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Artist Statement about creating welded bronze

These works are created in bronze.  The method is different. Usually bronzes are modeled in materials such as clay, plaster or wax, a mold is made and then they are cast in a foundry.
These works are fabricated using bronze sheet (3ml) sourced from overseas.  The sculpture is first created using stainless steel armature. At this stage the work is resolved and I make sure I am happy with the way the work sits and the attitude is correct.

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Then piece by piece the bronze is cut and shaped and welded to the armature.  The result is a bronze, which is fully realized by me in the studio. It is very nice to be in complete control of the work from start to finish without having to rely on a foundry.
After the armature is completely covered the work is sanded and smoothed without losing the unique look of the separate pieces. Then it is taken to the sandblasters, brought back and given a patina and a coat of micro-crystalline wax.

Individual Exhibitions  

2011        “Dancers” – Marks and Gardner, Mt Tamborine
2008        New Work – Brisbane City Council, Carindale
2007        New Works – Neo Gallery, Fortitude Valley
2006        “Interiors” – Neo Gallery, Fortitude Valley
2005        New Works – Manly Gallery, Manly, Brisbane
2005        “Windows & Layers” – MLC Gallery, Ultimo, Sydney
2004        “Layers” – Neo Gallery, Fortitude Valley
2001        “Attitudes” – Trevenen House Gallery, New Farm
1997        “Survival” – Contemporary Art Centre, Wolloongabba
1997        “The Watchers” – Gilchrist Gallleries, Fortitude Valley.
1994        “Spiders” – Savode Gallery, Gordon Park
1991        “Through The Mist” – McWhirters Artspace, Fortitude Valley
1989        “Recent Works” – Valma Pugh Gallery, Clayfield

Group Exhibitions

2012/2013  Rotary Art Prize – Brisbane
2012        Women of Substance – Red Hill Gallery
2012        Stanthorpe Art Prize – Stanthorpe
2010-11    Sanctuary Cove Art Festival – Gold Coast
2010-11    Art for Arts Sake – Waterfront Place
2010        Women of Substance – Red Hill Gallery
2009        Art and Jazz – Greenslopes Hospital
2009        20th Anniversary APQ – Waterfront Brisbane
2008        Black and White – Manly Gallery QLD
2008        Stanthorpe Art Prize –  Stanthorpe QLD
2007        Warwick Art Prize – Warwick QLD
2007-08    Sculpture ’07-08 –  Marks & Gardner, Mt Tamborine
2006        Abused Child – Riverside, Brisbane
2004        Bush Children’s – Waterfront Place, Brisbane
2004        St Margaret’s – Ascot, Brisbane
2003        Abused Child Trust – Riverside Center, Brisbane
2002        “Pine Rivers Art Awards – Brisbane
2000/01    “Global Sculpture Awards – Gold Coast, Brisbane
1998        “Simbolica” – Smith & Stonely, Fortitude Valley
1997        “Transcendental Security” – Fortitude Gallery, Fortitude Valley
“Somebody Who Knows” – Metro Arts, Brisbane
“Hanging By A Thread” – Doggett St Studio, Brisbane
Women’s Issues – Albert City Council, Gold Coast
1994        Sculpture Satellite Project, Brisbane
1989-97    Sculpture Society Exhibitions, Brisbane
1993        “Juxtapositions” – Brisbane
1992        McWhirter’s Artspace – Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
1991        Red Hill Gallery  – Red Hill, Brisbane
1990        Red Hill Gallery –  Red Hill, Brisbane
Aberdare Art Prize – Ipswich City Council Regional Art
Nouveau Interiors – Brisbane
Griffith University, Gold Coast Campus
Marriot Hotel – Brisbane
Greenslopes Hospital – Brisbane


2012        Highly Commended – Stanthorpe Art Prize
2007-08   Finalist – Warwick Art Prize
2007        Finalist – Stanthorpe Art Prize
1996        Highly Commended – Redlands Art Exhibition
1991        1st Prize Works on Paper  – Royal Queensland Art Society
1990        Highly Commended – Redcliffe Art Society
1st Prize Portrait – Redland Art Exhibition
1989        1st Prize Sculpture – Redland Art Exhibition
1986        1st  Prize Portrait- Redland Show Society


2008        David Longlands Project – Brisbane
2003        Four Mile Creek Hotel – Brisbane
2003        Greenslopes Hospital – Brisbane
2001        Liberty Stage 11 – Gold Coast, Brisbane
1998        Marriott Hotel – Brisbane
1997        Merthyr Village Centre  – Brisbane


Contemporary Sculptor’s Association, Victoria
Society of Sculptors


2011      Paradise Magazine – Gold Coast Bulletin October
2007      Sunday Mail – September 23rd
Antiques & Art, July-November, Art Collector
2006       Brisbane News
2004       Art Gallery Guide
2000      Weekend Echo  – Sunday Sun August
1997      Northern News  – June 19th
1996      Boardwalk, vol 2, Issue6
1996      Radio ABC c 4QR – June 17th
1995      Radio ZZZ –  May 12th
1991      Redlands Times – March
1990      Sunday Sun – May

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