'The longer I look at Bryan Kneale's work, the more I see that, for all its poise and balance, it is powered by disruption. These pieces use stress and tension, thrust and counterthrust, controlled energy and contained reaction to negotiate a provisional stability between opposing forces.' (Hilary Spurling).
This exhibition includes work from the Arts Council Collection and related works from the artist's studio. Recognised as a leading British sculptor, Kneale's influential works have inspired generations.
He stopped painting in 1959 and after learning to weld at his brother-in-law's farm, he moved to Fulham a year later and based himself at a forge from where he began to produce and construct abstract sculpture. Working mainly in iron and steel, Kneale also experimented with other materials such as aluminium, perspex, brass and wood; sometimes bringing the different materials together to create contrast between the intrinsic qualities of each material. His new found direction of working in three dimensions resulted in his first sculpture exhibition in 1960.
Since retiring from the Royal College in 1995, Kneale has been busy making new work resulting in several solo exhibitions including the Hart Gallery in 2002, 2007 and in June 2009; and a retrospective exhibition at the RBS galleries in May 2009. Kneale has also participated in a number of international group shows such as John Moores ('61), Battersea Park, Sculpture International ('63), Bochum, Germany ('64), British Sculpture of the 60's at the Tate Gallery ('66), New British Painting and Sculpture ('67-8), New Art, Hayward Gallery ('75), Whitechapel Gallery ('88), Goodwood Sculpture Park ('96), Exhibition Animaux, Paris ('99), Mandria Park, Turin ('00) and Bronze, British Contemporary Sculpture ('00).