In 1948 Bryan Kneale won the Rome Prize, and spent his time travelling in Italy where he was greatly influenced by the work of the Futurists and metaphysical painters. His early ambition was to be a painter, and on returning to London in 1951 he started to paint using palette knives as a method of ‘constructing’ with paint. In 1960, having learnt welding techniques, Kneale turned to three–dimensional work and held his first exhibition of sculpture. An overriding characteristic of Kneale’s work is an interest in linkages: the way in which separate forms are conjoined. Skeletons and joints of animals were explored through drawing and construction in metal. Kneale prefers to work directly in metal rather than modelling in an intermediary material before casting. Recent pieces have been constructed from spun steel domes, which Kneale cuts and re-aligns in abstract forms and finishes in a variety of ways.