Madonna and child signed with initials 'JB' and numbered 'II/IX', bronze with verdigris patina 29.5 cm (11 1/2in)(height) a posthumous cast
ILLUSTRATED: Jonathan Black, Spirit of Faith The Sculpture of John Bunting, (London 2011), page 39 (clay version illustrated)
John Bunting (1927-2002) was a versatile sculptor who worked in stone, wood and bronze as well as being an accomplished draughtsman and printmaker. He studied at St Martin's School of Art, 1949-51, followed by the Royal College of Art under Frank Dobson, John Skeaping and Leon Underwood. The sculptures included in this sale date from this period and clearly show the influence of the modern abstract movement. In the mid 1950s, however, Bunting decided to make the move to Yorkshire rather than to stay in London at the heart of the art world. The move proved productive and a 40 year period of creativity began. Bunting turned away from modernism and found inspiration from his religious beliefs, the local history of the Northern Saints and the tradition of English Christianity.
John Bunting showed at the RA, had a solo show with Fischbacher, Paris in 1965 and a retrospective at Billingham Forum in 1972. He was a Fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors, was awarded their Otto Beit Bronze Medal in 1986, and taught throughout his career at York Art School and Ampleforth College, where past students included painters Andrew Festing and Humphrey Ocean, and sculptors Charles Hadcock and Anthony Gormley.
The book 'Spirit of Faith, The Sculpture of John Bunting' by Jonathan Black will accompany the lot.