Martin Jennings makes portrait sculptures and public statues, often incorporating carved inscriptions into the work. He has been commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery, St. Paul's Cathedral, the Palace of Westminster, the University of Oxford and many other national institutions. His work is in private and public collections worldwide.
His subjects include prominent figures from the worlds of politics, the military, royalty, academia, literature, industry, medicine and the law. His statue of John Betjeman at St. Pancras station is now a celebrated London landmark. His statue of Philip Larkin stands in Hull. In 2014 he made Britain's first statue of Charles Dickens for Portsmouth. His silver portrait of Lord Bingham, commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery, was a focus for discussion in a BBC 4 programme on portrait sculpture.
Two statues by Jennings were installed in 2016. The first commemorated the "Women of Steel" who worked in the armaments industry during WW2 and was sited in front of Sheffield City Hall. The second paid tribute to Crimean War nurse Mary Seacole and was positioned outside St Thomas' Hospital in Central London.
Commissions in progress include a larger-than-lifesize sculpture of George Orwell for the exterior of BBC Broadcasting House and statues of John Radcliffe for Oxford and Stanley Baldwin for Bewdley, Worcestershire.
All Jennings's bronze and silver sculptures are cast by Pangolin Editions.
Martin Jennings lives and works in Oxford. He is a Fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors.
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Photo Peter Searle