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John McKenna originally trained as an academic modeller of figurative sculpture using the nude form.
He still enjoys creating sculpture working with female life-models in the medium of clay for firing into terracotta or casting in bronze.
Left small scale nude figure studies in heavily grogged fired fireclay.
Middle the Echo and Narcissus bronze figures in a limited edition
Right 'Ariadne waiting' lifesize figure
Echo & Narcissus bronze 1/2 life-size figures, permanent exhibition at Gretna Green Museum, Scotland.
When the beautiful nymph Echo saw Narcissus hunting in a forest she immediately fell deeply in love with him . This affection was not reciprocated by Narcissus as he was oblivious to the glances of the nymph. Narcissus who had stooped to draw water from a pool had fallen in love with his own reflection. He gazed into the pool both day and night at his own reflection until finally he wasted away. In her melancholic despair Echo wandered lonely in the mountains, longing to to join Narcissus. Brooding continually over her unrequited love she called out for Narcissus to no avail. Slowly she pined away until nothing remained but her voice echoing in the mountains.
Pair of half life size bronze figures limited edition. No. 1/6 private client, No 2/6 purchased by the Gretna Green museum and art gallery for "Lovers" exhibition. 3/6 private purchase. Casts 4/6 to 6/6 availabe for purchase.
Below on left small terracotta nude studies in rough grogged fireclay and right Ariadne lifesize, greek mythological figure, by John McKenna. John can be approched to create terracotta sculpture as a single piece of work or even limited edition copies.