolific writer, and his book 'The Seven Pillars of Wisdom' describes his time in the Middle East.

In August 1925, Lawrence joined the RAF and spent time serving in Bridlington, specialising in high speed boats. He left the service with regret, in March 1935, at the end of his enlistment as he had been very happy in Bridlington. At the age of 46 two months after leaving military service, Lawrence was fatally injured on his motorcycle in Dorset while trying to avoid two boys on bicycles in a country lane.

Steve Carvill's bronze sculpture of Lawrence on his bicycle is based on one of the last known photographs taken of Lawrence in Bridlington, three months before his untimely death.

The sculpture is one of a small limited edition and can be seen at Gallery Forty-Nine. Please contact the gallery for further information and price.