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A British sculptor and wood carver and member of the London Group of artists. Three of Durst's work are held in the permanent collection of Tate Gallery.
Alan Lydiat Durst was born at the rectory in Alverstoke, Hampshire, England on 27 June 1883. He was the son of William Durst who was the Rector of Alverstoke. He married Elizabeth Clare Amy Barlow on 11 December 1918. Durst died on 22 December 1970 and his funeral took place on Tuesday 29 December 1970 at Golders Green Crematorium.
...George Pace, an English architect who worked with Dunst wrote of his philosophical approach towards sculpting:
In 1964 after finished carving 7 statues for the upper part of Peterborough Cathedral he told me that in his early days when he wanted to learn “direct carving” he found that the art schools of the day could only teach him modelling; for it was still the fashion for sculptors to make models which were then translated into stone or marble by technicians using pointers and masons’ skills. After World War I the more realistic approach to sculpture enabled him to learn the techniques of direct carving and this equipped him to devote the rest of his life to spirited direct ...
Carver of religious subjects, figures and animals, and wood engraver. Born 27 June 1883 at Alverstoke, Hampshire. Served in the Royal Marines 1902–13 and 1914–18. Studied at the Central School under Richard Garbe 1913 and 1920, and at Chartres. Curator of the Watts Museum, Compton, 1919–20. Started to practise as a sculptor 1920, working almost entirely as a direct carver in stone, wood and ivory. Taught wood carving at the R.C.A. 1925–40 and 1945–8. Member of the London Group 1927–51. First one-man exhibition at the Leicester Galleries 1930. Carved figures for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art 1931 and for a number of churches, including the West Front of Peterborough Cathedral. Author of Wood Carving 1938. (http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/alan-l-durst-1047) undefined