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Schotz, Benno

Schotz, Benno
Schotz, Benno
Schotz, Benno
About the artist
Schotz, Benno
Born in Arensburg, Estonia, he studied engineering at Darmstadt then joined his brother in Glasgow in 1912.
He continued his studies at Glasgow Royal Technical College, 1912-14, and, whilst working as a draughtsman at John Brown's shipyard, he attended evening classes at Glasgow School of Art .

Schotz exhibited sculpture at the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts in 1917, became President of the Society of Sculptors and Painters, Glasgow, 1920, and established himself as a professional sculptor in 1923.

A protégé of architect John Keppie, and influenced by Rodin and Epstein , he executed many portrait busts in bronze.

Schotz succeeded Archibald Dawson as Head of Ceramics at Glasgow School of Art 1938-60.

Schotz exhibited work throughout Britain and internationally, and was appointed Her Majesty's Sculptor in Ordinary for Scotland, 1963.

His other honours include an Hon. LL. D. from the University of Strathclyde (formerly the Glasgow Royal Technical College) in 1969, and was accorded the Freedom of the City of Glasgow in 1981.

Publishing his autobiography Bronze in my Blood The Memoirs of Benno Schotz in 1981, he was the only Glasgow sculptor of note to do so.

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