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John McKenna - John McKenna A4A art for architecture creates public artworks

Jimmy 'Jinky' Johnstone statue, Viewpark, Glasgow. Cast bronze by McKenna at his A4A studio foundry.
Brownhills Colossus, 46 feet/13 metres high stainless steel, fabricated.
Auchengeich
Echo & Narcissus, bronze figures, limited edition artworks by John McKenna, cast at A4A studio foundry
John 'Jock' Stein, bronze portrait, from McKenna's statue outside Celtic's Parkhead stadium, Glasgow.

Biography

John McKenna

I work in a variety of scales, colossal, heroic, domestic, on public and private commissions, producing my own designs or rising readily to the challenge of a client’s design brief. My smaller works using the human form seek to achieve balance, sensitivity and quietude for the observer to contemplate, aiming to pacify the senses in an increasingly demanding social environment. Originally I was trained in a strict traditional academic figurative discipline under the auspices of Dame Elizabeth Frink and always prefer to create sculpture modelled with observed naturalism and empathy with the subject, whilst imbuing dynamic creativity.

? I have extensive working experience and practical design sense to undertake large-scale public art projects drawing on nearly twenty years of sculpture experience. I work with a variety of media, including large cast bronzes and stainless steel structures, aluminium, glazed brick architectural reliefs, metalwork fabrication, stone and cast stone. This cumulative mass of experience and genuine creativity has enabled me over the years to resolve many artworks leaving as many delighted collectors, clients and the public to enjoy my work for generations to come.

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Medium

  • sculptor, bronze, steel - painting acrylics, oil, clay, mixed media, ceramics

Location

  • Strathclyde

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Recent Exhibitions

Port Glasgow Sculpture commission, competition for large public artwork, www.portglasgowsculpture.co.uk awarded to John McKenna Extra Information Significant artworks of John McKenna include the 'Colossus of Brownhills' a 46 foot/13m high fabricated stainless steel figure of a miner for the Staffordshire town of Brownhills. Another large artwork of 7m x 7m fabricated in sheet bronze was made as the main artwork in the Grand Lobby area of the trans-Atlantic Cunard liner, the Queen Mary 2. One of his most significant works to date was a life-size bronze sculpture group of Jersey Cattle for the capital city of Jersey, in the Channel Islands. During this project John had the great honour and unique opportunity of showing his work in progress cattle sculpture to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh. Back home in Scotland John has created bronze statues, several of them in Glasgow, including the Jock Stein statue at the Park Head stadium and the Auchengeich mining memorial, at Moodiesburn.

Other Information

Significant artworks of John McKenna include the 'Colossus of Brownhills' a 46 foot/13m high fabricated stainless steel figure of a miner for the Staffordshire town of Brownhills. Another large artwork of 7m x 7m fabricated in sheet bronze was made as the main artwork in the Grand Lobby area of the trans-Atlantic Cunard liner, the Queen Mary 2. One of his most significant works to date was a life-size bronze sculpture group of Jersey Cattle for the capital city of Jersey, in the Channel Islands. During this project John had the great honour and unique opportunity of showing his work in progress cattle sculpture to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh. Back home in Scotland John has created bronze statues, several of them in Glasgow, including the Jock Stein statue at the Park Head stadium and the Auchengeich mining memorial, at Moodiesburn.

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