Una Hanbury was born just outside of London England in 1904. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in London, England, also studied drawing in France at the La Grande Chaumier and L'Academie Julien. She studied animal drawing with painter Frank Calderon, and sculpture with Sir Jacob Epstein and the March brothers.
The Yugoslav government commissioned Ms. Hanbury to create a 12-foot marble monolith for permanent exhibition in the Beli Venac Sculpture Park in Arandjelovac, Yugoslavia. She also created a double life-sized bronze memorial portrait of Dato David Sung, which stands in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Una Hanbury's works are on view in museums throughout the world, including the Smithsonian Institute, the National Portrait Gallery and the National Academy of Science in Washington D.C.; the Museum of Navajo Ceremonial Art in Santa Fe (called the Wheelwright Museum since 1976); The Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff; and the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
The artist completed large commissions in Washington, D.C., Virginia, Maryland, Ohio, and numerous Federal building complexes, medical centers, private firms, churches, and parks. Her portrait busts (from life) include Andres Segovia, Polingaysi (a great Hopi educator and potter), Dr. Robert Oppenheimer, Georgia O'Keefe, Dr. Frances Kelsey, and Rachel Carson.
Hanbury's reputation as an outstanding artist has spanned several decades and continents. She is included in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Art, Who's Who Among American Women, and Bronzes of the American West.
EDUCATION … Frank Calderon, London Chelsea Polytechnic, London Jacob Epstein, London La Grande Chaumiere, L'Academie Julian, Paris March Brothers, Kent Royal Academy of Art, London SELECT EXHIBITIONS Cowboy Hall of Fame, Oklahoma City, O Gerald Ford Amphitheater, Vail, C Mostra d'Arte Moderna, Camaiore, Italy National Academy of Design, Washington, National Arts Club, Washington D.C. National Sculpture Society, Washington, Royal Academy, London Salon d'Automne, Paris COLLECTIONS … Embassy of Spain, Washington, D.C._John F. Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C Los Alamos, NM National Laboratory and Museum_NM Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff, AZ_National Academy of Science, Washington, National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C. Rio Grande Zoo, Albuquerque, NM Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C Yellow Knife Museum, Northwest Territory, Canada