Small Ice Skater
Here are a couple of my latest pieces. The first is an Ice Skater that is about 55 cms tall and 93 cms long. I created a life sized one of these a few years ago. These are a fun subject. It is really important to try and portray the speed and power of these guys. They are impressive on Winter Olympics TV broadcasts, so they must be quite something in real life. Not two much of this goes on in my neck of the woods, but I might see them one day. There are bits of old Morris Minors, a VW Beetle, EH and HQ Holden Citroen CX and lots of other cars in this piece.
Flat Tracker Number 7
Flat tracker Number 7
This Seventies Flat Track Racer is 65 cms long. These bikes are very cool, and always remind me of the old ” On Any Sunday “film that mesmerized me as a kid. I often seem to pick motor racing subjects that are fast and evil. Don’t know why that is.
Red Shouldered Bastard Beetle No 2
Three or four years ago I bought a box of Ford Zephyr tail lights. Since then I’ve done a series of Zephyr Beetles, all different but similar. This is the fourth and latest, and the second to be red. My wife is very found of her Rose Garden, but came home one day to find her plants decimated. Investigations found the culprits to be a swarm of Red Shouldered Beetles. Henceforth known by my wife as ” The Red Shouldered Bastard Beetles “. This title, rather than the actual Beetle, which strangely, is more yellow than red, was the inspiration for two of my Zephyr Beetles. These three new pieces are going to Michael commerford gallery in sydney, and will be there in a few days. Go in and see them, as Michael gets very sad when I send a bunch of pieces away to an exhibition in another country.
Behind the Scenes, Photo time
I’ve been creating my sculptures full time for 14 years now, and in that time all of the studio photography of my has been done by Steve Baker of Montrose Photos. Thanks Steve. I’m always his lighting assistant during my shoots. We’ve got it down pat pretty well now. I’ve got lots and lots of fantastic images now. I need to put a book together to recoup some of what I’ve spent. At the beginning of each of the last few years, I have set that book as one of my goals for the coming year. Guess what….No book yet. Too many sculptures to make. Maybe 2015.
Collecting spark Plugs
I spent yesterday driving around Brisbane picking up old spark plugs. A bad day for it really. A month ago I had left lots of buckets at various Car dealers and Mechanical Workshops for them to throw their old plugs into for me. What I didn’t realise until I got to the other side of town yesterday was how much damage had been inflicted on some of these areas by a severe thunder storm the previous afternoon. I hope everyone can get on top of the damage quickly.
Why am I collecting spark plugs ? For Polar Bear fur of course! I have a commission to create two, year old Cubs for the Philidelphia Zoo’s upcoming ” Second Nature ” sculpture exhibition. Their goal with this show is to highlight the plight of wildlife, that is suffering due to the effects of manufacturing, the processing of raw materials, and the waste of a consumer culture is having on the environment. One of the issues is Global Warming. Having just endured the hottest November on record, topped off with a ” Mega Storm ” it’s had not to believe that it is not a serious consideration. Being a car enthusiast, I can’t say that I don’t create a few greenhous gasses, but I really do think that we should all consider how long something that we buy will last, and not just buy on price, with the assumption that we can just buy another when it breaks. Everything that is made uses raw materials and energy, and most probably creats some pollution in it’s manufacturing. Consider buying one good thing instead of four throw aways over the same time. The Second Nature Exhibition will be made up of works utilising recycled, or repurposed materials, by artists from many parts of the world. As usual it will be down to the wire for me to have the Bears done in time. Getting enough Spark Plugs in a short space of time has me a bit panicked. I think I need about 5000 of them….which is about 3000 more than I have now!
My name ” Up in Lights ” Moreton-in-Marsh Style
I am looking forward to being Back in the Cotswolds for the The John Davies Gallery exhibition opening next weekend. John is a bit of an ” Old Rev Head ” and aside from mildly terrifying me with spirited drives in the country side, often surprises me with some piece of classic racing machinery on display in the Gallery. I believe a few pieces have already sold, which is always nice.
Riding in The John Davies Gallery
They wouldn’t let my wife Jodie take this one for a spin outside. Perhaps this was the inspiration a piece called ” Madame Vitesse ” that was sold to a lady from Western New South Wales.
” Madame Vitesse “
Welcome to my first post on my new site. On this site I will be able to keep anyone who is interested up to date with new works and upcoming exhibitions…….Something that has been sadly lacking on the old site. I might also add a bit from time to time, to interest the Petrol Heads who are fans of my sculptures. That might be because my works are entwined with the motor car, being that the the car is their origin. Or it might just be because I too like my non-boring cars.
These last few months have been extremely busy for me. It is the time of the year when I have to have another ‘ Pirtek Enduro Cup ‘ ready for the winners of this annual prize. It is awarded to the highest point scorers over the three biggest races in the Australian V8 Supercar series. This is easily Australia’s premier motor racing series, and it is always a bit of a thrill to see the winners holding it aloft on TV. This year it was won by Jamie Whincup and Paul Dumbrell of Red Bull Racing Australia. Congratulations to them.
The biggest reason for me being so busy, is that I have had to be finishing off sculptures for my next Exhibition. It will be another with John Davies Gallery in Moreton- in – Marsh, Gloucestershire. England. I’ll have 27 pieces there. There is always a bit of tension for me, as the time for packing an exhibition draws close. But that was last week and they are now in the hands on the freight company. I’m always pleased to hear of their safe arrival at the gallery. This will be my fifth exhibition there, and it’s always nice to catch up with John and Ann. The opening will be on the first weekend in December, please come and have a look. We are looking forward to experiencing some cooler weather. I’m in no doubt that we will get some.
Bear with me over the next week or so, while I get the gallery and for sale sections up and running. I’m a lot better sculptor than I am Computer Jockey. As a teaser though, these pieces , except the trophy, are part of the John Davies exhibition. If anything takes your fancy, get in early and let John know that you are keen.
My new site is under development. Please check back soon for the long overdue new look!