Peter Simmons

12 Cintra Road, Waratah 2298

0416235430

Peter’s artistic career began at Newcastle College of Advanced Education, where he studied plant and wildlife illustration.  He discovered a love of sculpture after picking up a discarded piece of wood.  Having transferred the image from his head to the wood, he was captivated by the sculptural art form.

A turning point in Peter’s career was when he became involved with ‘Tracks’, Roger McFarlane’s sculpture studio in Newcastle.  Here, under the tuition of Will Haas and Roger, he began to use materials such as soapstone, limestone, clay and aerated concrete, as well as to employ various mould-making techniques.  Peter’s tendency is toward semi-abstract, figurative sculpture.

His work has been shown in galleries and exhibitions throughout New South Wales.  He was selected to participate in the 2000 Thredbo Sculpture Symposium and his piece, ‘Snowgums’, is now part of the Thredbo Sculpture Walk.  His sculptures have found homes within Australia and overseas.

Achievements

Member of the Sculptors’ Society

  • February 2000          Thredbo Sculpture Symposium
  • March 2000               ‘Snowgums’ installed in Thredbo Alpine Village
  • March 2001               Wyong Shire Festival of Arts (Highly Commended)
  • December 2002       Honeysuckle Sculptors’ Exhibition
  • January 2003            Tilligerry Environment Art Prize
  • June 2003                 Newcastle City West Artwalk Exhibition
  • January 2004            Tilligerry Sculpture Prize
  • September 2005      Mattara Sculpture People’s Choice Award
  • April  2006               Mosman sculpture walk
  • October 2009          Mattara sculpture prize abstract
  • October 2009          Mattara peoples choice
  • June 2010               Hunter region botanic gardens sculpture prize 2nd place
  • August 2010            Install “PINNACLE” Hunter valley botanical gardens
  • June 2017               Hunter valley Grammar sculpture prize
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