Kenneth Armitage 1916-2002
Born in Leeds in 1916, Kenneth Armitage studied at Leeds College of Art from 1934 – 37 followed by the Slade School of Fine Art, London from 1937 – 39. His pre-war sculpture of this period was mainly carvings, most of which he later destroyed.
During the Second World War Armitage served in the army and then, after the war ended, became Head of Sculpture at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham, a post he held for ten years. It is during this period that he began to work in bronze.
Kenneth Armitage was one of eight young British sculptors, including Reg Butler, Lynn Chadwick, Robert Adams and Geoffrey Clarke whose work, when first shown at the Venice Biennale in 1952, was dubbed by Herbert Read ‘the geometry of fear’. Their sculptures, with spiky, fragmented forms, seemed to encapsulate the bewildered anguish of this post-war generation. ... read more
Make It New opens at Frieze Masters on 11 October and builds on previous gallery exhibitions, looking anew at the progressive and innovative approach to materials and processes in post war British Art. It is not a uniform linear progression of one school but a kaleidoscope of ideas, materials and…
In the course of many exhibitions of post war British art curated at Osborne Samuel, one name would continually arise – that of Lilian Somerville. 144pp
Catalogue introduction: This summer’s Modern British exhibition will follow our usual pattern, opening at the gallery in June and then will partially transfer to the Masterpiece fair in Chelsea. For this year TEFAF Maastricht is also in June, Friday 24th – Thursday 30th, which has given us the unique challenge…
Catalogue introduction: Last summer’s Modern British exhibition was a significant challenge with the various lock downs restricting access to the gallery. Like all galleries we did what we could online with presentations and videos and virtual reality shows but we know deep down that our friends and collectors prefer the…
Catalogue introduction: It is a year since our last Modern British exhibition, and no one could have predicted to what extent our lives would be changed in recent months. Like any other gallery we have had to quickly adapt to a new world, learn how to present our inventory in…
Catalogue for the successful Modern British Art exhibition held at Osborne Samuel Gallery, London, 13 June – 13 July 2018.
Catalogue for the successful Modern British Art exhibition held at Osborne Samuel Gallery, London, 16 June – 30 July 2016.
Catalogue for the new Twentieth Century British Art exhibition held at Osborne Samuel Gallery, London of works from Private Collections. Exhibition dates 23 October – 15 November 2014.
Catalogue for the Twentieth Century British Art exhibition held at Osborne Samuel Gallery, 31 October – 30 November 2013.
Catalogue for the successful Twentieth Century British Art exhibition held at Osborne Samuel Gallery, London of painting, sculpture, drawing and prints 16 June – 9 July 2011.
Prints have always been an integral part of our activities at Osborne Samuel Gallery. This catalogue was produced to accompany the exhibition at the gallery from 9 May – 4 June, 2016.