SCULPTOR Christopher Le Brun, one of whose most famous works is on show at the New Art Centre at Roche Court near Salisbury, was awarded a knighthood for services to the arts in the New Year honours.
Known as a painter, sculptor and print-maker, Le Brun, who was born in Portsmouth in 1951, and trained at the Slade and Chelsea Schools of Art, was president of the Royal Academy of Arts from 2011 to 2019.
He was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts in 1996, and became the inaugural Professor of Drawing in 2000. During his years as the Academy’s president he oversaw the most significant redevelopment in the Academy’s 250 year history and is widely acknowledged as having revitalised the Academy’s reputation.
His work can be found in museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Yale Center for British Art, New Haven; Tate, the V&A and the British Museum, London; and the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney.
His art is rooted in the long tradition of the English appreciation of landscape and nature, whether expressed in painting, poetry or music, which provide a common ground frequently referred to throughout his work.
Le Brun’s Union (Horse with Two Discs) is one of his most well-known and distinctive sculptures. It is an enduring and triumphant image in the landscape at Roche Court, with the symbol of the horse conjuring up thoughts of progress, optimism and hope. The first cast of the edition is installed at the entrance to the Museum of London.