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My sculptures often relate to personal experiences and encounters with animals. Whether decades-long, or fleeting, for me these connections are always meaningful. Having lived within both natural and farmed Australian landscapes throughout my life, rebellious kangaroos, majestic owls, loved household pets as well as wild visitors such as foxes and ravens are recurring protagonists in my narrative-based works.
I was born in 1971 at Allora, Queensland, and grew up on a cattle and crop property on the Darling Downs. Living on the land shaped my interest in sculpture, Australiana and animals both domestic and wild.
I have a deep interest in aboriginal culture, and this was shaped at an early age as our property and surrounding area was home to a number of sacred sites.
I moved to Malmsbury in the Macedon Ranges in Victoria in 2017 and bought a hobby farm where I live and work and run a small amount of cattle. The traditional owners of this land are the Dja Dja Wurrung.
‘Stopping to Smell the Flowers’, Throsby, Canberra, commissioned by artsACT
‘Kangaroos with Callistemons’, Lake Macquarie, NSW
‘Out of Limb’, Meadowie, NSW commissioned by the McCloy Group
‘Grazing’, Retford Park, Bowral, NSW, commissioned by Sir James Fairfax AO
‘Home is Where the Heart IS’, Perth
‘Rozelle Fire Memorial, Darling Street, Rozelle, Sydney
‘Whistle Stop’, Hawthorn stop, Leichhardt, Sydney, commissioned by Transport NSW for the Light Rail Network
‘In the Beginning (Pencil Sharpener)’, Perth
‘The Race’, Doonside, NSW, commissioned by Landcom
‘Sheepish’, Merriville Rise, Kellyville Ridge, NSW, commissioned by Landcom and Blacktown Council
Parliament House Art Collection, Parliament House, Canberra, ACT.
Burge Collection, Sydney
Estate of the late James Fairfax AC
Inner West Council, Sydney
McCloy Group, Newcastle
Blacktown Council, Sydney
M G Dingle and G B Hughes Collection, Shoalhaven Regional Gallery, NSW
NSW Transport, Sydney
Peppermint Grove Council, Perth
The Elliot Eyes Collection, Sydney
2022 ‘Symbiosis’, Australian Galleries, Melbourne
2020 ‘Domestic and Feral’, Australian Galleries, Melbourne
2019 ‘Chivalry, Myths and Dreaming’, Australian Galleries, Melbourne
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Gippsland Sculpture Exhibition, Yannar, VIC
Lake Lights Sculpture Exhibition, Jindabyne, NSW
Summer Selection, Australian Galleries, Melbourne, VIC
‘Sculpture by the Sea’, Cottesloe, Western Australia.
‘Abstract and Bronze’, Australian Galleries, Melbourne.
‘Small Sculpture’, Australian Galleries, Melbourne.
Gippsland Sculpture Exhibition, Yinnar, VIC
3rd International Desert Sculpture Symposium, Minqin, China
‘The Renaissance’, Hanging Rock Winery, Macedon Ranges, VIC
‘Sculpture by the Sea’, Bondi, Sydney
‘Sculpture on the Farm’, Dungog, NSW
‘Australian Galleries: The Purves Family Business. The First Four Decades’, Book Launch and Group Exhibition, Australian Galleries, Melbourne
‘Montalto Sculpture Prize’, Montalto Vineyard, Red Hill South, VIC
Gippsland Sculpture Exhibition’, Yinnar, VIC