“Ken Bunn is true to a personal philosophy. He’s been the epitome of how the animalier tradition continues to be carried on in America. I love the gestural aspects of his work. He can give you three lines and little detail, yet you know instantly what an animal is thinking.”
Susan Simpson Gallagher offers this assessment of Kenneth Bunn to Wildlife Art Journal magazine, based upon three decades of observing the sculptor’s career. Today the owner of an eponymous gallery in Cody, Wyoming, she is an art historian and former curator of the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Gallagher says that Bunn’s body of work, a half century in the making and avidly collected by prominent private individuals and public institutions, puts him in rare company. WAJ has assembled a selection of 16 works that we believe are amongst Bunn’s finest.
But first, a bit of context. In the foothills of the Colorado Rockies, a short drive from Bunn’s studio on Wazee Street, there’s a bruin that rises on hind legs near the Denver Museum of Natural History. Alert, head cocked, rustled, the animal and cubs were created by another master—his name not often found on the tip of the modern world’s tongue. The weathered statue was erected long ago—to commemorate grizzly bears when it was thought they might vanish completely from the American West.
Ken Bunn's 'The Intruder'
Ask Bunn about the creator and he shares eager reverence for Louis Paul Jonas (1895-1971)....
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Post Date:November 19th, 2011
'American Ken Bunn has become a living legend for his reputation in sculpture and his adventures gathering research in the bush. Foremost, his body of work amassed over 50 years establishes him as an influential adherent of the animalier tradition begun in Europe during the 19th century. Enjoy this Wildlife Art Journal feature story that offers readers a look at 16 of Bunn's greatest works.