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At first sight Armed Bust IV appear as abstract constructions, but they are details of figures: the sharp point represents an arm, and the solid weight the torso. Meadows explained: ‘The figures are armoured, aggressive and protected, but inside the safety of the shell they are completely soft and vulnerable’. He compared them to tycoons or dictators ‘who are protected by the paraphernalia of their offices and retinues, but who are soft inside. Bullies are frightened people’. Armed Bust IV is one of a series which Meadows began in 1961.

February 2010