Jonathan Kenworthy's African influences in Six Decades of Sculpture at Pangolin London

By Culture24 Reporter | 10 April 2013

Exhibition preview: Jonathan Kenworthy: Six Decades of Sculpture, Pangolin London, London, until April 20 2013

A photo of three figurative sculptures of an African mother leading two children
Jonathan Kenworthy, Turkana and Sons (2002). Bronze© Courtesy Pangolin London. Photo: Steve Russell
Jonathan Kenworthy’s sculpted visions of Africa were among the first three-dimensional portraits of the continent when they emerged during the mid-1960s.

Then a prodigal young artist enrolled at the Royal College of Art at the tender age of 11, Kenworthy’s numerous scholarships were put to good use: he funded the first of many study trips to Africa, with his earliest visit, at 22, inspiring a lifelong fascination which fuelled his prolific creative manifestations.

Now in his 70th year – and his 12th with Pangolin – this particular survey is a retrospective which visits his fluid works on paper and bold, abstract figurative sculptures, demonstrating why he remains a hugely respected figure.

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