Isabel steels the limelight in Chile
15 November, 2018 — By John Gulliver
Isabel Langtry at the unveiling of her sculpture in Santiago
THE fame of Hampstead School of Art is spreading to Latin America – courtesy of its principal, Isabel Langtry.
Having been spotted as a gifted sculptor – she has works in London and Majorca – Isabel became the first British artist to be invited to a world symposium on sculpture in Chile.
Sculptors flew in from all over the world to Chile’s capital, Santiago, to take part in this prestigious gathering.
Isabel, who has sculpted for architects in west London as well as for a family in Majorca, soon got to work in Santiago on a large piece of mild steel, fashioning a piece reflecting the Chilean landscape by mirroring the fluidity and curvature of a river.
It took her two weeks to complete the three-metre-high work which now stands in a Santiago park having been unveiled with great fanfare by the city’s mayor.
Television interviews followed, with interest shown in the ethos of Hampstead School of Art whose patron for 30 years was the great sculptor Henry Moore. It is effectively run on co-operative lines and it charges students the lowest hourly rate of £7 an hour.
A woman of many parts, Isabel got on well in Santiago because she is, in fact, half-Spanish, and learned the language from her mother.
“When I arrived the question was, who would be my interpreter? And then I laughed and joined in the conversation!” she told me