About Ken Hunt
Ken Hunt, born in Paddington, London began engraving fine English guns at the age of 15 working for James Purdey and Sons as an apprentice under the late Harry Kell in 1950. His early work had a commercial orientation with only 58 hours to complete a gun, to fulfill target output of one per week. Gradually Ken experimented with new techniques such as acid etching and damascening inlays to produce bespoke art pieces, distancing himself from the production line.
Perfecting styles over 60 years allowed him to create stunning game scenes and animal portraits as well as iconic scroll work. Devotion sparked innovations that were then perfected causing great demand for his work and was commissioned by Holland and Holland, John Rigby & Co, James Purdey and Sons, Westley Richards and other fine English gun makers. Ken Hunt engraved guns remain highly sort after at auction since his retirement in 2009. His artwork is in high demand at renowned auction houses.
Ken still draws and paints daily for his own pleasure, it is his raison d'etre.
As featured in The Shooting Sportsman & The Field Magazine
Charlie Bollands is the eldest grandson of Ken Hunt and founder of kenhunt.co.uk. Realising global demand for his grandfathers designs after his gun engraving retirement in 2009, Charlie has sort other methods and mediums to allow Ken to express his art creatively. The two work in close collaboration to combine heritage, passion and modern processes to create unique pieces. Charlie possesses a Masters degree in Manufacturing Engineering and has a wealth of experience in bringing new products to market for luxury brands.
"I would like to thank you for your interest in Ken's work and taking time to visit this website. I intend to launch new products featuring Ken's work including exclusive limited editions. In keeping with the reputation earned over 60 years of delivering luxury yet functional products, only the best materials and processes are used in our production. Therefore only products of the highest calibre will bear the K.C.Hunt signature."
- Charlie Bollands