Artist biography

Alan L. DURST b. 1883

Carver of religious subjects, figures and animals, and wood engraver. Born 27 June 1883 at Alverstoke, Hampshire. Served in the Royal Marines 1902–13 and 1914–18. Studied at the Central School under Richard Garbe 1913 and 1920, and at Chartres. Curator of the Watts Museum, Compton, 1919–20. Started to practise as a sculptor 1920, working almost entirely as a direct carver in stone, wood and ivory. Taught wood carving at the R.C.A. 1925–40 and 1945–8. Member of the London Group 1927–51. First one-man exhibition at the Leicester Galleries 1930. Carved figures for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art 1931 and for a number of churches, including the West Front of Peterborough Cathedral. Author of Wood Carving 1938.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I