Tale of Respect – Ken Newman


Tale of Respect #8/22, Bronze on Walnut Base, 31H x 21W x 22L

Creating a posture that expresses the dynamic nature of a pheasant while accentuating an artistic line was the challenge. This posture only existed inside of me and may not be a natural representation of the bird. So, the bird’s posture and artistic line are a reflection of my own life experiences, attitudes and understanding of nature and not that of a camera lens. The struggle of expressing an artistic concept while structuring my first armature, developing texture to move the eye and trying to visualize a patina that would complement the design represented a formidable challenge.

As a sportsman, Tale of Respect, not only reflects the historical pheasant hunting tradition, but my personal experiences in the fields. Several years ago, when I arrived home in the spring, I was greeted by the call of a lone male pheasant in search of a mate. The diligence at which he crowed on the half hour became almost heart felt for our local population has declined. The decline is both nature and man related – predation – agricultural change and development.

Standing on a single slender leg accentuates the pheasant’s dynamic posture and precarious relationship with man. This bird’s continued existence, as much as with most wildlife, is based on man and economics.

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Artist Bio:

Born and raised in Ft Bragg California, Ken Newman began sculpting in the late 1970’s when he petitioned an independent study in wood sculpture to fulfill a Humanities requirement in college. Now living in Idaho and traveling the country over 20 years, his sculpture genres include wildlife, animal and the figure, in both raw forms of wood and in clay for casting in bronze using the loss wax process.

Working clay by hand and with tools then creating a mold and casting a bronze involves technique, craftsmanship and design combined with thought, beauty and emotion. I strive to create unique sculptures in small editions of 11 or 22. Patinas are applied with heat and acids creating unique colors imbedded into the bronze. Bases vary, creating many unique narratives. Inspired by my travels and varied experiences, my sculptures reflect personal and societal interpretations of nature and man’s interaction within the environment. As man becomes distanced from the natural world, I hope to capture a unique view of nature, where personal discovery becomes a focal point. My sculptural ideas are based on a foundation of abstract designs, complex compositions and narratives. The challenge to create unique and meaningful bronze sculptures is what drives me on my path in life as a sculptor.

Ken states that “my sculptures question and interpret the relationships of man and nature and how each influences the other. My art is a statement of my journey of life, an effort to understand the world. As we become distanced from the natural world, I try to capture a unique view of nature where discovery becomes a focal point. Creating art that impacts the viewer’s thoughts and perceptions of nature is my goal.”

Sculpting in new mediums and subjects including the figure, gives Ken another opportunity to share a vision or story with those who love art. Ken recently completed the installation of The Last Whistle at the Saginaw Art Museum in Michigan, immortalizing generations of skilled labor in America and in October 2020 another 2 monumental figures will be installed.


Ken Newman is an Elected Member of the National Sculpture Society, Signature member of the Society of Animal Artists, an Elected member of the Allied Artists of America. His sculptures reside in museums and private collections across North America and Canada.

  • 107th Allied Artists of America, NYC - Rainier Casting Award (2020)
  • Purchase Awards at Birds in Art, Wausau WI, Composed and Mischief and Plunder
  • 86th National Sculpture Society, NYC - Award Winner (2019)
  • Sculpture Walk Sioux Falls SD- Award Winner (2019)