Kenneth Armitage CBE
(1916 – 2002), the prize winning, innovative sculptor, trained at Leeds College of Art and the Slade.He exhibited widely with solo shows at the Venice Biennale, Whitechapel Art Gallery, Marlborough Gallery, Gimpel Fils, and touring solo shows including for the Arts Council and Gallery Kasahara (Japan) as well as in group exhibitions.
His work is in the permanent collections of Tate Britain, Leeds Art Gallery, The Whitworth, The Government Art Collection, The Hepworth Wakefield and major galleries and museums in Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Mexico, The Netherlands, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, USA and Venezuela. He was Head of Sculpture at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham; Gregory Fellow in Sculpture, Leeds University; Visiting Professor at Caracas University and Boston University; and Tutor and Visiting Lecturer at the RCA. His 80thbirthday was celebrated with a major exhibition at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Centenary exhibitions, for which two major publications were produced, were held at The Victoria Art Gallery Bath, University of Leeds, The Tetley (with Jessie Flood-Paddock) and Canary Wharf.