Born in Tyrol, Austria in 1964, Andreas spent much of his younger years on his father’s numerous construction sites, where he developed his interest and knowledge in building and construction. His inspiration in rock sculpture originated from the 2,000 granite boulders around his Austrian farmhouse, however since arriving in Australia, basalt has started playing an important role in his work
Andreas created his sculpture 'Signs' on site at Hanging Rock Winery in November 2018
As an artist, Rudi takes his instruction and inspiration from forms in nature - from the detail contained in a seedpod to the fragility of a massive riverbed. The observer might use his work as a point of contemplation of our connectedness to the natural world and the extraordinary minutiae it contains. Rudi recently won the 2018 Yering Station / Montsalvat Outdoor Sculpture Award.
Ben was born in Victoria in 1976 and has qualifications in carpentry, building and construction. Ben has been exploring his own sculpture practice in recent years. His work has been in numerous group exhibitions and private collections throughout Australia.
Dan emigrated from Minnesota in the mid-1970s. During his time, he has taught 3D disciplines at State College Victoria, secondary schools, institutes, TAFE and colleges of advanced education. He is a former Coordinator of the Sculpture Studio at Monash University and now works full-time in his studio located in West Brunswick. He has exhibited widely in Australia and overseas with work in many private, public and corporate collections.
Phillip’s artmaking explores the sense-making you engage in when acknowledging, experiencing and exploring our connections with the place, things and people where we find ourselves. Our experience of, with, and through things becomes a place where we make ourselves. Our relationship with form, forms our relationship with ourselves, in our skin.
James has been a sculptor for around 20 years and has most recently won the 2018 Aqualand Sculpture Award at Sculpture by the Sea and the 2016 Montalto Sculpture Prize. The fundamental idea of James’ sculptural practice is the desire to examine the aesthetic potential of the circular form and over the last couple of years, has been focusing in on the creation of lines through points of intersection and negative space.
Jimmy’s sculptures often relate to personal experiences and familiar objects. Having lived within both natural and farmed Australian landscapes throughout his life, rebellious kangaroos, machine-horse hybrids, playful sheep and utilitarian objects have inevitably been cast as the actors of his narrative-based works. His sculptures challenge scale, present narratives, humanise animals and ask questions about the future of our earth.
Adrian Spurr is an award-winning sculptor and a master printmaker. As a sculptor his practice embraces both carving, assemblage and bronze casting. He spends considerable time in the Wimmera region of north-west Victoria and frequently works as a sculptor in Italy.
Kerry was born in Denver USA in 1958 and moved to Australia 1995. He cast his first bronze sculpture in 1996 and has remained with the same medium ever since. Comics are a big influence in his sculptures, which he describes as ‘Narrative art’ because of their ability to tell stories. Kerry has his own sculpture park, Ceramic Break in Warialda NSW.
Trentham-based artist/designer Matthew Harding sadly passed away in February 2018. Throughout his professional life, he was engaged in a diverse contemporary practice spanning sculpture, public art and design. He worked in wood, stone, steel and bronze, utilising traditional methods through to cutting-edge technologies. His works exhibited extensively throughout Australia and overseas.
Anton wants to share his delight in the wondrous and mysterious world with others equally fascinated by their experiences in life. He explores his imagination, making real (as he can) the swirling images, sounds and ideas in the hope that these experimental investigations resonate with fellow dreamers and inquisitive souls that, together, might manifest in life lived to the full.
Living in country Victoria, Brigit’s works reflect on the natural environment and the constant pull between nature and people that inhabit the land. She uses traditional crafts and often labour-intensive techniques in combination with rather industrial masculine materials to create fragile and seemingly elegant works of art.
Born in 1960, Mike majored in Sculpture with Honours from Monash University (Clayton) in 1983, then became part of Roar Group. From the initial years, his work has gradually become more refined and minimal, drawing on tribal art and culture from the Australasia region as an influence to comment on the tribalistic tendencies of modern society. Most recently, Mike won the 2018 Montalto Sculpture Prize.
Geoffrey was born in Melbourne in 1952. He studied at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He has been awarded a prestigious Harkness fellowship and was the first Australian to complete a Master of Fine Arts (Hons) at Columbia University, New York. Geoffrey has lectured in sculpture at various universities, institutes and colleges and has exhibited extensively in Australia and abroad. He is represented by Australian Galleries.
Jock is a sculptor and printmaker of national significance known for his sophisticated abstract forms executed with precision and detail, while still maintaining an impression of underlying esoteric narrative. He is represented in many national and international public art collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, National Gallery of Australia and numerous other state and regional galleries.
Nicole’s love of sculpture first started whilst gaining her Diploma of Visual Arts. Following her studies, Nicole then travelled to Africa, specifically to Tengenenge in Zimbawe, where she studied stone carving, with Bernard Matemera and developed a deep appreciation of the primitive art and, particularly, the figurative form.
Nicole then furthered her interest in the figurative from, exploring the combination of stone, cast aluminium, steel and stainless steel.
Phillip is an established Melbourne artist with a career spanning four decades in sculpture, painting and printmaking. He is a graduate of RMIT (1978) having studied printmaking under the late George Baldessin, Tate Adams and Graeme King, sculpture under Anthony Pryor, and painting under Andrew Sibley and Ron Miller.
Moz is a very nature orientated artist who attributes his artistic flair to the fact that he failed everything else in his school life! As a short, bearded man with mop hair, he refers to himself as the Brett Whitely of sculpture
Jason’s sculptural practice is underpinned by ideas of contemporary architecture, urbanisation and how we live with the ‘stuff’ around us. In his studio, ubiquitous objects such as the body of a car, a gardener’s shed, pencils, tools and tree branches undergo series of interventions resulting in a hybridised object that occupies an uncanny space between the past and the present, the natural and the manufactured.
Chris’ career as a boilermaker working with steel has been a large part of his development as a disciplined maker. His recent work has moved away from the industrial environment as he has found that creating sculpture allows him to further explore and enjoy his ideas with mild steel, corten and stainless steel without boundaries and limitations.
Anthony has for years had a preference for sculpting animals, as their natural grace and athleticism make them an easy subject. Rather than just producing a study of nature, he seeks to accentuate in a sculpture an animal’s strength or charm, often choosing to elongate limbs or exaggerate the body volume, for the purpose of making a work of art.
Mark Stoner is represented in many major public galleries and private collections. He has completed a number of significant public art commissions, including ‘North’ on the City of Geelong foreshore, ‘The River Runs Through It’ at Docklands in Melbourne, ‘Ephemeral Lake’ at the Royal Botanic Garden, Cranbourne, and ‘Watercourse’ at Adelaide International Airport.
Drawing upon organic and geometric shapes, Chris uses these precisely and repetitively to form large scale three dimensional objects. He is particularly concerned with the idea of using one shape to form an object which in turn creates another bolder shape, either in positive space or negative space. Chris lives in Collingwood and owns Lump Sculpture Studio.
David studied Fine Art sculpture at RMIT and completed a Post Graduate at the VCA. He has had numerous exhibitions around Melbourne, constantly working with different ideas and materials. Over the last decade he has been employed as a stonemason, specifically restoration, which has informed his work in various ways.