Born in Ipswich, Suffolk and brought up in Constable country, Exworth studied at Ipswich School of Art (1951 ff) and Royal College of Art from 1955, for three years. His parents were Charles William Exworth and his wife, Ivy Elsie nee Bennett. In Suffolk he noted the artistic influence of church sculpture and architecture.
In 1959 he married Susan Kalman in Kensington, London. The couple arrived in Cornwall in the early 1960s: 'Perhaps in Cornwall one can still be truly remote and independent.' Ray Exworth started the sculpture department at Falmouth School of Art (now part of the University of Cornwall).He did not believe in art for art's sake, but that 'sculpture should have some social context and not be impersonal.' He received Awards from the Arts Council in 1975, 1977, and 1984 and a South West Arts Fellowship in 1985.
His work was regularly on show at the Plymouth Arts Centre and the Royal Cornwall Museum.
works and access
Works incl: The Circus 1980s to present
1975: Whitechapel Gallery, London: Solo 'Felixstowe Remembered'
1992: Artists from Cornwall, RWE Bristol exh
2011: A Shutter Came Down, Kestle Barton
2016: Kestle Barton, 'Jem Southam Photography: Ray's Sheds - the Hidden World of Ray Exworth' (10 Sept-29 Oct)
NSA 1995 list
misc further info
Hardie (1995) 100 Years in Newlyn, Diary of a Gallery p196
Kestle Barton (2011) Illustrated invitation card www.kestlebarton.co.uk
RWE (1992) Artists from Cornwall, Bristol
Tony Copsey (2013) Correspondent for Artists in Suffolk
Whybrow (1986) Forms and Faces: Sculptors in SW Cornwall;
Guardian (5 Mar 2015) Ray Exworth obituary by Jem Southam;