(1924 - 2014)
John (W.) Kearney was active/lived in Illinois, Nebraska. John Kearney is known for sculptor-mod animal.
Biography from the Archives of askART
Born in Omaha, Nebraska, he studied at the Cranbrook Acadamy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan from 1945 to 1948 and then in Italy on a Fulbright scholarship. In 1951, he became Director of the Contemporary Workship in Chicago, a long time held position. From 1962 to 1970, he was President of the Provincetown Art Association. In his sculpture, he explores figurative expression, often large animals, with bronze and steel.
Biography from Auctionata
Born in Omaha in Nebraska, John Kearney studied from 1945 to 1948 at the
Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, and then received a
scholarship to study in Italy. Together with other artists Kearney
founded in 1949 the Contemporary Art Workshop in Chicago, a nonprofit
institution dedicated to supporting artists, where he also taught until
2009. In the 1950s Kearney discovered steel car bumpers in a garbage
dump and began to create the large figurative sculptures, for which he
became famous in the following decades. Preferentially representing
animals, they dominate the public space in Chicago, but are also to find
in museums and collections across America. (fea)
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