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. Between 1982 and 1993, whilst working as a ski instructor and coach, he spent the summer months restoring an old farmhouse in Waldviertel, Austria, tapping into his creative and design skills. From 1990 the estate had developed into an open air studio and sculpture garden, thus beginning his career as a sculptor.
Andreas’ 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. He considers himself extremely lucky to be living on both sides of the world, gathering inspiration from the local landscapes. Turning rocks into magnificent sculptures and to be able to share these with the public, drives Andreas’ creative force.
“I follow their trails, hear their signals and am able to gather them from the most extraordinary places and create such different pieces with each and every one, showing its own uniqueness – whether they be small or large.”
Andreas is a member of the Austrian Association of Visual Artists and the “Wiener Kuenstlerhaus”.
Artists in exhibition
As an artist I take my 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 my work as a point of contemplation of our connectedness to the natural world and the extraordinary minutiae it contains'.
Pod is a contemporary interpretation of a small seedpod.I want to draw the viewer’s attention to the beauty that is often found in the miniscule detail of nature, in the hope that the awareness of beauty will create a more positive attitude towards preservation of our fragile ecosystem.
Ben was born in Victoria in 1976 and has qualifications in carpentry, building and construction. He is an experienced sculpture fabricator and has been involved in the construction and installations of many of Victoria’s prominent and well-known large outdoor sculptures. He has collaborated with many of Australia’s finest and most respected sculptures in developing sculpture concepts and is very experienced in developing solutions relating to the removal, relocation and installation of sculptures.
Recently Ben has begun to explore his own sculpture practice and his work has been selected for major exhibitions including Montalto Sculpture Prize, Williamstown Festival Contemporary Art Prize, The Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award, Tesselaar Sculpture Prize, Deakin University Contemporary Sculpture Award, Sculpture by the Sea and Toorak Village Sculpture Exhibition.
His works and commissions can be found in a number of private collections, and also at Armstrong Creek at the Warralily Development.
Melbourne based sculptor Dan Wollmering is known for his long career (spanning over four decades) creating object-based sculpture that have evolved in a non-linear fashion. Using traditional mediums - steel, bronze and wood - he has fabricated, cast and modelled objects that rely chiefly on their abstractness to generate unfixed meanings. From gestural figurative influences through to references in theoretical physics, his practice also seeks inspiration and ideas sourced from overseas Art Residencies in: China, Malaysia & USA. More recently, synergies between sculpture and architecture, creating outdoor timber structures that respond to site and history have reintroduced notions of the formal hand-made amongst scenic landscape. Paralleling his extensive teaching and research career, he has held 26 Solo Exhibitions and work in over 80 Group Exhibitions including both private and public commissions. Wollmering is a frequent presenter at Art & Design Conferences, Symposia as well publishing papers in peer-reviewed journals that relate to the interface of sculpture in the public realm as well as his own practice.
Born in Melbourne, Philip holds a range of Graduate and Post Graduate degrees culminating in his Phd exhibition in Sculpture and Drawing at Monash University in 2015. Over his 30 years of artmaking his work has travelled through a range of imagery and media. He has been presented in a broad range of solo and group exhibtions, nationally and internationally. Throughout his career he has enjoyed the priviledged involvement in some major art commissions, including St. Patrick’s Cathedral Parramatta working under the architect Aldo Giurgola. He is currently involved in completing a Memorial for the Homeless which is to be installed in Sacred Heart Parish, St.Kilda.
Over this time he has also maintained a passionate involvement in teaching Drawing and Sculpture at major Melbourne based Tertiary Art Schools. His studio is based in Woodend, Victoria, where he lives with his wife and children.
The fundamental idea of my sculptural practice is the desire to examine the aesthetic potential of the circular form. The group of guidelines that goes along with that can and have been bent along the way but only if the evolution of my work is gradual and not a departure. Over the last couple of years I have been focusing in on the creation of lines through points of intersection and negative space. Other personal interests have naturally snuck their way into my work, one being my love of surfing and with that, love of the wave. M-thirtysix came about from all of these elements. It is quite a complicated work. It is an explosion of controled chaos not unlike the point in a wave where it breaks on the land and the power is set free to go where it wants to.
I have been extremely lucky to be working as a sculptor for around 20 years now. In that time have been able to create many works and had the previlege of exhibiting in many different exhibitions. I always want to keep evolving and am forever excited to see what happens next.
Adrian Spurr is an award winning sculptor (Toorak Sculpture Prize 2012) and a master printmaker. He works from his sculpture studio at the Shakespeare Grove Artist Studios, St. Kilda. As a printmaker he works at the Sunshine Print Artspace, where he is a co-founder and co-director. He spends considerable time in the north-west of Victoria, in the Wimmera, and frequently works as a sculptor and printmaker in Italy, near Spoleto in Umbria.
As a sculptor his practice embraces carving, assemblage and bronze casting. Carving is primarily done in stone and wood using hand tools. In his assemblage work he frequently employs a variety of found furniture that become buried in vast quantities of hand shaped, small wooden pieces.
Zeus in Ruin, which has been carved from a single block of Gosford Sandstone, is the third manifestation of this particular stone sculpture, found here partially buried in the landscape. The first manifestation was Zeus lying in State (Carlysle Street Artspace, St. Kilda Town Hall, 2017). The second manifestation was Zeus the Pariah (St. Kilda Art Crawl, Fitzroy St., St Kilda, 2018). The Zeus trilogy alludes to the gradual waning in significance of ancient mythologies in our twenty first century world.
Pamela Irving has a Bachelor of Education and Master of Arts, from the University of Melbourne. Irving has exhibited widely throughout Australia as well as in Hong Kong, Russia, Japan and the USA. Her works are held in public and private collections in Australia, USA, HK, Russia, China and Japan .
Selected collections include, Museums Victoria, Bars Collection Russia, Art Bank, The City Museum of Ravenna, Italy, Regional Gallery collections, Municipal Collections, University Collections and Luna Park, Melbourne. Pamela works across media and her pieces adorn many public spaces in Melbourne and afar. Recent commissions include a Mosaic Mural at the Shanghai American School in Shanghai, NIST The International School in Bangkok, The International School of Kuala Lumpar and the Luna Palace façade, Luna Park Melbourne.
In June 2017 the City of Whitehorse, held a large solo exhibition of Pamela’s work titled “Irreverent Tales”. Works spanned from 1984 -2017. It was a highly successful exhibition with further works being purchased for public and private collections.
In February 2018, Pamela held a solo exhibition at Deakin University’s Southbank Campus titled “Yolo Man and his Apocalptic Alphabet”. Her upcoming exhibitions include SOFA, (Sculpture, Objects, Fine Arts) exhibition in Chicago, USA and exhibition in France.
Jock Clutterbuck 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. Clutterbuck studied sculpture and printmaking at the Gordon Institute at Geelong and R.M.I.T., graduating 1966 and he subsequently taught from 1969 to 1973 before taking up the position lecturing in sculpture at the Victorian College of the Arts in 1974. He was appointed Head of the Sculpture Department in 1984, a position he held until retiring in 2000.
He is represented in many national and international public art collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of N.S.W., National Gallery of Victoria, Queensland Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Tasmanian Art Gallery and Museum, Hobart, and the regional galleries of Ballarat, Bendigo, Castlemaine, Launceston, Newcastle, Sale, Shepparton and Warrnambool. He was awarded the Australian Print Council Print Prize in 1969 and 1973, the Geelong Print Prize in 1972 and the Gippsland Print Prize in 2017. He has represented Australia in fourteen invitational International Print Biennales since 1972.
Nicole’s love of sculpture first started whilst gaining her Diploma of Visual Arts.
Following her studies, Nicole then travelled to Africa, specifically to Tangenenge - Zimbawe, where she studied stone carving, with Bernard Matemera and developed a deep appreciation of the primitive art and, particulary, the figurative form.
Nicole then furthered her interest in the figurative from, exploring the combination of stone, cast aluminium, steel and stainless steel.
Nicole’s latest body of work uses Cor-10 and stainless steel, mixing the formal human elements, in conjunction with non-human elements, to create an impression or the illusion of creating a different narrative.
Whether using stainless or Cor 10 steel, cast aluminium, stone, or a combination of each, and whilst exploring the use of negative, or positive space, her latest body of work is representative of Nicole’s continuing figurative journey.
My career as a boilermaker working with steel has been a large part of my development as a disciplined maker. More recently my work has moved away from the industrial environment and I find that creating sculpture allows me to further explore and enjoy my ideas with mild steel, cor-ten and stainless steel without boundaries and limitations. Time spent with a pencil lost in a sketchbook, or in my Macedon studio between the welder and grinder fill me with excitement and limitless possibilities.
My work explores simple geometric shapes, fluid lines and abstract forms. It's robust yet fluid, I seek equilibrium in my work.
Other works by Chris Flenley can be seen at the Campaspe River Sculpture Walk, Kyneton. Trio Art Studio & Gallery, 98 Trio Rd Kyneton. (by appointment) Bress Winery, 3894 Harmony Way, Harcourt.
Over the years I have developed a preference for sculpting animals. Their natural grace and athleticism make them an easy subject for me. Rather than just producing a study of nature, I seek 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, of beauty, that will be valued for life.
I have been producing bronze sculptures since 1988. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) from RMIT in 2000 and prior to this spent 3.5 years undertaking a sculpture apprenticeship in traditional methods in The Netherlands from 1987 to1990
Working in his studio in Gisborne, Anthony lovingly creates sculptures and etching prints all of which are fastidiously made to his satisfaction through his discipline and understanding of ancient sculpting techniques and etching processes. The sculptures generate a feeling of movement by the careful choice of the pose that he selects for each work.