‘Nude Young Girl Standing’, 1965 is from McKenna’s earlier period. Made while the artist was in Florence and carved from a single piece of pear-wood, this still, solitary and elongated figure is rendered in a style much in contrast to his later work involving figures constructed from multiple pieces of wood and often suggesting a monumental presence or implied movement.
|94.3 x 17.2 x 8.8 cm
|IMMA Collection: Gordon Lambert Trust, 1992
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Irish artist and writer James McKenna studied at the National College of Art and Design. The work of the Italian Renaissance masters influenced McKenna throughout his career. Political events, often married with Celtic mythology, also informed his work. He was a founding member of the Independent Artists Group and the Sculptors’ Society of Ireland and exhibited with the Irish Exhibitions of Living Art. A major retrospective of his work was held at IMMA in 2007.View Artist