Widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest equestrian and animal sculptors, Fellow of the Royal Society of Sculptors Lorne Mckean’s long and highly successful career continues to flourish with many exciting new works and commissions. She has countless works in public and private spaces and a number of royal commissions including a commission of The Queen and more recently, a 1/2 life-size bronze of H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh for Guards Polo Club, Windsor Park. Her exhibitions including many figurative, portrait and water feature sculptures have been an outstanding success with the public and critics alike and her work has gone to collections all over the world.
Lorne vividly remembers being given a bag of clay when she was 7-years old and at that moment knowing that out of that simple clay “I could make anything, people, animals, buildings, stars, farms, zoos, there were endless possibilities and I played for hours. My life making sculpture still feels like that first moment of playing as a child.” Since then, Lorne hasn’t looked back. Two of her sculptures were accepted by the Royal Academy when she was only 20. And she was elected a Member of the Society of Portrait Sculptors in 1969 and a Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1972.
Whenever possible Lorne likes to work from life as she finds direct contact with her subject inspires, enlivens and enlightens her work. The search for the essence of a subject has always attracted and fascinated her. “I love becoming totally absorbed in the qualities, action and essence of my subject through hours of study. This can take many forms, like when Herbert the Trout lived in the bath for 6 months or through just a moment of really seeing.” She has a passion for working with animals – a love she has passed on to her famous artist daughter Tanya Russel who we also represent.
We are greatly honoured to work with Lorne and we’d love to hear from you to discuss and explore and ultimately help you find your perfect creation or commission.
We are thrilled to bring Lorne Mckean’s work to this part of the world.