Exhibitions: Henry Moore and the Geometry of Fear, James Hyman Gallery, 19 November 2002 - 18 January 2003
Literature: William Turnbull: Heads and Figures 1953 - 56: Rare works on paper from a private collection, James Hyman Gallery, London, 2004, (cat. 13), back cover (p.12).
This work combines three of Turnbull's favoured motifs from this period: a standing male figure, a female figure and a lobster. Much of Turnbull's work from this period abstracted from the human form, often accentuating the figures sexual organs, as in the aroused man, and woman with open legs. He was also fascinated by the forms of fish and lobsters, visiting an aquarium while living in Paris as well as going snorkeling.
At this time Turnbull was also inspired by cave painting, visiting the caves at Lascaux.