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.
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.
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.
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.