Ex Tenebris Lux; Gillick, Ernest George; 1937; 69/557


Ex Tenebris Lux

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Ernest Gillick has produced an allegorical sculpture, referring to the darkness of ignorance being dispelled by the light of learning. In English, Ex Tenebris Lux means From Darkness, Light. The figure in classical robes has a lamp, symbolising enlightenment, and on her lap is the open book of knowledge. Initially modelled in clay and then cast into bronze, Gillick has left areas of the large seated figure with the roughly surfaced texture of the initial modelling. This gives a certain modernity to the form and shows the influence of the works of Auguste Rodin (1840 -1917). Born in Bradford, England, Gillick studied at the Nottingham School of Art. In 1902 he was awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Art in London, where he was awarded a further travelling Scholarship to Italy. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1904. Gillick gained some distinction as a sculptor of memorials, particularly during the 1920s and 1930s, and was awarded the Royal British Sculptors medal in 1935.


Gillick, Ernest George

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Collection Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu; presented by R E McDougall

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