Jimmy Jinky Johnstone portrait for a memorial statue at ViewPark, Glasgow.

Jock Stein portrait at clay stage for a memorial statue at Celtic FC, Glasgow.

Jock Stein portrait cast bronze from the memorial statue at Celtic FC, Glasgow.

Jersey Cow portrait sculpture head in bronze by John McKenna A4A

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The process of McKenna creating a bronze portrait commences with the client subject sitting for clay sketches, photography and some caliper measurements, all of which are used as reference during the set up of the work. Following this there are a number of sitting sessions where the subject sits adjacent to the clay portrait whilst work continues upon it. This period of working allows an empathy to be established between the the artist and subject and only when this exists can a truly characterful portrait imbued with a personal spirit be attained.

Portraits in bronze start from 3800 GBP, for smaller heads and masks, increasing in cost as per complexity, see more examples below.

Jersey Cow portrait sculpture head in bronze by John McKenna A4A

PORTRAITURE IN BRONZE

 

Right picture of John McKenna (some years before) with clay portrait in progress of the Earl of Bradford, Richard Bridgeman, family seat at Weston Park, Staffordshire. The portrait was modelled from life during sittings with the Earl. It was then moulded and cast and is on display at Weston Park.

 

Clay is used as the original modelling medium as its 'plastic' qualities combines the ability to hold a detailed precise modelled surface, which John excels at, whilst allowing the modeller fluidity to change aspects of the portrait when the artist wishes.

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Sir Peter Tapsell MP Father of the House bronze portrait by John McKenna sculptor A4A art for architecture sculpture foundry Ayrshire Scotland

Portrait in Bronze of Sir Peter Tapsell, long serving MP for the constituency of East Lindsey. Now appointed as 'Father of the House' UK parliament.

Above picture depicts Sir Peter sitting alongside the clay portrait in progress, at the Royal Society of British Sculptors studio in South Kensington, London where McKenna modelled the portrait.

Right picture depicts final lost wax bonze cast portrait. This was cast at the Castle Fine art foundry near Shrewsbury. This formal portrait captured Sir Peter well, reminiscent of a Churchill pose perhaps. The young politician Sir Peter himself knew and met with Sir Winston Churchill in years past.

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Above picture is of Sir Michael Spicer, a long serving MP for the constituency of South Worcestershire and right picture of the finshed portrait.

He served as a minister of aviation in the conservative government of Edward Heath and has remained a member of parliament for many years, serving his constituents well.

Sir Michael also an author has published many political documents as well as a series of crime fiction books.

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Ceramic portrait mask fragment of a young woman, a technique of portraiture which is not so formal.

 

 

Belowpictures show restoration work.

The John McKenna Sculpture studio were approached by Ibstock, who John has worked with on many brick sculptures before, to undertake some restoration work. The project was to repair and restore the delapidated Doulton Fountain at Glasgow Green. This huge terracotta restoration project was undertaken by Ibstock HathernwLtd a subsidiary of Ibstock, one of the very few factories in the UK that could take on such as restoration project.

Below are pictures of a Boer's Head being remodelled for the South African facade of the fountain.

See more information about the fountain below.

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The Doulton Fountain on Glasgow Green is arguably the finest example of Victorian terracotta monumental architecture extent in the World.

Designed in French Renaissance style, the Fountain is surrounded by four tableaux of larger than life-sized human figures representing the main British colonies and dominions of Australia, Canada, South Africa and India. The figures lie within arches separated by four main piers encasing the eight columns of a cast iron frame and which contain intermediate niches from which water jets sprayed onto the inner basin.

The lower portion is a plinth, which contains four life-size servicemen located in niches separated by decorative pilasters, and representing a Grenadier Guardsman, a Black Watch highlander, a Royal Navy sailor and a Royal Irish Fusilier. Above them is a projecting cornice upon which four life-size, individually modelled, classical water bearers sit separated by decorative screens. From the vase held by each water bearer a stream of water flowed onto the cantilevered basin. The fountain structure continues skywards before terminating in the elaborately modelled figure of Queen Victoria.

A Category A listed structure of national importance, the fountain began life as one of the most spectacular exhibits and publicity gambits of the 1888 Great Exhibition held at Kelvin-grove Park, Glasgow, it was gifted to the City by Sir Henry Doulton at a time when Glasgow was considered the Second City of the Empire.

The fountain was given a permanent home on Glasgow Green in 1890 and in 1894 the structure was struck by lightning, which required the statue of Queen Victoria at the top of the Fountain to be completely remodelled.

Over the ensuing 100 years the condition of the structure deteriorated into decline. The statuary suffered much damage, with heads, parts of figures and other decorative elements disappearing, largely as a result of sustained vandalism. In addition, much of the fine detailing and ornamentation has been lost over time through the combined effects of weathering, pollution and lack of proper maintenance, minor repairs having been carried out on occasion using inferior methods and materials.

The structure ceased to be a working fountain in the 1960's and by the late 1980's the structural state of the fountain had deteriorated to the extent that it was necessary to support the cantilevered basin on scaffolding. The erection of a high fence around the structure finally removed the fountain from the public domain.

In September 1997 the restoration of the Fountain was successful in a bid made to the Heritage Lottery Fund for funding assistance to develop and improve Glasgow Green as a whole. The decision was also taken to move the Fountain to a more prominent site in front of the Peoples Palace Museum within a newly created hard-landscaped Civic Space whilst restoring it to its former glory, with full running water and suitably floodlit, by lighting company ERCO, ensuring that the resulting structure could be maintained in the appropriate manner by Glasgow City Council for the foreseeable future.

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Jimmy Jinky Johnstone portrait statue cast bronze by John McKenna sculpture art foundry Ayrshire Scotland
Jock Stein clay for portrait statue cast bronze by John McKenna sculpture art foundry Ayrshire Scotland
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