Flower & Butterfly, Watercolour on paper, 2004

Flute player, Oil on board, 2007

Lollypop, Watercolour on paper, (58cm x42cm), 2006

Sleep, Charcoal on paper, (40cm x30cm)

Jazz Series, Bronze, 2001, (H60cm x W72cm)

Heart,  Bronze, 2007, (H50cmx W 20cm)

Hands , Bronze, 2007, (H42cm & W32cm)
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 realised 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 energised with movement.


Significant Exhibitions

2011   Looking to See, Solo exhibition at SGFA, Gallery Residence, KL
2008   Solo -  SGFA The Private Gallery, Malaysia
2003   Churchill College, Cambridge
Solo  - SGFA The Private Gallery, Malaysia
2001   Trinity Hall
1998   Solo - SGFA The Private Gallery, Malaysia
1994   Kyoto, Japan
Rio De Janeiro
1993   Bangkok, 3rd Congress of Asian Soc. Of  Transplantation
Richmond Gallery, London
Leeds, UK
Cambridge UK 
Edinburgh UK
1992   New Orleans
Singapore, 1st Int.Congress on Transplantation in Developing Countries.
1991   New York sponsored by Sandoz
Germany (touring exhibition – Essen, Leipzig, Bonn)
Basle, Switzerland
Rotterdam, Netherlands
The Barbican, London

Medical Selected landmarks

1998-03   Yeoh Ghim Professor of Surgery, National University of Singapore and Consultant of Novartis
1998   Professor of Surgery Emeritus, Cambridge University
1992-94   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 Hall
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
1960-61   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 an described the first effective immunosuppression using 6-mercaptopurine for kidney transplantation
1952   Medical Graduate Guys Hospital, London

Select Publications

Too Many People, pub. Calder 1994.
Art Surgery and Transplantation, pub. Williams and Wilkins 1996.
The Ultimate Gift pub. Headline 1998.
Numerous Articles

Other interests : Tennis, squash, skiing.

Prizes, Honorary Doctorates and Fellowships - see WHO'S WHO entry
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