John W. Mills

British Post-war and contemporary sculptor

John W. Mills was born in London, England, in 1933. lives in Hinxworth, Hertfordshire. John studied at Hammersmith School of Art 1947-1954 and the Royal College of Art 1956-1960. He was a resident at the Digswell Art Trust 1962-1966. He was made a Fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors in 1982. He was awarded the Otto Beit medal in 1983 for the sculpture ‘Curved neck Grace.’ He was elected the president of the Society in 1986 and 1997. In 1993 made the Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. His works were featured in several exhibitions around the World at key galleries and museums including the Schaefer Gallery, New York; Piccadilly Gallery, London.

 He is Britain’s most celebrated sculptor with over seventy years of works around the world, his contribution to British Art are his three National monuments, “Tribute to William Blake” in 1989, Blake house Soho. 

“Blitz” completed 1991, St Paul Cathedral and the Memorial to the Women of World War in 2005, at the Cenotaph in the Whitehall, in 2005.

He is married to Josephine Demarne and works mainly from his studio in Hertfordshire, creating his ideas for his next major work of art for clients worldwide. He comes from the background of a school of art; therefore, he prefers working initially from drawings, later producing a small studio bronze maquette, and finally to completing Life-size bronze work.

ICAS – Vilas Fine Art proudly represents John W. Mills with a long-established relationship since 2001, working closely in securing investors, collectors, and buyers for his collection.

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The Graces in Art


Teaching Various part-time posts in UK 1958 – 1962. Senior Lecturer St. Albans School of Art

1962-1970. Principal Lecturer Hertfordshire College of Art and Design

1970-1977. Visiting Associate Professor, University of Eastern Michigan. Visiting Lecturer Detroit School of Creative Arts

1970. Visiting Professor and Artist In Residence, University of Michigan. Stopped teaching on a regular basis

1977. Made Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors

1982. Elected President of the Society 1986. Made Fellow of the RSA 1993.

Exhibition History ONE MAN EXHIBITIONS Held one-man exhibitions on a regular basis since 1959, including shows in London and other cities in the UK, Canada, USA, France, Australia, and Germany. A.I.A. Gallery, London 1959. Madden Galleries, London 1964. Letchworth City Gallery, UK 1965. Oakdene, Digswell 1965. Kenmore Galleries, Philadelphia 1966. Hitchin Art Gallery, UK 1968 1971 1977. Pollock Gallery, Toronto 1969 1971. Lantern Gallery, Michigan 1970 1971 1972 1974. Alwin Gallery, London 1975 1977 1979 1983. University of Michigan Gallery 1980 Alice Simsar Gallery, Michigan 1976 1979 1980 1982 1984 1986 1988 1989. Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney Australia 1980. Chapman Gallery, Canberra Australia 1989 1990. Beaux-Arts Gallery, Bath, UK 1988. Marina Henderson Gallery, London 1983. Kings Street Galleries, London 1986. Jonathan Poole Fine Art, Woodstock, UK 1989 1990. Surrey University Gallery, UK 1993. Woodlands Gallery, London 1994. Jonathan Poole, Compton Cassey 1996. The Whitby Gallery, UK 1999

His Mixed Exhibitions include:

The Royal Academy, London since 1951. Young Contemporaries

1951-1958 Zwemmer Gallery, London; Glasgow Institute of Fine Art; Schaefer Gallery, New York; Piccadilly Gallery, London; Bradford City Art Gallery, UK; Graven Image London

1961. International Print Show, Michigan

1970 Festival of Barjac, France 1

969. ‘The Face of Man’, Whitechapel Gallery, London; Arts Council the UK; Gallery 359, Nottingham, UK; Hallam Gallery, London. ‘Head Hands and Feet’, Margam Sculpture Park

1990. RBS exhibition at Scone Palace, Scotland. RBS Art in Action, UK

1992. RBS Woodlands Gallery, London 1992. RBS Exchange Court, Broadgate, London

1993 Abergavenny, South Wales ‘Sculpture in a Garden’ 1992. Chelsea Harbour ‘93′, London. RBS Sculpture at Osterley House, London

1995. Cities 97. Chelsea Harbour

1997 Pieces of Eight, LCA Albermarle Gallery, London

1997 Chelsea Art Club, London 1997. Simmons Gallery, London ‘Free Range’ 200 Jonathan Poole, Compton Cassey, UK

2000 ICAS – Vilas Fine Art – Letchworth Garden City, UK since 2001.

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” One of my favourite subjects to try to resolve as a sculpture is that of springboard and high board diving. The problems posed by this subject are those of expressing movement and grace, athleticism and style, as well as trying to convey the sensation of flight.” – John W. Mills

We welcome inquiries for special commissions.


My Sculptures has given me the opportunity of meeting members of The Royal Family which has always been an exciting and enjoyable experience

Dancing is creating a sculpture that is visible only for a moment

The sensation of flight – expressing the movement of grace, athleticism, and style