Kenny Hunter

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Kenny Hunter (born 1962) is a Scottish sculptor. He lives and works in Edinburgh. Between 2015 - 2018, he was Programme Director of Sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art[1] where he now continues to work part-time as a lecturer in Fine Art, Sculpture.[2]


Born in Edinburgh, Hunter graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1987 and thereafter studied classical sculpture at the British School at Athens.[3]

Hunter makes monumental civic sculpture, he also makes gallery based work and has exhibited at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery (including a bust of Jimmy Reid), the Centre for Contemporary Arts, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Tramway Glasgow, Galerie Scheffel in Germany and at Conner Contemporary Art, Washington, among others in the UK and Internationally.

According to his profile at GENERATION, "Kenny Hunter makes elegant sculptures in many materials including wood, plastic, iron and bronze. He remains fascinated by the processes involved in making sculpture in the studio and the power that they have to transform materials in order to express his complex and vivid ideas on historical time."[4]

Blackbird (The Persistence of Vision) Leicester Square, London (2016)

Public Art Works[edit]

Perhaps Hunter's most well-recognised piece of public art in Scotland is Citizen Firefighter in Gordon Street, Glasgow. It was commissioned in 2001 for Strathclyde Fire & Rescue and due to its location on a busy corner near to Glasgow Central station it is passed by hundreds of office workers every day.

The Blackbird (The Persistence of Vision) Leicester Square, London, 2016

Other permanent public works :

  • Blackbird (the persistence of vision), Leicester Square, London (2016)
  • A place is a space remembered, Maison du Site des Deux-Caps, France (2015)
  • Elephant for Glasgow, Bellahouston Park, Glasgow, UK (2015)
  • Portrait of Andrew Grant, Edinburgh College of Art, UK (2015)
  • Black Swan, Eschborn, Germany (2014)
  • Blackbird (The Persistence of Vision) Leicester Square, London 2016
    The Watcher, The Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick, East Lothian, UK (2014)
  • Iron Sculpture
    The Unknown, Borgie Forest, Sutherland, UK (2012)
    Hawk / Creation, Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire, UK (2013)
  • Stand Easy, Leicestershire County Council Armed Services Memorial, UK (2012)
  • The Unknown, Borgie Forest, Sutherland (2012)
    The Barnsley Mining Artwork, Barnsely Interchange, UK (2012)
    The Unknown, Borgie Forest, Sutherland, UK (2012)
  • Patrick Geddes Monument, The Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh, UK (2012)
  • The Barnsley Mining Artwork, Barnsley Interchange, UK (2012)
    I Goat, Bishops Square, Spitalfields, London (2011)
    The Barnsley Mining Artwork, Barnsley Interchange, Barnsley, UK (2012)
  • Liberty Regain'd, The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Alloway, UK (2012)
  • Second Glance at a Roe Deer, Orchard Park, Cambridge, UK (2011)
  • I Goat, Bishops Square, Spitalfields, London (2011)
  • Monument to a Mouse, The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Alloway, UK (2010)
  • We Adapt, Victoria Street, Rutherglen, UK (2009)[5]
  • Red Boy, Bad Homburg, Germany (2008)
  • Mademoiselle de Fives, Place Degeyter, Fives, Lille, France (2007)
  • Natural Selection, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London (2006)
  • Lamb, Whitefriars, Canterbury, UK (2005)
  • Youth With Split Apple outside King's College at the University of Aberdeen (2005)[6]
  • Girl with Rucksack, Gorbals, Glasgow (2004)
  • Calf, at the old Meat Market on Gallowgate, Calton in Glasgow (2000)
  • King of the Castle / Boy Wonder, Castlemilk, Glasgow (2000)[7]
  • Four Children in the pedestrianised area of Hamilton town centre (1998)
  • Cherub/Skull at the Tron Theatre in Glasgow (1998)[8]

Selected Exhibitions[edit]

  • Reproductive, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Edinburgh Art Festival (2016)
  • Kontrapunkt, GENERATION, House for an Art Lover, Glasgow (2014)
  • The Singing of Swans, GENERATION, Paxton House, Berwick Upon Tweed (2014)
  • Nothing Lasts Forever, CONNERSMITH, Washington DC, USA (2012)
  • Then The Animals Said God, Galerie Scheffel, Germany (2012)



  1. ^ "Kenny Hunter - Artist Talk". Summerhall - Open Minds Open Doors. Retrieved 2019-01-24.
  2. ^ "Kenny Hunter | Edinburgh College of Art". Retrieved 2019-02-03.
  3. ^ Edinburgh Printmakers – Kenny Hunter
  4. ^ GENERATION – Kenny Hunter
  5. ^ "Improvements around Rutherglen Train Station officially unveiled". Daily Record / Rutherglen Reformer. 21 April 2010. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  6. ^ Ingleby gallery – Kenny Hunter
  7. ^ "King of the Castle". Archaeology Community Co-Production of Research Data (ACCORD). 7 November 2014. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  8. ^ People Make Glasgow – Street Sculptures

External links[edit]

  • Profile at Glasgow - City of Sculpture