'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]
£4,800.00

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Bronze
Stamped BK 81
Cast 1981

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

Exhibited
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.