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(William) Kenneth Armitage

(1916-2002), Sculptor

Sitter in 12 portraits
Armitage was born in Leeds, where he studied at the College of Art before attending the Slade School of Fine Art in London (1937-9). After serving in the army during the Second World War, he was appointed Head of Sculpture at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham, a post he held for ten years. He was Britain's first university artist in residence (at the University of Leeds, 1953-56). Armitage was selected to exhibit at the Venice Biennale in 1952 and in 1958, when he won the prize for best international sculptor under age 45. During the 1960s he adapted to changing art styles, incorporating plastic or spray paint. Armitage was elected to the Royal Academy in 1994.

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(William) Kenneth Armitage, by Lord Snowdon - NPG P797(2)

(William) Kenneth Armitage

by Lord Snowdon
bromide print, 22 April 1964
NPG P797(2)

(William) Kenneth Armitage, by Lord Snowdon - NPG P1940

(William) Kenneth Armitage

by Lord Snowdon
gelatin silver print, 22 April 1964
NPG P1940

(William) Kenneth Armitage, by Ida Kar - NPG x88596

(William) Kenneth Armitage

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1954
NPG x88596

(William) Kenneth Armitage, by Ida Kar - NPG x88597

(William) Kenneth Armitage

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1954
NPG x88597

(William) Kenneth Armitage, by Ida Kar - NPG x88598

(William) Kenneth Armitage

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1954
NPG x88598

(William) Kenneth Armitage, by Ida Kar - NPG x88599

(William) Kenneth Armitage

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1954
NPG x88599

(William) Kenneth Armitage, by Ida Kar - NPG x88600

(William) Kenneth Armitage

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1954
NPG x88600

(William) Kenneth Armitage, by Ida Kar - NPG x133212

(William) Kenneth Armitage

by Ida Kar
quarter-plate film negative, 1954
NPG x133212

(William) Kenneth Armitage, by Elsbeth R. Juda - NPG x136295

(William) Kenneth Armitage

by Elsbeth R. Juda
modern print, 1957
NPG x136295

(William) Kenneth Armitage, by J.S. Lewinski - NPG x13701

(William) Kenneth Armitage

by J.S. Lewinski
bromide print on card mount, 1964
NPG x13701

(William) Kenneth Armitage, by George Newson - NPG x33541

(William) Kenneth Armitage

by George Newson
bromide fibre print, 16 December 1986
NPG x33541

(William) Kenneth Armitage, by Jill Kennington - NPG x127153

(William) Kenneth Armitage

by Jill Kennington
bromide print
NPG x127153


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