Sculptor, painter and teacher, born in Douglas, Isle of Man. He studied at Douglas School of Art, 1947, then Royal Academy Schools, 1948–52, being a Rome Scholar in painting, 1949–51. Kneale began making sculpture at the end of the 1950s, a move which he later described as inevitable, because of his preoccupation with form. At first it was welded steel sculptures, but he later added other materials. Kneale was an abstract sculptor who drew on such inspirations as anthropomorphic and vegetal forms. Teaching included Royal Academy Schools and Royal College of Art, where he was first professor of drawing until 1995. Was made RA in 1973. His work appeared in group shows such as John Moores Exhibition Liverpool, 1961; the 1966–7 Sculpture from the Arts Council Collection show; and 1977 Silver Jubilee Contemporary British Sculpture Exhibition in Battersea Park, London.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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