John Kennedy

Sculpture (59-works)

John  Kennedy Joy of Life - small
Joy of Life - small
Bronze
16 x 0 in
John  Kennedy Amore
Amore
Bronze
18 x 3 x 4 in
John  Kennedy
Friends and Lovers Large
Bronze
55 x 18 x 20 in
John  Kennedy Friendship Bench
Friendship Bench
Bronze
54.5 x 40 x 28.5 in
John  Kennedy
Girl Reminiscing
Bronze
59 x 20 x 38 in
John  Kennedy
Good Morning
Bronze
12 x 10 x 4 in
John  Kennedy
Grande
Bronze
18.5 x 4 x 4 in
John  Kennedy Hope
Hope
Bronze
15.5 x 3 x 4 in
John  Kennedy
Innocence
Bronze
4.5 x 2.5 x 1 in
John  Kennedy Joy of Life - Lifesize
Joy of Life - Lifesize
Bronze
90 x 21 x 21 in
John  Kennedy Lovers Duet
Lovers Duet
Bronze
20 x 4 x 4 in
John  Kennedy Lovers Duet - Lifesize
Lovers Duet - Lifesize
Bronze
80 x 20 x 20 in
John  Kennedy Lovers Maquette
Lovers Maquette
Bronze
8 x 7 x 6 in
John  Kennedy
Lovers Medium
Bronze
14 x 9.5 x 9 in
John  Kennedy
Mirja
Bronze
33 x 11 x 9 in
John  Kennedy Muse
Muse
Bronze
15 x 4 x 4 in
John  Kennedy
My Best Friend
Bronze
18 x 16 x 6 in
John  Kennedy My Bestest Friend
My Bestest Friend
Bronze
18 x 14 x 6 in
John  Kennedy
New Lovers
Bronze
25 x 6 x 3 in
John  Kennedy
Poet 3
Bronze
14 x 6 x 7 in
John  Kennedy
Poet I
Bronze
9 x 7 x 3 in
John  Kennedy Pure Joy - Lifesize
Pure Joy - Lifesize
Bronze
76 x 30 x 36 in
John  Kennedy
Pure Joy - Medium
Bronze
31 x 12 x 10 in
John  Kennedy Pure Joy - small
Pure Joy - small
Bronze
14 x 5 x 4 in
John  Kennedy
Reader I
Bronze
10 x 6 x 3 in
John  Kennedy
Reader III
Bronze
10 x 6 in
John  Kennedy
Siesta
Bronze
12 x 15 x 8 in
John  Kennedy Solitude I
Solitude I
Bronze
12 x 2.5 x 4.5 in
John  Kennedy
Solitude II
Bronze
6.5 x 6.5 x 3 in
John  Kennedy Solitude II - Lifesize
Solitude II - Lifesize
Bronze
34 x 34 x 16 in
John  Kennedy
Soulmates
Bronze
17 x 3.5 x 4 in
John  Kennedy
Soulmates Lifesize
Bronze
84 x 14 x 14 in
John  Kennedy
Spirit of Audrey
Bronze
18 x 6 x 5 in
John  Kennedy
Spirit of Life
Bronze
28 x 22 x 22 in
John  Kennedy
Spirit of Wisdom
Bronze
10 x 3 x 3 in
John  Kennedy Subie
Subie
Bronze
10 x 11 x 5 in
John  Kennedy
Summer Love
Bronze
2 x 10 x 3 in
John  Kennedy Summer Love - Medium
Summer Love - Medium
Bronze
8 x 42 x 10 in
John  Kennedy
Tenderness
Bronze
61 x 26 x 18 in
John  Kennedy Tenderness - maquette
Tenderness - maquette
Bronze
13 x 5 x 3.5 in
John  Kennedy Testing the Water - small
Testing the Water - small
Bronze
19 x 5 x 4 in
John  Kennedy
Testing the Water 3
Bronze
9 x 7 x 8 in
John  Kennedy Testing the Water II
Testing the Water II
Bronze
14 x 6 x 7 in
John  Kennedy Kiss
The Kiss
Bronze
25 x 10 x 7 in
John  Kennedy Tranquility I
Tranquility I
Bronze
22 x 55.5 x 17 in
John  Kennedy Tranquility II
Tranquility II
Bronze
32.5 x 58 x 12 in
John  Kennedy Emma with Candles
Emma with Candles
Bronze
23 x 11 x 5 in
John  Kennedy Nureyev
Nureyev
Bronze candleholder
23 x 11 in
John  Kennedy Tara _1
Tara #1
Bronze candleholder
16 x 11 x 4.5 in
John  Kennedy Tara _2
Tara #2
Bronze candleholder
17 x 6.5 x 4.25 in
John  Kennedy Tara _3
Tara #3
Bronze candleholder
11.5 x 9 x 5 in
John  Kennedy Tara _4
Tara #4
Bronze candleholder
11.5 x 9.75 x 5 in
John  Kennedy Tara _5
Tara #5
Bronze candleholder
14 x 10 x 4.25 in
John  Kennedy Tara _6
Tara #6
Bronze candleholder
15.5 x 8 x 4.25 in
John  Kennedy Tara _7
Tara #7
Bronze candleholder
16 x 6 x 4.25 in
John  Kennedy Tara _8
Tara #8
Bronze candleholder
13.5 x 6 x 6 in
John  Kennedy
Love is a Dance of Balance
Bronze
41 x 14 x 7 in
John  Kennedy Solitude I - Lifesize
Solitude I - Lifesize
Bronze
58 x 26 x 20 in
Sold
John  Kennedy
Testing the Water - Lifesize
Bronze
84 x 28 x 26 in
Sold

Sculpture-wall (2-works)

John  Kennedy unreadable image
Love I
Mixed media
16 x 13.5 x 2.5 in
John  Kennedy Love II
Love II
Mixed media
16 x 13.5 x 2.5 in

John  Kennedy

John Kennedy

John Kennedy Biography

(Burma, 1931-2004)

The sculptor John Kennedy (1931 – 2004) is widely known for his graceful bronze figures, which adorn parks, campuses, and public buildings around the world. Two of his most famous sculptures are Spirit of Audrey, dedicated to Audrey Hepburn and located at the UNICEF Headquarters in New York City, and The Entertainer, the official statuette of the Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Kennedy was born in 1931 in Rangoon, Burma, to a Scottish textile merchant and his Burmese wife. During the war, he was evacuated to northern Burma, traveling by boat along the Irrawaddy River to Mandalay, and then to Moguk, from where many years later, he was to draw inspiration particularly from the tall, elegantly thin Shan people for his distinctive style of sculpture. It was at boarding school in Lucknow, India, where he was first introduced to art.

Kennedy served six years in the British Merchant Navy, followed by a career in journalism. He worked as a photojournalist and opened his own international news and photo agency in Fleet Street, London. He discovered and managed 1950s British pop icon Tommy Steele, who was considered at the time to be the British equivalent of Elvis Presley. In the 1960s, Kennedy created a succession of nightclubs, including London’s first discotheque, the Ad Lib Club, and an elite waterfront nightclub called Club Kennedy in Majorca. A driven entrepreneur, he also became known for helping to invent the Micro Cool misting system, now used to cool the outdoor areas of many theme parks, restaurants, and hotels in South West USA and other desert areas.

Throughout his life, Kennedy always held on to his greatest passion: the creation of art. In fact, his artistic approach and gifted vision underpinned his success in his many careers. He often traveled in Europe where he apprenticed with world-class sculptors, learning firsthand how to cast bronzes using the traditional lost-wax method. He was fascinated with the physical process of working in clay. He loved the way in which he was able to communicate the profound depth and range of human emotions through it.

After moving his family to Palm Springs, California in 1980, Kennedy was finally able to immerse himself totally in art. Although he was trained in the classical style of sculpture, he proceeded to create abstract figures –devoid of facial features, yet fully human and saturated with emotion.

Kennedy sought to reveal the intimacy of loving relationships by giving these abstract figures recognizable gestures and poses, such as the caress of a hand or a gentle embrace. He once said of his creative process: “You can tell so much from a figure’s body language. Even the tilt of the head shows a particular mood or emotion. In this way, the body is a vehicle for the expression of the spirit.”

Kennedy’s distinctive style of bronzes have attracted the attention of major collectors, such as Kirk Douglas, Gunter Sachs, Baron Thyssen, and Jim & Jackie Lee Houston, as well as the praise of art critics who noted that Kennedy’s engaging figures impel us “to both touch them and be touched by them.”

 

John Kennedy Statement

The interchange between male and female in all its complexity had always interested me as an artist.  As an incurable romantic, I seek to capture the warmth and tender closeness, the caring and feeling as well as the joy and often the whimsical side of these very personal human emotions.  This is why I use the human body as a “point of departure” simplifying the figure to a lyrical composition.

 

John Kennedy Resumé

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Education

La Martiners College, India and Naval College, North Wales, Great Britain

Exhibitions

1999 Coda Gallery, Palm Desert, CA

1998 Diane Nelson Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA

1996 International Art Multiple, Dusseldorf, Germany

1996 Sonia Low Fine Art Geestaad, Switzerland

1996 Prospect Place Fine Art, La Jolla, CA

Commissions

2002 Audrey Hepburn Tribute, UNICEF, Urban Plaza, NY

2000 City Of Belevue

1998 Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center, Palm Desert, CA

1998 Kansas Health Foundation, Wichita, KS

1998 City of Brea, Public Arts Program, Laurel Walk Project

Public Installations

"Spirit of Audrey" Tribute to Audrey Hepburn (2002) United Nations Plaza, New York, NY

"Spirit of Compassion" sister piece to #3 (2002) Uni Medical Center, Audrey Hepburn Children's House

"Spirit of Wisdom" (2002), University of Santa Monica, Santa Monica, CA

"Amore" (2000) Public Park, City of Belevue, Belevue, W A

"Sympatico", "Friendship Bench", Girl Reminiscing", "Iron Bench" (1998) Public Park, City of Brea, CA

 

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