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International Masters: Kenneth Armitage

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Three Figures Three Figures Three Figures

Three Figures

Variation of the artist’s work “The Seasons”
Bronze with golden patina
27.2 x 17.7 x 13.0 in.
1956-1985
Edition of 6
Signature, date & edition on base
Certified by Freites Gallery
Published on Christie’s catalogue “Modern British & Irish Art - Day Sale, 21/06/2016”
Illustrated on pg. 160 of Armitage’s catalogue
Exhibited at Freites Gallery “Escultura de Posguerra”, 2006 & published on exhibit’s catalogue

Kenneth Armitage

Armitage (1916-2002) was born in Leeds on July 18 1916, the youngest of three children, studied at the Leeds College of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art in London before joining the British Army (Royal Artillery) in 1939.

After leaving the army, Armitage became head of the sculpture department at the Bath Academy of Art in 1946. In 1952, he held his first one-man show in London. In 1953, he became Great Britain's first university artist in residence, at the University of Leeds (to 1956). In 1958, he won best international sculpture under age 45 at the Venice Biennale. Armitage was made CBE in 1969 and was elected to the Royal Academy in 1994. In 2001, his sculpture "Both Arms" was erected along with a blue plaque in Millennium Square, Leeds, being unveiled by Nelson Mandela. His 2001 sculpture "Legs walking" was erected in City Square, Leeds outside Mill Hill Chapel in 2018.

Armitage's striking mature style was evident as early as 1952. Most of his works are recognizably human, but are sometimes joined with the forms of animals or furniture. Many displayed quirky humor. Armitage was also interested in ancient Egyptian and Cycladic art and his works have an archaic flavour. He was featured in the 1964 documentary film "5 British Sculptors (Work and Talk)" by American filmmaker Warren Forma. During the 1960s and beyond, Armitage adapted to the styles of the times, sometimes incorporating plastic or spray paint.

Source: Wikipedia

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