Exhibition Galleries One & Two, Art Gallery
Professor Michael Sandle RA, who studied at Chester School of Art, is widely recognised as one of the finest sculptors in the world and is also a brilliant draughtsman and printmaker.
Michael Sandle’s work explores the themes of violence, war, death and memorialisation, making this a particularly appropriate exhibition for the year in which we commemorate the centenary of the end of the Great War. In direct response to the horrors of our age, his art presents a powerful critique of the abuse of power in global conflict, politics and culture, and the accompanying cynicism and hypocrisy.
The exhibition presents the immensely powerful work of this important artist, whose international status is unmatched in his field by any other British artist of his generation. With sculptures, drawings and prints spanning sixty years, it offers an extraordinary aesthetic, intellectual and emotional experience for our visitors.
The exhibition is accompanied by a lavishly illustrated book. This offers a wealth of contextual information on the artist and his work, provides a permanent record of the exhibition, and forms a major reference work of lasting value.
Michael Sandle RA was born in Dorset in 1936, lived in Douglas on the Isle of Man 1942-54, and while on National Service in 1954-5 attended evening classes at Chester School of Art, then housed in the Grosvenor Museum. He studied in Douglas, London and Paris, and taught in Britain and Canada. He lived in Germany 1973-99, becoming Professor of Sculpture at Pforzheim and then at Karlsruhe. He has exhibited across five continents and his work is in public collections around the world. A Senior Royal Academician, his most notable public commissions include ‘St George and the Dragon’ 1987-8 in London, the ‘Malta Siege-Bell Memorial’ 1988-92 in Valletta, and ‘The Seafarers’ Memorial’ 2000-1 in London.
This is one of the most ambitious art exhibitions ever mounted by the Grosvenor Museum. It would not have been possible without the support of Flowers Gallery, the Grosvenor Museum Society, the Henry Moore Foundation, the Finnis Scott Foundation, the Westminster Foundation, the University of Chester, the Granada Foundation, RA250 UK with Art Fund (a programme of exhibitions and events around the UK to celebrate 250 years of the Royal Academy of Arts), the Isle of Man Arts Council, and Hiscox. We are profoundly grateful for their exceptionally generous support.
Grosvenor Museum Society
Henry Moore Foundation
Finnis Scott Foundation
University of Chester
Isle of Man Arts Council