lorne mckean

This artist accepts commissions

Mediums Used

Lorne Mckean`s long and highly successful career continues to flourish with many exciting new commissions. She has countless works in public and private spaces and a royal commission early in her career lead to four more Royal commissions, the most recent being a 1/2 life-size bronze of H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh for Guards Polo Club, Windsor Park. She is regarded to be in the top 5 horse sculptors in the world by the Daily Telegraph.

I vividly remember aged 7 being given a bag of clay and at that moment knowing that out of that simple clay I could make anything, people, animals, buildings, stars, farms, zoos, there were endless possibilities and I played for hours. My life making sculpture still feels like that first moment of playing as a child.
I meet and work with many fascinating people from all walks of life and enjoy the challenge of pushing the boundaries of what is possible both artistically, as in The Horsham Heritage Sundial and technically as in the 28 ft Leeds Birds “Flight”. I love becoming totally absorbed in the qualities, action and essence of my subject through hours of study. This can take many forms, like when Herbert the Trout lived in the bath for 6 months or through just a moment of really seeing.

Sculptures by lorne mckean



Studied at Signorini Simi in Florence, Guilford School of Art and then the Royal Academy School, Married sculptor Edwin Russell FRBS.

The late Lord Salisbury, Hatfield House
Sir Michael Redgrave
The late HRH Prince William of Gloucester Kensington Palace
The Earl of Lichfield, televised for the BBC
Portrait series:
HM The Queen, Drapers Hall and RHHI

Equestrian sculptures
HRH Prince Philip on his polo pony, HM The Queen`s personal Silver Wedding gift for her husband, Buckingham Palace
Prince Charles on his polo pony, Pans Folly
John Pinches International Dressage trophy
French show jumping stallion "Galoubet"
Pony series for Royal Worcester Porcelain
Racehorse "Troy", Royal Worcester
Racehorse "Snurge"
"Desert Orchid" bronze
Adolfo Cambiaso playing polo on Aitken Cura
Lee Pearson performing dressage

She has just completed a bronze of Adolfo Cambiaso, the worlds greatest Polo player and a sculpture of Lee Pearson (paralympic winner of 9 gold medals) performing dressage..

Lorne began studying seriously at the age of 10 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 McKean was a student at the Royal Academy Schools and won the Leverhume Scholarship, the Silver medal for sculpture combined with architecture, and the Feodora Gleichen Scholarship. Two sculptures were accepted by 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 McKean`s exhibitions have been an outstanding success with the public and critics alike and her work has gone to collections all over the world"

Whenever possible Lorne likes to work from life as she finds direct contact with her subject inspires, enlivens and enlightens her work. The search for the essence of a subject has always attracted and fascinated her.

Lorne McKean is married to sculptor Edwin Russell who she met while studying at the Royal Academy Schools and they have two children, Rebecca a Veterinary surgeon and Tanya founder and principal of The Art Academy, London Bridge.


Lorne Mckean Taught at the Art Academy, London Bridge.


“It is her immense grasp of the principles of movement,as well as her technique,which makes her work so sought after" The Field

"One of the worlds greatest equestrian sculptors"
The Telegraph

Public Works

AA Milne memorial, London Zoo
Shearwaters, Richmond
Girl and Swan, Reading
Osprey Fountain, Greenwich, USA
Great Swan, Great Swan Alley, EC2
Arctic Terns, Chester Zoo and Henley
Girl and Otter fountain, London, EC1
Swan fountain, Horsham
Piries Donkey and Cart Play sculpture
Unipath sculpture, 16` bronze
Flight, 27` bronze, Leeds
Heron Fountain, Reading
HRH Prince Philip on his polo pony, three quarter life size, Guards Polo Club

Public Acquisitions
Drapers Hall Hatfield House Buckingham Palace Kensington Palace Willoughby House New York University Collection Coventry Museum