15th November 2005
A New Limited Edition Miniature Sculpture by Bryan Kneale
Manx National Heritage has announced the launch of a special limited edition miniature sculpture by internationally acclaimed Manx born artist Bryan Kneale. Hand crafted in sterling silver, ‘The Legs of Man’ sculpture is the offspring of Bryan Kneale’s millennium work, which stands outside the Island’s Airport.
With only 100 of ‘The Legs of Man’ sculptures being produced, and only 50 available before Christmas, the launch of the miniature sculpture is set to create great interest locally, on an international scale and especially with collectors worldwide.
To meet Bryan Kneale’s exacting standards his original scaled down creation was separated into four sections and cast in the finest sterling silver, using the old traditional methods of lost wax casting. Each piece was then hand crafted and reassembled by silversmiths, giving each piece its own character and uniqueness.
Stephen Harrison, Director of Manx National Heritage said:
“Bryan Kneale is one of our most important living sculptors. Manx National Heritage is proud to have this opportunity to present a limited edition miniature of ‘The Legs of Man’ and extremely grateful to Bryan for donating his time and expertise to this project. I am sure the sculpture will bring great pleasure to the 100 people who become the lucky owners of this very Manx limited edition.
Manx National Heritage would like to thank Bryan Kneale for producing this exclusive sculpture, and for his generosity in offering all proceeds of its sale towards enhancing and developing the Isle of Man’s National Art Collection at the Manx Museum”.
Bryan Kneale said:
“Every Manxman is an ambassador for the Island and although I live in London my thoughts are constantly making contact with the Island.
The miniature sculpture is a tangible expression of the intense inspiration I draw from the Island and its heritage”.
The ‘The Legs of Man’ sterling silver sculpture stands approximately 200mm high, presented on a copper top oval base. Each sculpture comes in a presentation box which includes a numbered certificate of authenticity. The first 50 sculptures will be available from the Heritage Shop at the Manx Museum from the 8th December 2005, priced at £1,000 each excluding VAT, postage and packing.
Further details on 'The Legs of Man' can be obtained from the Heritage Shop at the Manx Museum, or by visiting the Manx National Heritage website www.storyofmann.com. Alternatively, please click here.
Bryan Kneale is one of the most accomplished Manx artists, whose talent and pioneering work in painting and sculpture has earned him international acclaim. He originally studied painting at the Douglas School of Art, and later at the Royal Academy Schools in London from 1948 to 1952, where he received the Rome Scholarship in painting.
In 1960, Bryan Kneale moved from painting to sculpting, and became Head of Sculpture at Hornsey College of Art and Design. This was followed by a career at the Royal College of Art, where he became Tutor (1963 to 1980), Senior Tutor (1980 to 1985) and Professor of Drawing (1990 to 1995). He was also Professor of Sculpture at the Royal Academy Schools from 1980 to 1987. He was elected Royal Academician in 1974 and is a Trustee of the Royal Academy of Arts and a Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art.
Bryan Kneale’s work can be found in collections throughout Europe and the United States, including the Tate Gallery in London. His work is also prominently featured in the Isle of Man, where great pride is taken in acknowledging his achievements and contribution to Manx artistic heritage.
The Island is fortunate to have commissioned many examples of Bryan Kneale’s work including his Millennium piece, the ‘Three Legs of Man’, The ‘Hall Caine’ Monument standing at Strathallan Crescent, ‘Backbone of Herring’ or Deemster’s Oath, which can be seen at the Courthouse Atrium and the ‘Monumental Sculpture’, Yn Arreyder (“The Watcher”), which was presented to Manx National Heritage by the Royal Academy of Arts and stands in the grounds of the Manx Museum, overlooking Douglas Bay.
More recently Bryan Kneale’s statue of Manx Trafalgar hero Captain John Quilliam was unveiled in the Speaker’s Garden, Castletown and a further example of his work will soon be seen in Malew, where a statue of Illiam Dhone is soon to be unveiled.