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John Mills PPRBS, ARCA, FRSA

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Sculptor John Mills PPRBS, ARCA, FRSA
John Mills

About John Mills

John Mills, Sculptor, has probably more one man exhibitions than most artists have shared ones, and his work strides the art world like a colossus, drawing inspiration, going from such artists as Rodin and Michael Angelo. He is constantly in demand to do commissions for Public Memorials and private Collectors, and is in St Pauls, Chelsea Harbour, The Oriana, The Reilly Collection, Mitchigan and Clark University, Massachusetts. He is one of the `best of the best`!.

Exhibition History of John Mills

ONE MAN EXHIBITIONS
A.I.A. Gallery, London 1959.
Madden Galleries, London 1964.
Letchworth Garden City Gallery, UK 1965.
Oakdene, Digswell 1965.
Kenmore Galleries, Philadelphia, USA,1966.
Hitchin Art Gallery, UK,1968 - 1971 - 1977.
Pollock Gallery, Toronto, Canada, 1969 1971.
Lantern Gallery, Michigan, USA,1970 - 1971 - 1972 - 1974.
Alwin Gallery, London, UK,1975 - 1977 - 1979 - 1983.
University of Michigan Gallery, USA,1980.
Alice Simsar Gallery, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, 1976 - 1979 - 1980 - 1982 - 1984 - 1986 - 1988 - 1989.
Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney Australia, 1980.
Chapman Gallery, Canberra Australia, 1989 - 1990.
Beaux Arts Gallery, Bath, UK,1988.
Marina Henderson Gallery, London, UK,1983.
Kings Street Galleries, London, UK,1986.
Jonathan Poole Fine Art, Woodstock, UK,1989 - 1990.
Surrey University Gallery, Guildford, UK 1993.
Woodlands Gallery, London, UK, 1994.
Jonathan Poole, Compton Cassey Gallery, Withington, Cheltenham, Gloucestersire, UK, 1996.
The Whitby Gallery, Whitby, Yorkshire,UK 1999.
Blake Gallery, York, UK 2008.
Woodbridge School, UK, 2007- 2008.
Gibberd Gallery, Harlow UK 2011.

MIXED EXHIBITIONS INCLUDE
The Royal Academy, London since 1951.
Young Contemporaries, 1951-1958.
Zwemmer Gallery, London.
Glasgow Institute of Fine Art.
Scheafer Gallery, New York.
Piccadilly Gallery, London.
Bradford City Art Gallery, UK.
Festival of Barjac, France 1969.
Arts Council UK; Gallery 359, Nottingham, UK;
Hallam Gallery, London, UK.
‘Head Hands and Feet`, Margam Sculpture Park, Wales,1990.
RBS exhibition at Scone Palace, Scotland.
RBS Art in Action, UK 1992.
RBS Woodlands Gallery, London, UK, 1992.
RBS Exchange Court, Broadgate, London, UK, 1993.
Abergavenny, South Wales ‘Sculpture in a Garden` 1992.
Chelsea Harbour ‘93`, London, UK.
RBS Sculpture at Osterley House, London, UK, 1995.
Cities 97.
Chelsea Harbour, London, UK, 1997.
Pieces of Eight, LCA Albermarle Gallery, London, UK, 1997.
Chelsea Arts Club, London, UK, 1997.
Simmons Gallery, London, UK, ‘Free Range` 2000.
Jonathan Poole, Compton Cassey Gallery, Withington, Cheltenham, Gloucestersire, UK, 2000.

Biography / CV of John Mills

John Mills was born in London in 1933. He is married to Josephine Demarne in 1953, with 2 children Dylan and Andrea.

He studied at Hammersmith School of Art 1947 to 1954 and Royal College of Art 1956 to 1960.

John works mainly from his studio in Hertfordshire creating his ideas for his next major work of art for clients worldwide. He prefers working initially from drawings, later producing a small studio bronze maquette and finally to Life size bronze.

John was the sculptor commissioned to carry out this artwork called "Memorial to the Women of World War 2" which is now situated in Whitehall, London. The work was unveiled by HM The Queen in July 2005.

Awards and Prizes of John Mills

Made Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors 1982, elected president of that Society 1986 and again in 1997. Made Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts 1993.

Awarded an Honorary Master of Arts Degree by University College Northampton 2000.

Competitions
Winner of the design competition for ‘The Topham Trophy’ 1961 and 1962.
Winner of the Otto Beit medal in 1983 for the sculpture "Curved Neck Grace".
Winner of the RBS silver medal in 1991 for ‘Blitz’.
Winner of the Royal Mint design competition for the ‘D-Day fifty pence coin 1993’.
Winner of the Royal Mint design competition for the ‘VE Day two pound coin 1994`.
Winner of the Royal Mint design competition for the Euro Cup two pound coin 1995.
Winner of the Coin of the Year award (Krause Publications) for the D-Day fifty pence 1994.
Winner of the Royal Mint design competition for the Euro Cent, British entry for the European Competition 1996.
Winner of the Royal Mint design competition for the 25th anniversary of the our entry into the Common Market fifty pence coin 1997.
Winner of the Royal Mint design competition for the 50th anniversary of DNA Double Helix two pound coin.

Acquisitions / Collections of work by John Mills

WORK IN COLLECTIONS INCLUDING
Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
The Duke of Edinburgh.
The London Firebrigade.
The City of London.
Queenswood School UK.
Nuffield College, Oxford.
Chicago Institute of Fine Art.
University of Michigan Museum of Fine Art.
The Sherwood Collection, UK.
The Chemiakin Foundation Collection, USA.
Harlow Arts Trust, UK.
Clark University, USA.
The Bolls Collection, USA.
The Kosykian Collection, Detroit, USA.
The R&C Sherwood Collection, UK.
The Anthony Worral Thomson Collection, UK
John was the sculptor commissioned to carry out this artwork called "Memorial to the Women of World War 2" which is now situated in Whitehall, London. The work was unveiled by HM The Queen in July 2005.

COMMISSIONS INCLUDE
London County Council, sculpture in four schools 1954 - 1960.
National Society for Spastics, 1961.
Westminster City Council (William Blake Memorial) 1966.
The Royal Institution (Sir William Bragg Memorial) 1968.
Cambridge City Council, 1966.
Ministry of Public Building and Works (Big Ben Memorial) 1959.
Ministry of Public Building and Work, Crowthorne (Road Research Laboratory Relief) 1966.
Education authorities of Middlesex, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Hertfordshire 1954 - 1975.
Hemel Hemsptead New Towns Commission, 1964.
The Wellcome Foundation.
Imperial Chemical Industries.
Lola Racing Cars 1960.
Universities of Cambridge, Manchester, Edinburgh, Worcester, Massachusetts, Michigan, Eastern Michigan.
Waites Development (Jorrocks) 1982.
Thames Investment Group.
Wiggin Waterside (London River Man).
Rank Xerox Headquarters (Three Kings) 1991.
British Aerospace, Brooklands, Weybridge, Surrey, UK (Sopwith Memorial) 1988.
Sea Containers Ltd.
Ashwell Church, Hertfordshire, UK (Risen Christ).
Woodperry House, (Mastiffs) UK.
Windsor Court Hotel, New Orleans (St George) 1993.
P&O, UK, for the ‘ORIANA` (Harlequin and Colombine Series I) 1995.
Wansbeck DC, Ashington, UK. (Jackie Milburn Memorial) 1995.
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, for ‘Legend of the Seas` (Thor Heyerdahl) 1995.
Grandeur of the Seas 996. `Enchantment of the Seas` 1997.
Celebrity Cruise Line 1996.
Bedford Borough Council ‘The Meeting` 1996.
‘Eddystone Lighthouse centenary medal for the Royal Mint 1998.
‘Berlin Airlift` fiftieth anniversary medal for the Royal Mint 1998.
Charleston Place Hotel, South Carolina, USA ‘QUADRIGA FOUNTAIN` for Orient Express Hotels.
Sawbridgeworth church of Great St Mary, ‘RISEN CHRIST` 1999.
Cavendish Hotel on the Chatsworth Estate, ‘TIME`.
P&O UK, for the ‘AURORA`, (Aurora Cascade lalique like panel 35ft high) 2000.

Public Works of John Mills

WORK IN PUBLIC PLACES
William Blake Memorial, Blake House, London, UK.
The National Firefighters Memorial, St Paul`s Cathedral, London, UK.
John Jorrocks, East Croydon, London.
Family, Thames Centre, Newton Aycliffe, Northumberland, UK.
Brothers, University Hospital, Ann Arbor, Michigan USA.
Swimmers, Cambridge swimming pool, Cambridge, UK
Diver, University of Eastern Michigan, USA
St George,Windsor Court Hotel, New Orleans, USA.
Thoughtful Girl, Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA.
The Thrower, Ernest Bevin School, Tooting, London.
Boy With Cat, Highfields, Hemel Hempstead, UK.
Lion, Ward Freeman School, Buntingford, Hertfordshire, UK.
The Unicorn and Wellcome, Wellcome Foundation, Beckenham, Kent, UK.
Road Research, Road Research Laboratories, Crowthorne, UK.
The Risen Christ, Ashwell Church, Hertfordshire, UK.
Eugene&Sadye Power, Power Centre for the Performing Arts, Ann Arbor Michigan, USA.
Sir T.O.M.E. Sopwith, Brooklands Museum, Brooklands, UK.
Sir Lawrence Bragg, The Royal Institution, London, UK.
The Risen Christ, Church of St Nicholas, Hinxworth, Hertfordshire,UK.
Jackie Milburn Memorial Ashington, Northumberland, UK.
The Meeting, Harpur Square, Bedford, Bedfordshire,UK.
Chinese Reference, Harlow (Church Langley Tesco Site), Essex, UK.
Quadriga Fountain, Charleston Place Hotel, Charleston, SC, USA.
Family Outing, Brentford Dock, Middlesex, UK.
`Time` (milennium sundial), Cavendish Hotel (Chatsworth Esate) Derbyshire, UK.
The Risen Christ, Church of Great St Mary, Sawbridgeworth, Essex, UK.
Memorial to Alan Turing, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK
National Monument to The Women of World War II, Whitehall, London,UK.
Moura Lympany, Royal Academy of Music, London, UK.

Publications / Media / Bibliography of John Mills

John Mills`s Publications
Sculpture in Ciment Fondu, 1958 (Contractors Record, London).
* The Technique of Sculpture 1962 (B.T.Batsford, London).
* Sculpture in Concrete, 1966 (McClaren, London).
* The Technique of Casting for Sculpture 1968 (B.T.Batsford, London).
* Studio Bronze Casting 1969 (McClaren, London), this book was written in collaboration with Michael Gillespie ARBS.
* Modelling the Figure and Head 1978 (B.T.Batsford, London).
* Encyclopaedia of Sculpture Techniques 1989 (B.T.Batsford, London).
* Catalogue contribution for Chelsea Harbour 93 (RBS) 1993.
* Sculpture 108, Contributed article "What I didn`t learn at Art School" Spring issue 1997
* Sculpting the Human Figure 2006 (Crowood Press).

Teaching Experience

John Mills`s Various part time teaching posts in UK from 1958-1962.
Full time at St. Albans School of Art and Hertfordshire College of Art and Design 1962-1977.
Visiting Associate Professor in Printmaking and Sculpture, Eastern Michigan University 1970-1971.
Visiting lecturer Detroit School of Creative Arts 1970-1971.
Visiting Professor and Artist in Residence University of Michigan 1980.
Stopped teaching on a regular basis 1977.

Mediums utilised

John Mills's work is found in the following materials:

Artwork Categorised

John Mills's work is found in the following categories on site:
Sculptures of Sport in General
Garden Or Yard / Outside and Outdoor Sculptures
Public Art Sculpture
Portrait Sculptures / Commission or Bespoke or Customised Sculptures
Commission and Custom and Bespoke sculpture Statues
Male Men Youths Masculine Statues Sculptures statuettes figurines
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