Sculptor Lynn Chadwick was born in London and initially trained as an architect. Following his service as a pilot in the Second World War he began to make mobiles and welded iron constructions. At first influenced by the work of Alexander Calder, Chadwick went on to develop his own distinct sculptural style using first steel, then bronze and occasionally laminated wood. Chadwick's technique juxtaposes varying textures and surfaces and often winged and seated figures. A recognized artist, Chadwick received the International Sculpture Prize at the Venice Bienniale in 1956.