It is with sadness that we report the death of Gordon Allen, 87, of St Ives, a life-long trade unionist, communist and constructivist sculptor.

Gordon was a highly skilled engineer who worked extensively in the aerospace industry for both Vickers and Rolls Royce. For many years he was responsible for training engineers involved in constructing the Concord. Out of a growing interest in modern sculpture he used his lathe and welding skills to create a significant body of sculpture that was critically acclaimed and widely exhibited, showing at the Royal Academy and increasingly in St Ives where he had moved to be near his architect son.

He especially loved and valued the work of Naum Gabo, the Russian Constructivist who moved to the St.Ives area with Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson soon after the outbreak of World War Two.

Gordon became a much respected and celebrated member of the St Ives art colony and he will be sorely missed by his extended family and many artist friends and colleagues.