Chaim’s life

The Jewish Chronicle - - LIFE -

AN­GLO-IS­RAELI SCULP­TOR Chaim Stephen­son’s life and work is cel­e­brated in an exhibition at St Martin-in-the-Fields this month, pieces in­spired by the sto­ries in the Old Tes­ta­ment, and those that came out of his life­long con­cern for peo­ple driven from their homes. Stephen­son, who died last year aged 89, was born in Liver­pool to Rus­sian Jewish im­mi­grant par­ents. His fa­ther was a clar­inet­tist whose orig­i­nal sur­name was Stupin­sky, but which he changed when his con­duc­tor had trou­ble pro­nounc­ing it. Af­ter at­tend­ing a lo­cal Jewish school, Chaim, whose English name was Harry, was a Bevin Boy at the end of the sec­ond world war, and down the mines he was known as “Jew ‘Arry” to dis­tin­guish him from all the other Har­rys.

He first be­gan to de­velop his work while work­ing for two decades as a

One of Chaim Stephen­son’s art­works

PHOTO: JOAKIM BLOCKSTROM

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.