John McKenna

John McKenna

Sculpture, Craft/Design, Visual Art

United Kingdom


Artist’s statement

“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.”

John McKenna sculptor ARBS.