John Mills (British sculptor)

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John W. Mills
Born (1933-03-04) March 4, 1933 (age 84)
Balham, London, England
Residence Hinxworth Place
Occupation Sculptor
Spouse(s) 1 Josephine
Children 2. Andrea & Dylan
Three Kings. Hinxworth Place.

John William Mills PPRBS ARCA FRSA (born March 4, 1933 in London) is an English sculptor.

He studied at Hammersmith School of Art 1947-1954, and at the Royal College of Art 1956-1960.

He was a resident at Digswell House 1962-1966 and currently lives at Hinxworth Place in Hertfordshire.


Various part-time teaching posts in UK from 1958-1962. Full-time at St. Albans School of Art and Hertfordshire College of Art and Design 1962-1977. Visiting Associate Professor in Printmaking and Sculpture, Eastern Michigan University 1970-1971. Visiting lecturer Detroit School of Creative Arts 1970-1971. Visiting Professor and Artist in Residence University of Michigan 1980. Stopped teaching on a regular basis 1977.


He was made Fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors 1982 and was awarded their Otto Beit medal in 1983 for the sculpture ‘Curved Neck Grace’. He was elected president of the Society in 1986 and again in 1997.He was made Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 1993. Awarded an Honorary Master of Arts Degree by University College Northampton 2000

Work in Public Places[edit]

National Firefighters Memorial Commemorating the Firefighters of The Blitz and those who have died subsequently.St Paul's Cathedral London.
The Meeting. Harpur Square Bedford.
Quadrega Fountain. Charleston Place Hotel, Charleston, South Carolina.


Published works[edit]

  • Sculpture in Ciment Fondu, 1958 (Contractors Record, London).
  • The Technique of Sculpture 1962 (B.T.Batsford, London).
  • Sculpture in Concrete, 1966 (McClaren, London ).
  • The Technique of Casting for Sculpture 1968 (B.T.Batsford, London).
  • Studio Bronze Casting 1969 (McClaren, London), this book was written in collaboration with Michael Gillespie ARBS.
  • Modelling the Figure and Head 1978 (B.T.Batsford, London).
  • Encyclopaedia of Sculpture Techniques 1989 (B.T.Batsford, London).
  • Catalogue contribution for Chelsea Harbour 93 (RBS) 1993.
  • Sculpture 108, Contributed article ‘What I didn’t learn at Art School’ Spring issue 1997
  • Sculpting the Human Figure 2006 (Crowood Press)