Mickey Mouse Head with Spikes 1980
Michael Sandle studied at Douglas School of Art and Technology, Isle of Man from 1951 to 1954 and the Slade School of Fine Art, London from 1956 to 1959. In his early work he emphasised craftsmanship and the search for symbols, rejecting the formalism increasingly common in sculpture of the period. Throughout the 1960s and '70s he worked on a small range of individual works in which he explored abstract and figurative idioms.
Following his appointment as professor of sculpture at Pforzheim, Germany in 1973, and at Karlsruhe, Germany in 1980, Sandle's work became more monumental, partly in response to a series of significant commemorative commissions. His work voices criticisms of what Sandle describes as 'the heroic decadence' of capitalism, in particular its appetite for global conflict. He has also attacked the media for packaging and sanitising the destructiveness of war. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1994.
News and Events
Michael Sandle RA in conversation with Tim MarlowLondon
13 February, 11:00am – 1:00pm
CONFLICT: Annual Fellows’ Event 2016Royal British Society of Sculptors
3 February, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Opening Reception - Michael Sandle 'Time, Transition and Dissent'London
21 January, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Michael Sandle spoke to Russia Today on 17 December 2018 to discuss the West’s regime-change wars and how they are brought to life in his sculptures. (Interview begins at 13 minutes).