Michael Sandle RA

I wanted to see Michael Sandle’s exhibition at Flowers East, as I am a long-standing admirer of his work, having tried – and failed – to get him to undertake a commission for the NPG (the Trustees turned down a proposal that Michael should do a bust of W.G Sebald on the grounds that Sebald was insufficiently British).   Much of the work is from the 1980s, dark and monumental, and now wildly and magnificently unfashionable.   Particularly strong is his limewood carving Iraq – The Sound of Your Silence (2009) which was shown at the Summer Exhibition:-

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The artist happened to be there, looking a bit dark himself:-

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