The Richard Hagen Gallery Richard Hagen Fine Art: established 1970

John Kennedy

Born in Rangoon, Burma in 1931, John Kennedy was sent to a remote school in the north of India, a fortunate event because the headmaster's wife educated the pupils in the arts. He was shown the marvels of Hindu polychromed and limber-limbed sculptures. The teacher supplemented these pliable, bendable interpretations of the human form with books on modern artists she shared with the students. The idea of the human form in motion would be imprinted upon the creative mind of the young John Kennedy.

At the age of fifteen John entered the Naval College in north Wales and on graduating joined the Merchant Marines. After five years at sea he returned to England to work as a photographer until an art professor noted his talents and suggested a sculptural apprenticeship in Milan. In Italy John created art in a communal environment that preserved age-old crafts and techniques.

Early in his career he learned to create traditional, religious sculpture that necessitated communication on a deep and profound level. John Kennedy turns inwards to his own personal experiences in India and Italy, leaving realism behind to create figures distilled and reduced in form and intensified in expressiveness.

John completed numerous commissions internationally for public works of art before he died in 2004.

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