Armitage, Kenneth (1916-2002)

Kenneth Armitage, British sculptor (born July 18, 1916, Leeds, Eng.—died Jan. 22, 2002, London, Eng.), created semi-abstract bronzes, many of which displayed a quirky humour that put him at the forefront of post-World War II British art. Armitage was the Head of Sculpture at the Bath Academy of Art (1946–56) and was Britain’s first university artist in residence at the University of Leeds (1953–56). He was selected to exhibit at the Venice Biennale in 1952 and in 1958, when he won the prize for best international sculptor under age 45. During the 1960s and beyond, he adapted to changing art styles, sometimes incorporating plastic or spray paint. His mature bronzes were often first formed in clay and then cast in monumental size. Armitage was made CBE in 1969 and was elected to the Royal Academy in 1994.


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