“Friendly Bear” Sculpture by John Kearney


Constructed out of chromed car bumpers, signed JK in the steel. John Kearney, 1924-2014 Chicago and environs were gifted with many pieces, noteably the city’s Oz Park, wherein live the Tin Man and the bronze Cowardly Lion. his work is in the collections of Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, the Detroit Children’s Museum, the Chrysler Art Museum in Virginia, and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, to name a few. His work is in the private collections of Norman Mailer, Diane Feinstein, Johnny Carson, Françoise Gilot, Studs Terkel, and Mrs. Robert Motherwell. Profiled by People magazine, a guest on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and written of by Norman Mailer, Kearney studied at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and Universita per Stranieri, Perugia, Italy. Awards and honors include: Fulbright Award to Italy in 1963-1964, Italian Government Grant in 1963-1964, Visiting Artist American Academy in Rome, 1985, 1992, and 1998, Wallace Truman Prize, National Academy of Design in 1953 and others. brass and marble Numerous One Man exhibitions since 1951 include: New York City at A.C.A. Gallery, 1964-1979, Berta Walker Gallery, Provincetown, MA, 1992 to 1997, and in Rome, Venice, Chicago, Detroit, Wichita, Wellfleet, and others with group exhibitions in Rome, N.Y., Santo Domingo, Niamey, Nigeria, Indianapolis, St. Paul, Omaha, Art Institute of Chicago, Art Chicago, Taipei, Sarasota and others.


Item Info

More info about this item.

John Kearney

Dealer Information