As a former painter, Kneale began working with sheet steel because of the immediacy with which he could work. Rather than going through the laborious and staggered process of moulding and casting a work, sheet steel allowed him to work directly with a sculpture from its beginning to its final form. Kneale found this method to be liberating because it allowed his imagination to drive the piece, rather than working towards an abstracted outcome obscured by complex steps of technical process.
Triton III refers to the Greek god who was the son of Poseidon and Amphitrite, god and goddess of the sea. Triton was known to use his conch shell to calm or raise the waves of the sea by blowing upon it like a horn.
Triton had the upper body of a male and the lower body of a fish’s tail. The composition of Triton III forms associations with this bi-form structure. Kneale’s use of stainless steel and varied finishes allows for the large surfaces at the base of the work to pick up the reflections of the blue sky reminiscent of the ocean depths in which Triton dwelled.
Triton also signifies ‘of the third’, a reference reinforced by this work’s composition and title.