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Date made: 1954

Artist: Kneale, Bryan

Description: Manx born Bryan Kneale (b.1930) is best known for his sculptures, but in the 1950s he was working as a portrait painter. The piece was collected by Manx National Heritage in 1968, and demonstrates an early effort to ensure contemporary artists were also represented in the national art collections. We have a number of his portraits and sculptures in the collections. Ugo was painted using a palette knife, and its execution illustrates the sculptural quality of Kneale's work in the 1950s.

Recently Bryan Kneale recalls seeing the painting in the Manx Museum Art Gallery: 'I was quite surprised to see that painting of UGO after all this time…I remember painting it after I returned from Italy, and it was likely to have been shown in my first exhibition at the Redfern Gallery in 1954.’

Measurements: unframed artwork: 74 cm x 54 cm

Materials: oil on canvas

Object name: painting

Collection: Art Collection

ID number: 1968-0082

Subject tags : #artgallerypeople


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