Sculptor Ivor Abrahams was born to Jewish parents in Wigan, Lancashire, England in 1935. Despite family opposition, he moved to London in 1952 to study at St Martin's School of Art (1952-3) and then Camberwell School of Art (1954-7). He worked as an apprentice at the Fiorini Art Bronze Foundry and gained international attention through an exhibition with Peter Blake in 1960. He was elected to the Royal Academy in 1989. Ivor Abrahams died in London, England in 2015.