London, Sotheby’s, Sculpture and Sculptors’ Drawings from The Ingram Collection, 10 – 21 January 2011;
Woking, The Lightbox, The Ingram Collection: Diamond Jubilee Exhibition, 6 March – 15 April 2012;
London, RCA, A Perfect Place to Grow, 16 November 2012 – 3 January 2013;
Woking, The Lightbox, Bodies! The Ingram Collection, 21 November 2015 – 31 January 2016;
London, Royal College of General Practitioners, Health and the Body, 3 March – 29 May 2016
A. Bowness, Bernard Meadows Sculpture and Drawings, Much Hadham, 1995 (similar version illustrated, p. 75, 142, no. BM 97, pl. 57)
Meadows early work was characteristically very dark bronze. Armed Bust: Two Eyes was the first example of his use of polished bronze pieces. This change of direction was a consequence of his trip to Florence in 1960. There he was inspired by Michelangelo’s marble bust of c. 1540 depicting the treacherous Brutus, who masterminded the downfall of Julius Caesar. Meadows commented “The figures are armed, aggressive, protected, but inside the safety of the shell they are completely soft and vulnerable.” In this piece the anatomy is depicted through the central position of the eyes; soft shapes squashed between the hard, strong body.