Bat by Bryan Kneale is part of our Loan Collection.
Bryan Kneale RA (born 19 June 1930) is a Manx artist and sculptor, described by BBC News Online as "one of the Isle of Man's best known artists."
This sculpture of the Three Legs of Man is a familiar sight for many down at Ronaldsway Airport.
The Isle of Man Arts Council have three Bryan Kneale originals as part of their Contemporary and Modern Loan Collection. They are currently housed in Manx Radio's Reception area as part of an initiative to see more of the pieces displayed in public and corporate settings.
Rhinoceros by Bryan Kneale is part of our Loan Collection and is currently housed up at Manx Radio.
Bryan Kneale R.A., May 2000 by James Hunkin
The following information is taken from Bryan Kneale's Artist Profile on the Royal Academy website.
Bryan Kneale originally studied painting at Douglas School of Art in 1947 and then at the Royal Academy Schools, London from 1948 to 1952 where he received a Rome Scholarship in painting (1949-51). In 1960 he moved from painting to sculpting and in 1968 was Head of Sculpture at Hornsey College of Art and Design. Most of his subsequent teaching career was spent at the Royal College of Art, London, where he was Tutor (1963-1980) and Senior Tutor (1980-85), Head of Sculpture (1985-90) and Professor of Drawing (1990-95). He was also Professor of Sculpture at the Royal Academy Schools from 1980 to 1987.
Another sculpture of the three legs that many will recognise as adorning the entrance to Noble's Hospital.
Kneale’s first solo show with paintings was in 1954 with the Redfern Gallery, London. He continued to exhibit there regularly until 1986. Other solo shows include a retrospective of his work at the Whitechapel Art Gallery (1966), the Serpentine Gallery, London (1978), and further retrospectives at the Henry Moore Gallery, Royal College of Art, London (1986), Royal West of England Academy (1995), and a drawing retrospective at the Natural History Museum (1991). Kneale has participated in many group shows, both in the UK and Europe. These include Sculpture International, Battersea Park, London (1963-1966), British Sculpture in the 60s, Tate Gallery, London (1966), New Art, Hayward Gallery 1975 and Chelsea Harbour Sculpture Show (1993). Kneale also curated and exhibited in British Sculptors, Royal Academy of Arts (1972) and Jubilee Exhibition of British Sculpture, Battersea Park (1977).
Frog by Bryan Kneale is the third original piece that makes up part of our Loan Collection.
Kneale won the Leverhulme Prize in 1952, the Daily Express Young Painters’ Prize in 1955 and received an Arts Council Purchase Award in 1969. He was elected Royal Academician in 1974 (ARA 1970) and is a Trustee of the Royal Academy of Arts and a Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art. Kneale lives and works in London.