'Oasa' Bryan Kneale RA b.1930

'Oasa' Bryan Kneale RA b.1930

Circa 1981
Stock Number: 12487/GSO
Height 12.00 cm [0 ft 5 ins]
Width 13.00 cm [0 ft 5 ins]
Depth 14.00 cm [0 ft 6 ins]

Artist's Resale Right applies @ 4%

Stamped BK 81
Cast 1981

Mr R Warby
Purchased Redfern Gallery Exhibition September 29 – October 23, 1981

1981 Redfern Gallery Cork Street London
Bryan Kneale New Sculpture Catalogue Number 13 – Title OASA

Bryan Kneale b. 1930
Born on the Isle of Man, Bryan is a ‘Manxman’. As an
artist he completed training at the Royal Academy
Schools 1952, previously, on winning the Rome
Scholarship, he travelled through Italy ‘the entire Italian
culture (is) sculptural’. It is noted that his first sculptural
awakening was a 17th century ‘figure of a soldier in
armor’ seen in Verona, however, it could also be said
that a warm shard of buckled shrapnel from a German
shell, brought to him by his father on his childhood
sickbed, had a profound influence. First a painter he
‘constructed’ images using a pallet knife, though it was
in 1960 that he found his meter in sculpture. Having
learnt welding techniques Bryan’s first solo show
came in 1966 at the Whitechapel Gallery. He later in
1974 became the first Abstract Sculptor elected RA
on his condition that he curate an exhibition of active
sculptors (24) in the UK, since described as ‘the most
ground-breaking exhibition of contemporary sculpture
held in Britain’. │ The works here, though in the same
style, are some time apart in conception. ‘Oasa’ 1981
exhibited at the Redfern Gallery has an architectural
quality, it reminds me of a Gehry project. ‘I always
liked the idea of being totally in charge of the shape’.
‘Spine’ 2004 alludes to Bryan’s fascination with bones
and the unseen skeletal linkage. │ A teacher Bryan
was; Head of Sculpture at Hornsey College of Art and
Design, Professor of Sculpture at the Royal Academy
Schools from 1980 – 87, Head of Sculpture 1985 – 90 and
Professor of Drawing 1990 – 95 at the Royal College of
Art. Bryan has had many retrospectives, any number of
solo shows and participated in many group exhibitions.
His work is held in public and private collections
throughout the world.