Roberts-Jones studied at Goldsmiths and the Royal Academy of Arts in the 1930s, and made his career as a portrait sculptor. He is best known for his sculpture of the hunched standing figure of Sir Winston Churchill. This portrait bust of the French poet and playwright Paul Claudel (1868-1955) was based on sketches made during the sitter’s lifetime, but was completed after his death. The decision to represent only the face may have been a deliberate reference to the tradition of death masks which are based on casts taken from the face of a corpse.
Ivor Rberts-Jones was born in Oswestry in 1916 and died in London in 1996.