Ian Rank - Broadley FRSS
Royal Effigy_editedDate 1998
Material Gold, Silver, Bronze & Cupro-nickel
Size UK & Commonwealth coinage sizes
Sitter HM Queen
Size 1.25 x life-size
Location Private collection
Sitter French Emperor & Military Leader
As a student in the 1970s at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London Ian Rank-Broadley eschewed the prevailing fashions of the day and dedicated himself to study of the figure. The intuitive understanding of the body and its movement is crucial to Rank-Broadley's working method. With an impressive ability for modelling the figure, whether a few inches high or one and a half times life-size, he continues to work for many distinguished clients and patrons.
He is passionate about the use of bronze, a material that can simulate the tactile and aesthetic qualities of the figure.
As a superb craftsman with the ability to produce works that are arresting and powerful, he has gained a considerable reputation as a sculptor. Two large sculptural groups stand at the centre of the Armed Forces Memorial, at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, for which he was awarded the Marsh Award for Public Sculpture in 2008.
His effigy of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II has been used on all coinage of the U.K. and Commonwealth since 1998; and he won the first Olin-Stones prize for relief portraiture in 2003.
Work by Ian Rank-Broadley appears in the following collections: The Royal Collection, Windsor Castle; British Museum; National Portrait Gallery; Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; Staatliche Museen, Berlin; Rijksmuseum, Leiden; also private collections in Europe and USA. He lives in a Georgian farmhouse in Gloucestershire with his studio in the grounds. In 1996 he was granted the Freedom of the City of London.
1970-74 Sculpture, Epsom School of Art, studied under Bruce McLean
1974-76 Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, Post-graduate studies under Reg Butler, Michael Kenny & John Davies
1976-77 Boise Scholarship. Studied in Rome and visited Naples, Florence, Venice & Paris
1977 Assistant to Reg Butler during work on late painted
Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
2002, British Sporting Trust Prize - Society of Equestrian Artists
The Royal Collection, Windsor Castle, England
The British Museum, London, England
The National Portrait Gallery, London, England
The Royal Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland
The Royal Mint, England
2002, 1st Olin-Stones prize for relief portraiture - Society of Portrait Sculptors
2002, Gold Award & Special Prize - Craftsmanship & Design Awards Goldsmiths' Craft & Design Council
2002, Coin effigy of HM Queen used by British Hallmarking Council for Golden Jubilee Hallmark
2001, Winner of Royal Mint competition for effigy of HM Queen for Golden Jubilee crown & medal
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