Michael Sandle – work

  • 13th Oct 2016
  • Stephen Lawrence Gallery


Poster - Mike Aling

Poster – Mike Aling

The second in the 2016-17 series of Hawksmoor public lectures.

Michael Sandle was born in Weymouth, Dorset, in 1936. He studied at Douglas School of Art and Technology, Isle of Man (1951-54), and attended evening classes at Chester College of Art during his two years National Service in the Royal Artillery. From 1956 to 1959 he studied printmaking at the Slade School of Fine Art, London, under tutors who included Ceri Richards and Lucian Freud. He then spent a year traveling in Europe.

Sandle taught in leading British art schools throughout the 1960s, in Alberta and British Columbia, Canada in the early 1970s and thereafter in Germany. From 1980 he was Professor of Sculpture at the Akadenmie der Bildenden Kunste, Karlsruhe. He has now retired from teaching and lives in Dorset.

Sandle has exhibited widely and undertaken many commissions, the most significant being the Memorial of the Victims of a Helicopter Disaster, Mannheim (1985) and perhaps his most ambitious project to date, the architecture and sculpture for the Malta Siege Memorial (1989-93), a vast project which included not only a major figurative sculpture, but also a thirteen-tonne bronze bell. Themes of war, death, destruction, inhumanity and media manipulation are constant in his work, as he treads a path outside the fashionable mainstream.

He was elected Royal Academician in 1989 (he resigned in 1998 in objection to the ‘Sensation’ exhibition and was re-elected in 2004) and Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1994. In 1986 he was awarded the Rodin Grand Prize, Japan’s most prestigious contemporary art award.