Castaways 10th Anniversary

This Friday I’ll be installing my lastest Sculpture at the 10th Anniversary of Castaways Sculpture Awards 2018. This will be my 9th year exhibiting and this year I’ll be entering a piece called ‘Lost Soles – Lost at Sea ‘ 2017.

CASTAWAYS; LOST SOLES - LOST AT SEA
 
“This work explores the concept of lost soles, the inhuman amounts of people who have boarded boats in search for better a life, drifting in a sea of knowledge, castaway with a school of thought, in a vessel of hope…”
Castaways Exhibition flyer
 
I’ll also be judging the schools competition, facilitating a sculpture workshop, talking in the VIP tours and featuring my work in tactile tours with DADDA.
 
Hope you can make it down to the Saturday celebrations, would be nice to see you on the beach….

 

Castaways 10th Anniversary Flyer Final.jpgCastaways 10th Anniversary Flyer Final

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A letter in Mind – 2017

Finally, I can officially share my drawings which SOLD at A Letter in Mind – A Sense of Place exhibition at Oxo Gallery in London. I would Love to know who bought them?

Check out the rest of the works in the online gallery below:

http://www.nationalbrainappeal.org/product-category/2017/

The exhibition comprised of beautiful, moving and thought-provoking pieces from the international art world, a host of well-known artists who donated new works, including: Grayson Perry, Frank Kiely, Chris Haughton; Natasha Kidd, Gill Rocc and Claire Davenhall.
The exhibition opened to the public on Thursday 28 September to Sunday 1 October 11am-6pm.  All proceeds of the exhibition went to The National Brain Appeal.  #thenationalbrainappeal #ALIM17#SenseOfPlace #aletterinmind

St Stephen’s Ceramic Wall Mural

This year I have been working with Mr Elsing and his Year 10 Visual Art Students, to depict the four episodes of the life of St Stephen, with designs influenced by the Italian Futurists:
1. St. Stephen feeding the widows and orphans 
2. St. Stephen preaching the gospel with signs and wonders 
3. St. Stephen being arrested 
4. St. Stephen stoned to death and seeing heaven opened for him. 
 
St. Stephen’s life was one that embodies our school motto – Serve God, Serve One Another.
The work has now been installed outside in the Quad at St Stephen’s School in Duncraig but was featured earlier this year in their Annual Synthesis Exhibition, See below.

The Big Draw – Living Lines 2017

This year’s Big Draw Festival Living Lines is designed to get your marks moving! In this workshop series you will learn a range of drawing techniques from continuous line drawing, contour lines, organic and linear lines to create an animated installation in the gallery, just wait to see what we have up our sleeves…

THE BIG DRAW FESTIVAL LIVING LINES EXHIBITION:
Rockingham Central Library
Saturday 7th to Saturday 14th October 2017
An animated installation is in the gallery, for this year’s Big Draw Festival ‘Living Lines’. Participants aged 12-17 years worked with International Artist Claire Davenhall to create animated books, inspired by special exhibits from Museum of Natural History. There is an amazing hanging installation, symbolising ‘the butterfly effect’ casting shadows on the walls and floor in a subtle interplay of flight!  While Spinning Zoetropes create the illusion of motion to bring drawings to life. Public Figure Sheryl Chant got Art Spinning at the Rockingham Central Library, making drawings fly through the air with an amazing spinning sculpture.

http://www.thebigdraw.org/event/7358

SWELL SCULPTURE FESTIVAL The making of Metor Morphosis

A meteor falls from space and lands on a site at SWELL. On closer inspection strange ants like creatures spill out of the meteor and slowly metamorphose themselves into the landscape. Watch carefully as they slowly change colour in the sunlight.

Meteor Morphosis 2016 Fibreglass, steel bottle tops, chameleon paint, 150 x 120 x 35cm

The initial idea for Meteor Morphosis came from my oldest son Gabriel, who at 5 years old has a love of rocks and space. Convinced that his best friends dad was a spaceman, he suggested that I make a Meteor with special superpowers! He liked the idea that strange ant like creatures would crawl out from underneath, ‘…because we have a lot of strange ants in this country!’

Meteor Morphosis 2016
Fibreglass, steel bottle tops, chameleon paint
150 x 120 x 35cm

We discussed how we would make the sculpture and what materials we needed. Last year I made, ‘For the LOVE of Sculpture’ for Sculpture by the Sea in Cottlesloe and played around with different pigments and paints to create the prefect blend of chameleon paint, that would change colour in the sunlight according to the angle of the light hitting the surface, this particular blend changes from blue to purple to green.

Paint changes from blue to purple to green.

Another special feature of this sculpture is the surface treatment. Its made from approximately 3000 steel bottle tops, each one sanded by hand both inside and out. It takes hours of hard work to carefully prepare each top for the paint. They create a tessellation with a unique reptilian-like pattern seen in lizards, snakes and of course chameleons.

Gabriel sanding the bottle tops

They are glued onto a fibreglass form, using a special type of techni glue. It takes 9 litres of techni glue to fill 3000 bottle tops, it’s necessary to fill each one, because it eliminates the problem of any air being trapped under the bottle top and expanding in the heat and causing it to pop off. I have tried numerous types of glues and this one is the best!

The form itself is made from layers of heavy chop strand fibreglass and resin, they are laminated together and then rolled to expel any air pockets, which would weaken the structure.

Its a nasty itchy job, which requires to be covered up on a 40 degree Australian summer day, so it gets a little crazy!

So that’s it, a visual guide to the making of Meteor Morphosis. You can see it at SWELL Sculpture Festival 8-17th SEPT 2017.

A View to Asia – Shinju Matsuri 2017

This week I’m exhibiting on Cable Beach in Broome in the outdoor Sculpture Exhibition;  ‘A View to Asia’ which is part of the Shinju Matsuri (Festival of the Pearl) in Broome. It’s Broome’s very own answer to Sculptures by the Sea!

My sculpture ‘The Australasian Frogmosis’ is on the boardwalk, a tribute to Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, when creatures crawled out of the water and onto the land. Its slippery smooth skin changes colour in the sunlight from green to gold.

Here is a little about my work:

I’m an International Award-Winning Artist who creates interactive sculptures that change colour as you move around the artwork, inviting the viewer to take a closer look. I love to make interactive sculptures that change colour and mix my own unique paint that uses a special blend of pigment, that changes from green to gold with under tones of blue and purple. The pigment contains prisms that reflect light in different ways, so when the sun changes position in the sky, the colour will shift to compensate, showing its full array throughout the day.

The form is made from Fibreglass and resin to give a strong, lightweight, weatherproof smooth finish. Colour shifting pigment is mixed into Automotive paint to give a iridescent glow that changes colour as you move around the sculpture. Prosthetic eyes (also made from resin) add detail to the work, transforming it from an organic malleable shape into one of a creature.

It’s Broome’s very own answer to Sculptures by the Sea!

Date: September 2 – 10
Location: Cable Beach
Tickets: Free
Organiser: Shinju Matsuri

Earlier this year, ‘Frogmosis’ was exhibited at Drift installation Awards installed, where is was installed in the rippling water outside Mandurah Performing Arts Centre and won the Major Prize!

 

From there it was showcased as the-mother-of-all-frogs in the nature pond at Pachamama Early Education & Childcare, an award winning nature based play activity centre situated in Perth hills. I just love this place!

“Frogmosis just keeps hopping along seeing more of WA than me!”

Date: September 2 – 10 Location: Cable Beach Tickets: Free Organiser: Shinju Matsuri

Art studio, ready!

So I just spent a few hours tidying up my studio… Well at least I can see the floor now!

I’m getting the studio ready for a photoshoot today, for the new ‘Artists of Perth’ book, which will be published in October this year!  

All my favourite things are out of their boxes; Boots, Bones & Bottletops!

Love it when the kids come in and see bubble wrap being the most exciting thing in my studio.

Wish me luck for the new book!