Sculptor and teacher, born in Neath, Glamorgan, who produced some of the finest modern carving on English ecclesiastical buildings, but died unknown to the general public. He gained his diploma in art and design, sculpture, at Gloucestershire College of Art, Cheltenham, then was offered a place at the Royal Academy Schools under Willi Soukop, but decided to leave when disturbed by loud music at night in his lodgings. A stubborn streak made him refuse family help to continue full-time studying. During a 1976 visit to Westminster Abbey he met the sculptor Arthur Ayres, who despatched Roberts to the City and Guilds of London Art School, where the principal, Roger de Grey, accepted him (giving him a pound to buy lunch). Roberts proved a distinguished student on the restoration course.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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