Thursday, 15 October 2015
Sunday, 27 November 2011
|Young Queen Victoria|
|Weld crack in bronze leg of horse|
|Albert work in progress|
|John McKenna & Queen Victoria|
|Tom McKenna working out missing horse breeching|
Monday, 15 August 2011
JIMMY "JINKY" JOHNSTONE
This bronze portrait statue sculpture of the legendary Celtic footballer Jimmy ‘Jinky‘ Johnstone was commissioned for a site in Viewpark, Glasgowwhere Johnstone grew up. The life-size bronze statue depicts ‘Jinky’ in one of his most memorable triumph poses after he scored a goal. John McKenna modelled the portrait statue on reference supplied by the Johnstone family who came and approved the statue as it progeressed The bronze statue, cast at the A4A studio foundry was unveiled by the footballers family in Viewpark, Uddingston, Glasgow, August 2011.
Excerpt from local press Aug 15 2011
The Lisbon Lions turned out to catch a glimpse of a new life-size statue of Celtic legend Jimmy "Jinky" Johnstone. Former footballers, including Bertie Auld, Joe McBride and keeper John Fallon gathered yesterday yards from Jinky's childhood home in Uddingston, Lanarkshire.The statue of the player was unveiled in a memorial garden jointly by his widow, Agnes, Bertie and North Lanarkshire councillors Jim McCabe and Harry Gauchin. Roads locally were closed as crowds turned out for the unveiling. Fundraising was spearheaded by the Jimmy Johnstone Memorial Committee and Celtic and Rangers fans contributed. Celtic legend Jinky - a member of Jock Stein's Lisbon Lions squad who won the European Cup in 1967 - died in 2006 after battling Motor Neurone Disease. Above picture shows the bronze statue in situ in the memorial garden, Old Edinburgh Road, Viewpark, Glasgow. The garden was created by generous donations of time, money and materials from Celtic fans, Rangers fans, private individuals and well know companies, a fitting tribute to a remarkable much admired football player.
Below the former team mates unveil the statue with Johnstones family and the Johnstone statue at the A4A studio foundry in Ayrshire, bronze surface after bead blasting ready for patina colouring.
Saturday, 5 March 2011
On March the 5th 2011, some members of the 1967 Celtic Lisbon lions team unveiled my statue of Jock Stein outside the Celtic FC stadium, Kerrydale Street, Glasgow. The bronze statue was modelled in clay, moulded and then cast in bronze here at my studio foundry. On left is the bronze statue at my studio, with me applying some wax to polish the statue. Jock stein stands holding the European Cup, celebrating the fact that he was the first British football manager to win the European cup.
Thursday, 29 July 2010
The Auchengeich Miner
This statue was commissioned by the Auchengeich Miners Welfare Committee as a centrepiece feature to their renewal of their existing Mining Memorial, at Bridge End, Moodiesburn, Glasgow.
You can find out more information about this project at http://www.a4a.com/auchengeich.html
The statue was cast using the ceramic shell lost wax technique into bronze at the John McKenna Studio bronze foundry.
For the last six months I have been working on the claywork for a bronze statue memorial to the legendary Celtic 'Lord of the Wing' wee Jimmy 'Jinky' Johnstone. This statue will be placed close to his birthplace in View park, Uddingston, Glasgow. The lifesize statue will be cast in bronze here at the a4a art for architecture studio bronze foundry in Ayrshire. I have spent many hours working on the clay statue and portrait. I have depicted Johnstone in his younger days in a triumphant pose - the sort of victory salute he would give after scoring a goal!
Tuesday, 16 June 2009