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Jonathan Kenworthy

Biography

For information, contact: Alice Levi Duncan, Director, New York, 212-628-9760, aduncan@gpgalleryny.com.

Jonathan Kenworthy (b. 1943) is widely acknowledged as the leader in the field of contemporary sculpture.  He has always been an artist.  His sculpting career began at age four when he started modeling; by the age of eleven, Kenworthy had been featured on television and was already attending the Royal College of Art.  As a youth, Kenworthy received a scholarship to the Royal Academy Schools, where he won a gold medal for his sculptures, as well as nine additional scholarships.  Kenworthy’s extensive education in anatomy also began in this period, as he studied at the Royal Veterinary College. Kenworthy’s first sold out exhibition in London allowed him to pursue his growing fascination with the chase, in Africa. He flew to Kenya in 1965 and continued his anatomy studies at the University College in Nairobi.  Kenya provided another lasting experience, as Kenworthy found the wide horizons and subjects which would fuel his imagination for the next forty years.  As his travels continued over the years, Kenworthy’s initial interest in the life of the African savannah broadened, taking in such subjects as the elegant nomads of Africa, the wild horsemen of the Hindu Kush, and the tigers in the jungles of Nepal.

Kenworthy’s powerful modeling has a distinctive personal touch and evokes in his bronzes a dramatic sense of movement. His breadth of vision can be seen in his range of subjects from Afghanistan to Egypt to Africa. His perceptive eye brings a vivid reality to timeless moments. Kenworthy continues to add fresh depth of feeling to the vigorous sculptures and drawings he began in wild Africa, conveying in his sculptures powerful stories of how both human beings and wildlife survive in the world's great wildernesses.

With integrity, great natural skill, and originality, Kenworthy has brought new life to bronze.  His works – both sculptures and drawings -- have found a keen following amongst connoisseurs, collectors, and artists alike.  Kenworthy’s works have been featured in numerous exhibitions in Africa, Europe, and the United States.  In 1993, Kenworthy was commissioned by the Duke and Duchess of Westminster to create a sculpture to be placed on a lake in the gardens at Eaton Hall in Cheshire. A second casting of the piece, depicting a lioness chasing a lesser kudu, was placed in Upper Grosvenor Gardens in central London. The thirty-foot bronze was dedicated by the Duke to mark the opening of the gardens to the people of Westminster in June 2000.

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