Blade of Venus by William Turnbull (1922-2012) is part of a series of bronzes that originated in the shape of Japanese swords and Chinese chopping knives. The metamorphosis of these hidden references adds an element of ambiguity and the surreal, giving the image a wide frame of reference and a compelling figurative identity.
William Turnbull’s bronzes are distinguished by a rich contrast in surface, patina and detail, which create a kind of skin. Turnbull studied at the Slade School of Fine Art. After the war he lived for a brief time in Paris before returning to London.