Michael Kenny at work in studio

“Stone like love, can be permanent.” Michael Kenny


Michael Kenny RA 1941 – 1999.

Michael Kenny was born in Liverpool in 1941, the son of an engineer. Michael left St Francis Xavier’s Jesuit college to study at Liverpool Art school, where two of his fellow students were Stuart Sutcliffe, an early Beatle, and John Lennon. From Liverpool he went on to the Slade in 1961 to study under Reg Butler, who called his protege “the Liverpool Italian” because of his enthusiasm for Giacometti and Medardo Rosso, as well as the classical austerity of the monolithic plasters he was making at the time. Michael Kenny’s distinguished career as an artist and a sculptor began with his early first solo show in Oxford in 1964 when he was only twenty-three years old.Michael was one of the most influential British sculptors of his generation and his contemplative geometric stone works have become increasingly well-regarded. He was elected Associate of the Royal Academy in 1976, and a Royal Academician in 1986. Throughout the 70’s he was the visiting lecturer a the Slade School of Fine Art and from 1983 to 1988 he was Head of Fine Art Department at Goldsmiths College London. Today his work is held in museums all over the world, including the British Museum, The Tate Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum.Michael Kenny has had a solo and group exhibitions in Germany, Sweden, Milan, Paris, Los Angeles, London, Scotland, Ireland, Japan, Dubai and subsequently many corporations and private collections throughout the world hold examples of his work.For further information please contact susan@michaelkenny.org