William Turnbull: Large Idol

Large Idol forms part of a series of ‘Idol’ sculptures which William Turnbull made over the course of several years. These minimal works take the human form as a starting point which is then simplified and refined, whilst maintaining a sense of figuration. The titles of these streamlined forms make reference to them perhaps being thought of as ancient gods and being worshipped for their power and beauty.

Although less than two metres in height, Large Idol is a monumental work in terms of its form and presence, with both phallic and female fertility imagery.