SIR ROY CALNE
“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.
58 x 42 cm
2017 BLOOM, Solo exhibition at SGFA @ Gallery Residence
2013 The Art of Giving, Solo exhibition at SGFA, Gallery Residence, KL
2011 Looking to See, Solo exhibition of New Works. SGFA, Gallery Residence, KL
2008 Solo exhibition of New Works. SGFA, Gallery Residence, KL
2003 Exhibition of Works. Churchill College, Cambridge
Solo exhibition of New Works, SGFA, KL
2001 Exhibition of Works, Trinity Hall, Cambridge
1998 Solo exhibition of New Works, SGFA, KL
1993 Bangkok, 3rd Congress of Asian Soc. Of Transplantation
1992 Singapore, 1st Int.Congress on Transplantation in Developing Countries.
1991 The Barbican, London
Medical – Selected landmarks
1998-2003 Yeoh Ghim Professor of Surgery, National University of Singapore and Consultant of Novartis
1998 Professor of Surgery Emeritus, Cambridge University
1992-1994 President of the International Transplantation Society
1992 First intestinal transplant in the United Kingdom
1986 Knight Bachelor
1979 First pancreas transplant in the United Kingdom
1978 First clinical use of new potent immunosuppressant cyclosporine following laboratory experiments in the Cambridge Department of Surgery
1974 Elected Fellow of the Royal Society
1968 Started first European Liver Transplant Programme – now more than 1,200 cases
1965 Appointed Professor of Surgery, University of Cambridge and Fellow of Trinity
General Surgeon with special interest in organ transplantation
Started Cambridge kidney transplant programme – now more than 1,600 cases
1998 Philip Morris Asean Art Exhibition Tour, Singapore Art Museum & Brunei Museum
Recent Acquisitions 1995-1998 Exhibition, National Art Gallery, Malaysia
1960-1961 Harkness Fellow at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital at Harvard Medical School in Boston
1959 Started research on organ transplantation at the Royal College of Surgeons of England and described the first effective immunosuppression using
6-mercaptopurine for kidney transplantation
1952 Medical Graduate Guys Hospital, London
Too Many People, pub. Calder 1994.
Art Surgery and Transplantation, pub. Williams and Wilkins 1996.
The Ultimate Gift pub. Headline 1998.
Numerous ArticlesOther interests : Tennis, squash, skiing.Prizes, Honorary Doctorates and Fellowships – see WHO’S WHO entry
The Fight, 2007
Watercolour on paper
54 x 37 cm
Dancers Ed. 10, 2005
54 x 39 cm
Charcoal on paper
40 x 30 cm
Bending Figure, 2002
Charcoal and oil pastel
50 x 35 cm