Barbara Hepworth

The New Art Centre represents the Barbara Hepworth Estate, and has worked closely with the family on a global exhibitions and sales programme for over two decades.


Working closely with the artist's family, our joint aim is to increase public awareness of Hepworth's work and legacy. This is achieved through an international programme of exhibitions, loans and research. The Estate periodically releases work to us that is for sale and it is our job to place them in prominent collections worldwide. A number of paintings, drawings and sculpture are currently available. Please contact us for further information.


Biography (1903-1975)
Born in Yorkshire and trained at Leeds School of Art and subsequently the Royal College of Art in London, Hepworth left London at the outbreak of the War and established herself in St Ives, Cornwall. This was to be her home for the rest of her life. Many of the simplified, organic, abstract forms and themes found in Hepworth's work can be linked to the Cornish landscape and coastline, which were a source of inspiration throughout her life. Her studio is now a museum dedicated to her work, which is owned and run by the Tate Gallery. Barbara Hepworth received numerous public commissions and awards during her career, including the creation of a landmark sculpture for the United Nations Building in New York (1962-3). She won the Grand Prix in the 1959 Sao Paulo Biennial and in 1965 became a Dame Commander of the British Empire. At the time of her death in 1975, Hepworth was a prominent figure in the international art world with work in all major museum collections.