Columbia Threadneedle Prize 2016
Michael Sandle RA
Michael Sandle Threadneedle Prize
Michael Sandle has exhibited his sculpture, drawings and prints widely, including the Paris Biennale, the Sao Paulo Biennial and the Documenta in Kassel, Germany. He has works in many public collections and museums, including the Tate, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Australian National Gallery in Canberra, the Hakone Museum in Japan and the British Museum.
Brought up in the Isle of Man, his connection to the island began around 1942 when his father was stationed there with the Royal Navy. Michael has lived and worked in the UK, Canada and predominately in Germany, where he stayed from 1973 until 1999. He now lives in London.
Michael’s public works include the International Seafarer’s Memorial, sited outside the headquarters of the International Maritime Organisation in London and the WW2 Malta Siege Memorial, sited at the entrance to the Grand Harbour in Valetta. For the latter he was awarded the Henry Hering Memorial Medal by the National Sculpture Society of America. Themes of war, death, destruction, inhumanity and media manipulation are constant in his work, as he treads a path outside the fashionable mainstream.
He is now a member of the Royal Academy again, although his relations with that body could be described as ‘often stormy’. He resigned in 1997 – staying out seven years - in protest over what he construed as the Academy’s ‘ducking and weaving’ over the inclusion of the Myra Hindley portrait – against the wishes of the mother of one of the ‘Moors Murders’ victims. He was made a Fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors in 1994.