Bryan Kneale studied at the Royal Academy from 1948 to 1952. He won a Rome Scholarship from 1949 to 1951. He became a tutor at the Royal College of Art Sculpture School from 1964 to 1980 and then a Fellow of the Royal College of Art in 1972. He became Master of Sculpture at the Royal Academy from 1982 to 1985 and Professor of Sculpture at the Royal Academy from 1985 to 1990. He returned to the Royal College of Art as Professor of Drawing from 1990 to 1995.
In 1977 He organised the prestigious Battersea Park Silver Jubilee Sculpture Exhibition and has had numerous solo exhibitions in the UK. In 1978 he had a one-man show at the Serpentine Gallery. His work has been included in several group exhibitions; the Whitechapel Gallery, Tate Gallery, Hayward Gallery and the Royal Academy are just some of the key venues.
The Arts Council of Great Britain, the Contemporary Arts Society, the Museum of Modern Art New York, the National History Museum and the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge house his work in their public collections amongst several other notable institutions.
Nicholas Usherwood commenting in 'Galleries Magazine' in September 1995 enthuses over Kneale's eloquence as a teacher. He also goes on to describe what he refers to as Kneale's 'intense scrutiny of structure'.