Shalini Ganendra Fine Art advisory
SIR ROY CALNE b.1930 England “Life is short, the art is long.” So wrote Hippocrates. Life is now longer thanks to the miracles of modern medicine, some of which have been created by Sir Roy Calne. Calne, an award-winning transplant surgeon and former Professor of Surgery at Cambridge University, has contributed to life and art – to make both longer and fuller. He has been twice nominated for the Nobel. As a child, Sir Roy was fascinated by drawing, images and colour. He went on to qualify and excel in the field of medicine, but continued his interest in art. In 1988, the distinguished Scottish painter John Bellany had a liver transplant and during his recuperation, he and Sir Roy became friends. The artist gave the surgeon art lessons and through this exchange, Sir Roy realized more fully the impact of painting – both in capturing and communicating an image to a viewer or subject and, from the artist’s perspective, the process of creating that image. He also realized the immense benefit derived from painting patients, who relaxed under his artistic gaze, and appreciated the time for conversing. In the past few years, Calne has painted friends and colleagues, adults and children and a host of other subjects. In the last decade he has ventured into sculpting and produced figurative bronzes that are energized with movement.
Lolypop, 2016 Watercolour 58 x 42 cm
The Fight, 2007 Watercolour on paper 54 x 37 cm
Dancers Ed. 10, 2005 Bronze Flowers, 2007 Watercolour 54 x 39 cm
Sleep Charcoal on paper 40 x 30 cm Bending Figure, 2002 Charcoal and oil pastel 50 x 35 cm