Online Exhibition: April 29th - June 5th 2022
Whether depicted mid-flight, in the heat of a polo game or in a moment of calm reflection, Lorne McKean’s sculptures exude a deep love and respect for horses. Her incredible sensibility for translating the grace and movement of her subjects into the age old medium of bronze has elevated Lorne to among the very best equine sculptors in the world.
Every detail, from each straining muscle to each individually crafted hoof to the delicate reigns and stirrups, is precise and true to life lending each sculpture a distinct sense of presence and life.
Lorne McKean began studying art seriously at the age of 11 when her work attracted the attention of Prince Serge Yourievitch, a contemporary and friend of Rodin, and under his guidance and encouragement she began modelling at his studio.
Lorne was a student at the Royal Academy Schools, winning the Leverhulme Scholarship, the Silver medal for sculpture combined with architecture, the Feodora Gleichen Scholarship and two of her sculptures were accepted at the Royal Academy when she was only 20.
She was elected a member of the Society of Portrait Sculptors in 1969 and a Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1972.
Lorne has worked with many greats from the polo and equine world such as the world number one polo player Adolfo Cambiaso, 14-time Paralympic Games gold medalist Lee Pearson, Olympic Dressage gold medalist Carl Hester and H.R.H Prince Charles himself.
Possibly Lorne’s most notable commission is a 1/2 life size sculpture of the late H.R.H the Duke of Edinburgh which stands at the entrance to the famous Guards Polo Club in Windsor.