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By Gary Nisbet
Michael Alan Snowden
(b. 1930)

Sculptor of figures and portraits in bronze.

Born in Leicestershire, he trained as an art teacher in York before studying sculpture at Camberwell School of Art under Karel Vogel.

He taught there until 1962, joined the staff at ECA , 1964, then became a member of the Scottish Arts Council lecture panel, 1965-72.

He began exhibiting ideal works and mythological subjects at the RSA in 1966, and held his first one-man show in Leicester, 1971.

He has received commissions for sculpture in Southwark Cathedral, London; Livingstone New Town; a Mother and Child group for Cumbernauld; and Baptized Christ, Craiglockhart College, Edinburgh (1968).

His Children of Glasgow Fountain, Kelvingrove Park, was commissioned as the Royal Bank of Scotland's exhibit in the 1988 Glasgow Garden Festival, and was relocated to a site opposite the main (north) entrance to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in 1990, as the Bank's contribution to the City of Culture celebrations.

The fountain was removed c.2004, as part of the redesign of the area and the restoration of the museum.

Snowden was elected ARSA , 1974, and RSA , 1985.


Works in our Database:
1: Kelvingrove Park (West End),
In front of north entrance to Glasgow Art Gallery and Museum
Children of Glasgow Fountain (1988)
Sculptor: MA Snowden
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