Kenneth Bunn’s sculptures of animals and human figures are easily recognizable because of their strong interpretative style, which results in a sense of life and movement without unnecessary detail. He combines design and mass into three-dimensional portrayals that have a fine sense of anticipated action. The center of interest may lie not in what the animals are doing but in where their interest is directed. Viewers are caught up in that sense of anticipation and become part of the setting. Bunn works with light, shadow, and texture, incorporating few protrusions, openings, or fine lines to detract from the spirit of the animal, and leaving only the suggestion of anatomical detail with unerring accuracy.
Mastery of animals’ gestures, inquisitive looks, and other specific behaviors demands field studies. In addition to traveling to Africa, Europe, Mexico, and numerous areas of North America, Bunn often visits zoos and private animal preserves.
In 2015 Bunn was one of seven artists showcased in Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve’s retrospective exhibition, The Best of the Best: Contemporary Wildlife Art. In 2010 he won the James R. Parks Trustees’ Purchase Award at the Masters of the American West. Noteworthy museum representation includes the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City; the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, Wyoming; the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis, Indiana; the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin; the Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio; the Wildlife Experience, Parker, Colorado; the Leanin’ Tree Museum of Western Art, Boulder, Colorado; and the Denver Art Museum.
Among other prestigious associations and academies, Bunn is a member of the Rungius Society, an Academician of the National Academy of Design, and a Fellow of the National Sculpture Society.
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