Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975) developed a distinctive abstract style, creating hollowed forms of stone or wood with spaces bridged by wires or strings; many later works are in bronze.
Born in Wakefield, she studied at Leeds School of Art and the Royal College of Art.
She worked in concrete, bronze, wood, and aluminium, but her preferred medium was stone. She married first the sculptor John Skeaping, and second Ben Nicholson. Under Nicholson's influence she became more interested in abstract form.
In 1939 she moved to St. Ives, Cornwall (where her studio is now a museum).