A4A Art for Architecture & John McKenna create bronze sculpture, public art sculpture, brick relief sculpture, architectural relief art, garden statuary, terracotta sculpture, glazed brick friezes, stone carving, mosaic, letter carving, steel welded artworks, wrought iron works, figurative sculpture, narrative sculpture, mythological sculpture, monumental sculpture, fountain sculpture, cast stone, cast aluminium, art consultancy, design installation, lighting, street furniture, bollards, art workshops, commissions undertaken, sculpture workshops, pattern making, lost wax casting, enlargement, mould making, architectural metalwork, paving design, stainless steel sculpture, obelisks, editions in bronze, unique castings, bronze plaques, civic sculpture, site specific artworks, concrete sculpture, entrance gates, community projects, residencies, fibreglass, Ayrshire artists, Scottish Sculpture, Marine art, bronze foundry, ceramic shell, Turnberry golf course, colossus, colossal sculpture, equestrian, animalier,a4a. In German- Bronzeskulptur, Öffentliche Kunstwerke, Backsteinrelief, Porträtskulptur, Architektonische Reliefkunst, Gartenstatuen, Terrakottaskulptur, Glasierter Backsteinfries, Steinmeißelarbeiten, Mosaik, Buchstabenmeißelarbeiten, Schmeideeisenkunst, Figurative Skulptur, Mythologische Skulptur, Monumentalskulptur, Brunnenskulptur, Kunststein, Gußaluminium, Kunstberatung, Installation von Kunstwerken,Beleuchtung, Straßeneinrichtungsgegemstände, Poller, Kunst-Workshops, Auftragsarbeiten, Bildhauer-Workahops, Modellerstellung, Wachsausschmelzguß, Vergrößerung, Formenerstellung, Architektonische Metallarbeiten, Pflasterbeläge, Edelstahlskulptur, Obelisken, Bronzegußeditionen, Einzelußarbeiten, In French Sculptures en bronze, Sculptures de lieu public, Sculptures de relief en brique, Portraits sculptés, Reliefs architecturaux, Statues de jardin, Sculptures en pierre, Mosaïques, Sculptures de lettress, Ouvrages en acier soudé, Ouvrages en fer forgé, Sculptures figuratives, Sculptures mythalogiques, Sculptures monumentales,Sculptures de fontaine, Pierre de béton, Aliminium fondu, Conseils artistiques, Installation d'oeuvres, Eclairage, Mobilier urban, Bornes, Ateliers d' art, Commandes acceptées, Ateliers de sculpture, Création de modéles de fonte, Piéces moulées a` la cire perdue, Agrandissements, Construction de moules, Objets métalliques architecturaux, Conception d'aires pavées, Sculptures en inox, Obélisques, Tirages en bronze, Moulages uniques, Plaques de bronze, Sculptures municipales, OEuvres d'art personnalisées Sculptures en béton, Portails d'entrée, Projets associatifs, Projets en internat, Fibre de verre
Above John McKenna of A4A discussing his Jersey Cattle bronze sculpture with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth on her visit to the States of Jersey
John Mckennaworks as a sculptor in his own right whilst he also leads the collaborative group 'Art for Architecture', an informal association of artists, designers and craftsmen who work together in a wide range of media on public art commissions. John's own work varies in scale from portraits and small private commissions, to large works of public art.
The Artworks are usually site responsive, often drawing inspiration both from the immediate environment and the local history of individual areas. John will undertake the project with his own sculpture assistants or draw upon the bank of expertise within the a4a associates.
ORIGINS AND EXPERTISE
John studied art and design in London and in 1987 was awarded a three year bursary to study under the patronage of Dame Elizabeth Frink at the Sir Henry Doulton School of sculpture, in Staffordshire. He exhibited alongside Frink with other members of the Sir Henry Doulton School at Keele in a retrospective of her work. Since 1993, after several years of lecturing in sculpture, John has worked primarily on public art schemes throughout the UK, initiating his own concept or working to design briefs from architects, developers, councils, local authorities and public art agencies. He is a member of the Royal society of British Sculptors and has exhibited in London and various locations countrywide.
WHAT WE CAN DO for you
" Works of public art that we create, commissioned by local authorities, councils and corporate clients, aim to stimulate and inform observers. We at a4a can take an initial brief and develop a unique artwork for a public site, resolve the design to a feasible solution within timescales and to budget. We have extensive working experience of a variety of media and scales, including large cast bronzes and aluminium, glazed brick relief friezes, stone and cast stone, terracotta, fibreglass and welded steel. Our studio bronze foundry, using the ceramic shell technique allows us to lost wax cast our own bronze, maintaining a coninuity in the whole sculptural creation process from start to finish."
John's smaller artworks such as portraits and figurative sculpture, achieve balance, sensitivity and quietude for the observer, often seeking to pacify the senses in an increasingly demanding environment. For his portrait works, the artist models in clay for casting into bronze, the use of which permits a more detailed and realistic manner of modelling. John's attention to detail is present in all aspects of his work: this combined with imaginative design, reveal a genuine interest, enthusiasm and passion for his craft.
Commissioned work undertaken for various public and corporate bodies including:
Celtic Football club plc
The Crown Estate
Belfast City Council
Johnnie Walker Whiskey
Staffordshire County Council
Havant Borough Council
Leeds City Council
The States of Jersey
Midland Metro Line
Many Commissioned Public artworks created by John McKenna can be found in the areas listed below:
Dunville Park, Belfast
Burslem, North Staffs.
Grenwich Millenium site
Leytonstone , London
St. Helier, Jersey