- Size 60×19x19cm figure
Young Olympians Swimmer (2011) Kenny Hunter Limited Edition
Kenny Hunter, Young Olympians, 2011 - Swimmer
Published in the UK by The Multiple Store, 2014
Painted bronze, 60×19x1cm figure
The concentrated gaze of the athletes signifies that moment of mental preparation which immediately precedes action. The pose is self-conscious and evokes the awkwardness and vulnerability but also the raw intensity and strength of conviction of youth. Beyond the world of athletics, with its inherent political and ethical conflicts, we can discern from the athletes’ faces the journey from innocence to experience.
”I have selected to work with athletes who are solo competitors, I am attracted to their solitary pursuit and their internal struggles. As with all my previous projects there is a blending of Ancient Greek influences and historical precedents in the work. As a group of sculptures they contain inner dialogues, they relate to the traditions of athletic sculpture, yet resolutely represent the time that they were made, most importantly they display none of the traditional notions of idealised perfection, instead there are contradictions and tensions.’
Sculptor Kenny Hunter has had recent solo exhibitions at Connersmith, Washington (2012), Gallerie Scheffel, Germany (2012); the New Arts Centre, Salisbury (2009), Tramway, Glasgow (2008) and Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2006).
In 2011 Hunter was chosen to create a new contemporary sculpture for the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Alloway, commissioned by STV.
In 2010 Kenny Hunter won the first Spitalfields Sculpture Prize. His work ‘I Goat’ is sited in Bishops Square, Spitalfields.
Hunter has also created a number of high profile, commissioned works including 'Cherub/Skull' (1997) for the Tron Theatre, Glasgow, 'Man walks among us' (2000) for Glasgow Museums, 'Youth with split apple' (2005) for Kings College, Aberdeen, 'Citizen Firefighter' (2001) outside Glasgow's Central Station; and ‘Natural Selection’ for Great Ormond Street Hospital, London.
Kenny Hunter’s work has been acquired by the Scottish Arts Council Collection, the British School at Athens, The Scottish National Portrait Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow.
Each Edition is made to order and will take approximately 4-6 weeks to produce.
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