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Maurice Blik, The Art of Survival
31 January 2022 6:00 pm
Maurice Blik has lived in England ever since being liberated from Bergen-Belsen, where he was taken as a small child from his birthplace, Amsterdam. The ability to come to terms with this experience, and to confront the face of (in)humanity that he had witnessed, stayed silent in his life for some forty years. It finally found a voice in the late 1980s when he created a passionate series of horses’ heads; he later progressed to sculptures of the human figure in which the irrepressible joy of life and the destructive, impenetrable shadow of existence co-exist to form a precarious unity.
Maurice Blik has had a long career in art education, teaching at all levels from primary to postgraduate. In 1991, however, he gave up teaching to work fulltime as a sculptor. In 1996 he was elected President of the Royal Society of British Sculptors, and he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
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