Chadwick was one of the leading sculptors of the twentieth century. He trained at the Merchant Taylors’ School and worked as an architectural draughtsman before becoming an artist. In 1956 he gained international recognition when he won the International Prize for Sculpture at the Venice Biennale. He was awarded the CBE in 1964. Conjunction is one of Chadwick’s first sculptures of a human couple. It has powdered iron on its surface which has since rusted. This gives the sculpture its distinctive colour.