Kenny Hunter
RSA

  • Academician Elected : 17/10/2007

BIOGRAPHY

  • Academician Elected : 17/10/2007

Born in Edinburgh in 1962, Kenny Hunter RSA studied Sculpture at Glasgow School of Art (1983 – 1987). He has exhibited extensively both in the UK and internationally, including solo exhibitions at Arnolfini (1998), Scottish National Portrait Gallery (2000), Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2006),Tramway (2008), and GENERATION (2014). Hunter has also created a number of high profile, public commissioned works in including: Citizen Firefighter (2001) outside Glasgow’s Central Station; Youth with Split Apple (2005), Kings College, Aberdeen; and iGoat (2010), Spitalfields, London. He has recently installed the Southwark Memorial to War and Reconciliation in Walworth Square, London. Hunter is currently a lecturer and the Director for Outreach at Edinburgh College of Art.

Kenny Hunter RSA: The language of the monument and of civic statuary is the clearest artistic expression of what Karl Popper identified as historicism; that is to say, the general belief that history must have a plot, a destination, or at any rate a meaning. By articulating the historicist language of the monument within the postmodern climate of reinterpretation, my work seems to invoke the clarity and certainty of its stone and bronze predecessors. Yet, on closer inspection, each work appears as an open question, a homage to doubt. As the Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky has said ‘the purpose of art is not to propose solutions, but to set problems in their requisite depth’.

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