(b. 1936)



Time & Identity (2014)


Michael Sandle is a British artist born in Weymouth, Dorset in 1936. He currently lives and works in London. 

Michael Sandle is widely regarded as one of the countries leading sculptors. His monumental artworks relate to humanist and societal themes of war, media manipulation, politics and destruction. His work continues to be emphatically critical of what he describes as the "heroic decadence" of capitalism and its involvement in ongoing global conflict, suffering and manipulation.

Sandles’ career has been long and illustrious. In 1982 he was elected as an associate member of the Royal Academy and later elected as a Royal Academician in 1990. From 1995 -1998 he was appointed the Senior Research Fellow at the De Montfort University. He has been awarded DAAD grant under the ‘Artists in Berlin’ programme in 1974, the Nobutaka Shikanai Prize at the 1st Rodin Grand Prize Exhibition in Japan, in 1986 the major prize in the 7th International Small Sculpture in Budapest in 1987 and a major award (Korn Ferry) at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 1989, the Kenneth Armitage Fellowship 2004-6 and the Hugh Casson Drawing Prize, Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition in 2007. He has had solo exhibitions at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, the Diploma Gallery in the Royal Academy of Arts, the Imperial War Museum, the Tate in Liverpool and the Duveen Gallery in the Tate Britain. He has also exhibited at the Hayward Gallery, the Serpentine Gallery and the Arnolfini Gallery as well as numerous public and private art galleries worldwide. Sandle’s work is in major art collections including the Arnolfini Gallery, the Arts Council Collection, the Australian National Gallery, the British Council, Bundesministerium des Innern in Bonn, the Contemporary Art Society, Dallas Museum of Art, the Government Collection, the Hakone Open Air Museum in Japan, Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, the Imperial War Museum, Leeds City Art Gallery, Leicester Museum & Art Gallery, the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Museum of Art in Dallas, Muzeum Narodowe in Gdansk, Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz, Manx Heritage Museum in the Isle of Man, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Sydney Bestoff Sculpture Gardens, New Orleans, the Tate Britain and the V&A Museum. His monumental commissions include ‘Saint George and the Dragon’ in the courtyard of the former Reuters Office at Blackfriars in London, the ‘Malta Siege-Bell’ Memorial in the Grand Harbour in Valletta, the ‘Memorial to the Victims of a Helicopter Disaster’ in Mannheim in Germany, the ‘Memorial to Lifeboatmen’ at Marine Gardens in Isle of Man and ’The Seafarer’s Memorial’ at the International Maritime Organization World HQ in London. Michael Sandle is represented by Anima-Mundi.