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John William Mills (PPRBS ARCA FRSA) is an English sculptor. He was born in London on March 4, 1933. He studied at Hammersmith School of Art 1947-1954, and at the Royal College of Art 1956-1960.

He was a resident at Digswell House 1962-1966. and currently lives at Hinxworth Place in Hertfordshire.


Various part time teaching posts in UK from 1958-1962. Full time at St. Albans School of Art and Hertfordshire College of Art and Design 1962-1977. Visiting Associate Professor in Printmaking and Sculpture, Eastern Michigan University 1970-1971. Visiting lecturer Detroit School of Creative Arts 1970-1971. Visiting Professor and Artist in Residence University of Michigan 1980. Stopped teaching on a regular basis 1977.


Made Fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors 1982, elected president of that Society 1986 and again in 1997. Made Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts 1993. Awarded an Honorary Master of Arts Degree by University College Northampton 2000

Work in Public Places

William Blake Memorial, (Blake House, London).

Blitz the National Firefighters Memorial (South side of St. Paul's Cathedral, London, England)

London River Man (Isle of Dogs, London, England).

John Jorrocks (East Croydon, London, England).

Family Outing (Thames Centre, Newton Aycliffe, Northumberland, England).

Brothers (University Hospital, Ann Arbor, Michigan USA).

Swimmers (Cambridge swimming pool, Cambridge, England)

Diver (Eastern Michigan University, USA)

St George (Windsor Court Hotel, New Orleans, USA).

Degas Dancing (La Cabaña Restaurant, Buenos Aires, Argentina).

Thoughtful Girl (Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA).

The Thrower (Ernest Bevin School, Tooting, London, England).

Boy With Cat (Highfields, Hemel Hempstead, England).

Lion (Ward Freeman School, Buntingford, Hertfordshire, England).

The Unicorn and Wellcome Wellcome Foundation, Beckenham, Kent, England).

Road Research (Road Research Laboratories, Crowthorne, England).

The Risen Christ, St Mary's Church, Ashwell, Hertfordshire, Egland).

Sir Thomas Sopwith (Brooklands Museum, Brooklands, England).

Sir Lawrence Bragg, (The Royal Institution, London, England).

Jackie Milburn Memorial (Ashington, Northumberland, England)

The Meeting, Harpur Square, Bedford, Bedfordshire, England.

Chinese Reference, Harlow, Essex, England (Tesco Site).

Quadriga, fountain Charleston Place Hotel, Charleston, SC USA

Time, Cavendish Hotel (Chatsworth House Estate) Derbyshire, England.

The Risen Christ, Church of Great St Mary, Sawbridgeworth, Essex, England.

Campus Thoughts, University College, Northampton, England.

Memorial to Alan Turing, University of Surrey, Guildford, England.

Lion and the Unicorn and Digitalis, William Harvey Centre, Charterhouse Square, London, England.

Monument to the Women of World War II Whitehall, London, England..


Winner of the design competition for ‘The Topham Trophy’ 1961 and 1962.

Winner of the Otto Beit medal in 1983 for the sculpture ‘Curved Neck Grace’.

Winner of the RBS silver medal in 1991 for ‘Blitz’.

Winner of the Royal Mint design competition for the ‘D-Day fifty pence coin 1993’.

Winner of the Royal Mint design competition for the ‘VE Day two pound coin 1994'.

Winner of the Royal Mint design competition for the Euro Cup two pound coin 1995.

Winner of the Coin of the Year award (Krause Publications) for the D-Day fifty pence 1994.

Winner of the Royal Mint design competition for the Euro Cent, British entry for the European Competition 1996.

Winner of the Royal Mint design competition for the 25th anniversary of the our entry into the Common Market fifty pence coin 1997.

Winner of the Royal Mint design competition for the 50th anniversary of DNA Double Helix two pound coin.

Published Works

Sculpture in Ciment Fondu, 1958 (Contractors Record, London).

The Technique of Sculpture 1962 (B.T.Batsford, London).

Sculpture in Concrete, 1966 (McClaren, London ).

The Technique of Casting for Sculpture 1968 (B.T.Batsford, London).

Studio Bronze Casting 1969 (McClaren, London), this book was written in collaboration with Michael Gillespie ARBS.

Modelling the Figure and Head 1978 (B.T.Batsford, London).

Encyclopaedia of Sculpture Techniques 1989 (B.T.Batsford, London).

Catalogue contribution for Chelsea Harbour 93 (RBS) 1993.

Sculpture 108, Contributed article ‘What I didn’t learn at Art School’ Spring issue 1997

Sculpting the Human Figure 2006 (Crowood Press)


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