MARTIN JENNINGS

Biography

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.

Jennings’s large monument to Crimean War heroine Mary Seacole was installed outside St Thomas Hospital in London in 2016. This incorporated a 3m high figure in front of a towering cast of the surface of the ground from the battlefield. The sculpture was the subject of an ITV programme “In the Shadow of Mary Seacole”.

In the same year his sculpture of the "Women of Steel" who worked in the armaments industry during WW2 was sited in front of Sheffield City Hall and received the national award for public sculpture, the PMSA Marsh Award 2017.

A larger-than-lifesize sculpture of George Orwell for the exterior of BBC Broadcasting House in London was erected in 2017 which included a quotation from the author carved into the wall of the building.

Commissions in progress include 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 Society of Sculptors.

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