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2023 Artist’s Biographies

(First name alphabetical order)

Al Phemister

Al works with industrial materials to create organic and natural forms. He imbues a sense of gentleness and movement into works to create a new object to challenge our perceptions. He believes that beauty can be created from whatever we have at hand, as long as we use ingenuity, integrity and artistic endeavor.
Al is inspired by the natural environment, his wife and his family. His work reflects his love for them and their home.

Al likes to share his art and skills with others, and has established himself as a leading advocate on reusing waste through his waste to art workshops. Al uses these workshops to help recognize that while an item has been used, it can have a new life as art.

Alex Figgis

A a metal sculptor from Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Highly creative from an early age, Alex’s art really started to develop after pursuing a career in metal fabrication and welding. With the ability to join and shape metal combined with an endless supply of discarded steel waste Alex started small, creating whimsical garden ornaments which quickly progressed into fine art sculptures that have been featured in public exhibitions and added to private art collections Australia wide.

Amanda Harrison

Transforming my passion for sculpture from a hobby into a career was my lightbulb moment – I had found my calling!

My previous careers taught me to seek simplicity – good writing depends on editing all parts not essential to a story, and good graphic design depends on clean, simple presentation. These philosophies now form the basis of my sculptural style. I love searching for the essential elements of a simplified form – especially the human form – through the interaction of shape, line and space. I also love exploring surface texture and patterns, markings that can highlight the shape of the piece, and give it depth and personality. Texture also gives a piece a ‘made-by-hand’ statement, important in a world awash with mass-produced goods.

Amanda completed a Certificate of Sculpture at the Kensington and Chelsea College, London, and has built her practice through many studio workshops and TAFE courses in Sydney, working under the guidance of well-known artists. Other formal studies include a BA in film and scriptwriting and a graphic design diploma, both in Sydney.

She has exhibited widely and been accepted into numerous competitions, including Ravenswood Women Art Prize. She has won many awards, recently winning the Acquisitive Prize for Small Sculpture at Sculpture in the Gardens, Mudgee and the Abstract Sculpture Prize at Royal Arts Show, Sydney. Other recent awards include the Acquisitive Prize at Sculpture Bermagui, and Emerging Artist Award at Sculpture for Clyde, Batemans Bay.

Amanda is currently on the committee for The Sculptors Society, and convenor of the Greenwich Village Arts Trail in northern Sydney, for the last 10 years.

Andrew May

Self taught Australian artist with three decades of exhibiting locally and overseas

Anton McMurray

Raised on the forested slopes of Melbourne’s Dandenong Ranges. This awe-inspiring environment aroused an enduring curiosity for trees as his material of choice. Anton completed his bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, (Sculpture) at VCA 1998, this included study at Emily Carr Institute of Fine Arts in Canada 1997. He continued to develop his knowledge of the discipline through travelling to meet with master carvers in Japan and PNG.

His sculptures have been shown in many exhibitions including the McClelland Sculpture Survey, Lorne Biennale, Sculpture by The Sea, and Montalto Sculpture Prize. In 2003 Anton was invited to Japan to create a piece for the Inami International Sculpture Symposium. He has completed numerous sculpture commissions and received a number of awards and prizes for his work, including the Toorak Village Traders Award and the Yarra Valley Arts Sculpture Award in 2022. His sculptures can be found in public and private collections in Australia, Japan and Canada.

Ayad Alqaragholli

Western Australian Artist and sculptor, born in Ur, South Iraq, in 1968, he studied at Central TAFE Dip and Adv Dip in Visual Art and bachelor of Art from Curtin university Western Australia 2010, 2011 and exhibited extensively in the Middle East – particularly in Jordan, Dubai and Baghdad – for over twenty years, and his work is held by museums, diplomatic enclaves, corporate and private collections. He moved to Western Australia in 2005 because the war.

Ayad was an established and acclaimed artist in the Middle East before coming to Australia in 2005 as an immigrant. He became well known and recognise his artistic style and his national and international his public art projects around the world after exhibiting his sculptures regularly grace Cottesloe and Bondi Sculpture by the Sea each year since 2010 and in some international cities.

His signature, elongated human forms, often in copper and silicon bronze, can be found all over Perth and Sydney. The most recent attended international public art and Street Sculpture 2019 in City of Goyang in South Korea.

He is interest in human form as a symbol of humanity and he think the figure is very important in art history, why? He is coming from Ur in Southern Iraq, a place with an ancient history of art and civilisation, he was influenced by the figures drawn on the walls of caves and the simple obelisks and carvings. Ayad’s artwork is a documentary of everyday life, expressing his love of humanity, peace, beauty and freedom and is designed as a celebration of the human spirit, evoking in the viewer a sense of humanity.

Since 2013 Ayad exhibiting in Japan, South Korea and China because his artwork desired.  Other sculptures are Arrived to Paradise 2012 Subiaco, Loyalty(2017) showing the loyalty installed at City of Nedlands and love between man and dog. Romanah (Pomegranate) shown at Kaede Gallery, Osaka in 2014. Hearts in Paradise (2015), which Ayad explains represents love and happiness whilst the pomegranate held represents Paradise, while the chair signifies Australia. Another sculpture, Habibi, 2013 is at Point Walter, Attadale and Hyatti is in Victoria Park, Al Mashhoof, SxS Cottesloe 2019 and Anta Uomri will exhibit at Cottesloe 2020
Our Love Touch’s the Sky, Cottesloe & Bondi 2022.

Ayad has exhibited all over the world, including the Qingdao International Lan Bay Art Park in China and Changbai Mountain International Symposium, China, Min Qin, Silk Road , 1St international Desert Sculpture Park 2018, Sono Village South Korea 2016. His sculpture Je t’adore has been bought and donated to the Town of Cottesloe and now sits near the North Cottesloe Surf Club.

Outstanding New Migrant Adult Learner 2008 Western Australia
New Face Art Award Central TAFE 2008 Western Australia
Hangzhou Art Bronze Award, China 2016
People Choice Prize Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe 2020.

Barak Zelig

Uses found objects to create small sculptures and steel to create large sculptures. He is interested in hybrids, illusion and the unexpected.
Barak has participated in sculpture exhibitions such as Sculpture @ Show Canberra, North Sydney Art Prize, Sculpture Bermagui, Lake Light Jindabyne, Hidden Rookwood Sydney, Yarra Valley Arts/ Yerring Station Sculpture Melbourne, Sculpture in the Valley, and Contour 556/18 Canberra.

Barak won the 2014 Re-Use Award Clearwater Prize Queanbeyan, the 2018 Staff Choice Award and the 2019 Staff Choice Award and the 2019 Commended Award respectively in Hidden Sculptures Rookwood.

In 2013 Barak was commissioned to create a stainless sculpture as a gift for the Canberra Centenary.

Barry Jackson

The main medium I work with is clay, mainly because I enjoy the spontaneity of the material. The combination of the conscious discipline of the technical aspect of working with the material, and the accidental avenues the clay can lead you down.

My love of indigenous art and ethos of land and environment has always been part of my life which had its genesis in a stone axe that was given to me as a child , found while ploughing a paddock on an uncles farm in the Lake Boga district. As an object it always stirred my curiosity and imagination.
In my work, I try to draw out these same responses from the viewer, hopefully triggering their responses into forming their own story around the object. This is the basis of my ‘working philosophy’ is not so much the didactic metaphor but as a vehicle for the viewer’s own imagination.

Benjamin Jay Shand

Shand studied architecture at The University of Sydney, completing postgraduate studies before launching his own art and architecture office Studio Shand in 2020. Shand’s architectural work spans from residential to commercial projects, whilst his sculptural and design work has been shown at or commissioned for exhibitions inclusive of La Biennale di Venezia, Vivid Sydney, Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Montalto Sculpture Prize, Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Australian Design Centre and Sculpture by the Sea. Throughout he has experimented across media, to realise a particular configuration of form engendered in essential materials, geometries and tectonics.

Cheryl Johnson

A visual arts student from Canberra who is interested in personal histories and the imprint they leave on us. She is an emerging artist who enjoys combining a variety of media in unexpected ways to create multi-dimensional work that is textured, detailed and vibrant. She uses assemblage techniques, colour, simple forms, and silhouettes that appear whimsical but are laced with depth and meaning. She wants people to look into her work and find an interpretation that is meaningful to them.

Damien Nicholls

Though I have spent a lifetime engaging in creative endeavours it is only recently at the age of 50 that I have started to seriously pursue art. I completed a bachelor of visual arts and design at ACU in 2022. I started exhibiting my work in 2020. I draw on my studies combined with prior learned skills and knowledge to produce my art. In working with different artistic mediums and disciplines I found an affinity for sculpture. I feel it is important to see the artist’s hand in my work – not overly refined or sanitised. In this you see the process and the journey.

Daryl Harbrow

Multiple award winning sculptor, boilermaker, tradesmen and bass fisherman.

David Scully

Not available at this time

Deborah Redwood

Redwood’s practice encompasses sculpture and installation. She graduated from the College of Fine Arts (Sydney) in 2006, with a one year exchange at Alfred University, New York. She completed a Masters of Fine Art at The University of Newcastle in 2020.

She has participated in residencies and group/solo exhibitions in: Australia, Japan, China, India, Kenya, NZ and the USA. Redwood features in collections in Australia and internationally. Her work has been a finalist in many well-known Australian Sculpture events such as: Sculpture by the Sea, SWELL Sculpture Festival, The North Sydney Art Prize and Sculpture at Scenic World.

Donald Blaikie

Not available at this time

Eamon Hamilton

A sculptor who works in steel, wood, stone and found objects. Born in New Zealand in 1953, Eamon moved to Australia in 1976. He taught pottery in Sydney before concentrating on his sculpture. Eamon has worked on private commissions from his studio on Scotland Island, Sydney from 1985, before moving to Moruya on the NSW south coast in 2022.

Career highlights include first prize winner at the 2018 Newport Sculpture Trail for his wood and steel assemblage ‘Woody Point’. He exhibited in Sculpture by the Sea 2003 ‘Swing’ and 2004 ‘River gums’. Collaborations of relief sandstone carvings include the Blue Mountains Bicentenary commission, The Light Horse Brigade monument and Liverpool Heritage Wall in Sydney.

Edward Willson

Abstract stone carver, based in Bermagui, taking inspiration from the deep sea to deep space. Working predominantly in granite

Gabe Parker

Brisbane based artist and musician, Gabe Parker, works primarily in steel and draws a connection between the rawness and physicality of the medium and natural world. Living close to the ocean and wetlands, Parker is inspired by the natural surroundings of Moreton Bay and shares his perspective on our fragile environment and our place within it.

Gary Christian

A distinguished painter and sculptor with over twenty years of experience, has had 17 solo exhibitions in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Hobart. His work has been hung in prestigious exhibitions and awards and he has undertaken numerous sculpture commissions.

Recent awards and commissions include the following:
Winner of The Hillview Sculpture Biennial 2016; Sculpture commission for Mount Annan Botanic Gardens ‘Figures in the Landscape’; ‘The Atomic Family’ for The University of Western Sydney; ‘Furnace’, for the Corrimal Cokeworks Hundred Year Centenary; and a 50 metre-high sculptural facade designed in collaboration with architects Fitzpatrick and Partners, for 33 Bligh Street, Sydney.

In 2009 Christian won the Santos Sculpture Award and installed a wall sculpture (commissioned by Multiplex) at No 1 Shelley Street, Darling Harbour.

Greg McLean

A Queanbeyan based artist born in 1955,  Greg has only in recent years turned his hand to creating amazing works of art. His works, fabricated from steel demonstrate his skill both as accomplished artisan and highly capable metal worker/welder.

Helen Stark

A recent graduate of ANU School of Art and Design. She works between Rosedale (Yuin Country) and Canberra (Ngunnawal Country). Through the fluid and malleable qualities of glass her practice explores the cyclical nature of the natural world and the eternal cycle of birth, death and renewal.

Hugh McLachlan

1976 Associate Diploma of Art & Gold & Silversmithing – RMIT Melbourne

2023 ARTpark – Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf Sydney NSW
2022 Montalto Sculpture Prize Finalist – Mornington Peninsular Vic
2022 Sculpture by the Sea – Cottesloe WA
2022 Yering Station Sculpture Award Finalist – Yarra Valley, Vic
2021 Montalto Sculpture Prize Finalist – Mornington Peninsular Vic
2021 Sculpture on the Farm – Dungog NSW
2021 Sculpture for Clyde – Willinga Park, Bawley Point & Batemans Bay NSW 2020 Montalto Sculpture Prize Finalist – Mornington Peninsular Vic
2019 Sculpture in the Vineyards – Woollombi Valley NSW
2019 Sculptures in the Garden – Mudgee NSW
2019 Sculpture on the Farm – Hunter Valley NSW
2019 Solo Sculpture Exhibition ‘Narcissus Kiss’ – Traffic Jam Galleries, Mosman NSW
2018 Sculpture by the Sea – Bondi NSW
2017 Sculpture by the Sea – Bondi NSW
2016 Finalist in Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize – Sydney NSW
2015 Solo Sculpture Exhibition ‘Flow’- Traffic Jam Galleries, Neutral Bay NSW 2015 Solo Sculpture Exhibition ‘On Reflection’ – Gallery Pejean, Launceston Tas 2015 Sculpture by the Sea – Cottesloe WA
2015 Finalist in Montalto Sculpture Prize – Mornington Peninsular Vic
2014 Sculpture by the Sea – Bondi NSW
2013 ‘Hard Rain Sculpture’ – Gomboc Sculpture Park, Perth WA
2013 Sculpture by the Sea – Cottesloe WA
2011 Sculpture by the Sea – Bondi NSW

2023 Soho Galleries – Woollahra & Mosman NSW 2014 Gomboc Sculpture Park – Perth WA

Public Collections
1985 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
1984 Devonport Gallery & Art Centre Tas – three ‘Ned Kelly’ small sculptures 1981 Brisbane Art Gallery – two sculptural brooches
1979 Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery Launceston Tas – small sculpture 1978 Meat Market Crafts Centre Melbourne – small sculpture
Related Professional Work

Represented in numerous private collections in Australia and Overseas
2019 Norton – Knight Travel Grant – Sculptures in the Garden, Mudgee NSW
2019 RUPIO Prize Metallurgical Excellence – Sculpture on the Farm, Dungog NSW 2018 Dick Bett Memorial Award – Sculpture by the Sea Bondi NSW
2017 Sydney Morning Herald, Sculpture by the Sea Bondi 23 Oct by Sasha Grishin 2017 Dick Bett Memorial Award – Sculpture by the Sea Bondi NSW – Hugh
2012 Craft Arts International issue 84, pg 84 ‘Botanicus Unfamilia’ Sculpture
2011 Awarded the inaugural Dick Bett Award – Sculpture by the Sea Bondi NSW 1980 Established McLachlan Studio

Jack Griffin

I have been producing what I call “practical art” for a long time, yet after the fires 2019-20 I have now focused on pure sculptural art.

Pellian Hypocrasy

Currently on exhibition at Sculpture for Clyde 2023


This is in essence what my sculpture is depicting. The “Scales of Justice” are not equal. They are not level. Obviously, “Justice” is only for the wealthy, and the powerful. But not for the general citizen, the proletariat!

The double edge “sword of justice” depicts being impaled through the lower bowl of the “Scale of Justice”, impaling through some of the greatest forms of hypocrisy the Government legislatures passages of law have ever implemented. These grubby symbols of Common and Legislative law are hanging and dying, on the scales of justice squirming with the skeletal of every person foot standing on a few of them. We as a society can only be free from tyrannical forms of government when these scales are equal for all. Where Socrates formative words of law are forever echoed in our Legislation “of the good, and the just” and NOT just to be seen, but DONE.


Scales of Justice are “Scales of Discrimination” when religious fanatics rule the Legislature, Judiciary or Police


Latin:  Religious fundamentalism in Government, Judiciary & Police

Australian:  Police investigating Police, it’s the main PRIZE matey

Old English:  The Monarchy’s refusal to accept responsibility for the invasion, enslavement, murder & rape of this country

French:  Governmental distain for truth, the forth estate, David Wilson, David Hicks, or Julian Assange. Etc, etc, etc [witness K, Bernard Collaery]

Vietnamese:  Governmental disregard for ADF personal and the lives of people invaded

Indonesian:  Australia’s treachery and shameful abandonment of West Papuan freedom fighters, East Timorese, or the Indonesian genocide

Bengali:  Political disregard for environmental science and therefore outcomes

Hebrew:  Ideological disregard for species wellbeing over personal/ corporate wealth

Spanish:  Australia’s entrenched immigration of extreme right-wing ideologues

Chinese:  Legislative disregard for truth in labeling of imported foods and medicines

Filipino:  Legislative anti-whistle blowing laws

Greek:  The institutionalized corruption of democracy

James Bunter

Based in Bundanoon. Self taught sculptor. Main medium is stone, predominantly sandstone and also uses timber. Geometry, flora, fauna and the Mobius loop would be were most of the inspiration is drawn.
Has been exhibiting on and off for several years and in 2022 had first joint show with painter, Justin Pearson

Jen Mallinson

With a background in graphic design and an eye for detail, Mallinson has developed finely honed skills in creating organic sculptural forms in steel over the past 14 years. Her work conveys a sensitive aesthetic and abstract vision. She has won several awards and has 4 public sculptures in NSW and her work is now represented in a private international collection in NZ.

Jenni Bourke

Sculptor – Narooma NSW.

Art Education
I hold a Diploma of Art from Canberra (now the ANU Art School), a diploma of Education, and Graduate Diploma in Glaze research and Wheel Work all awarded in the mid-seventies. I have taught at schools, tutored at TAFE and currently run weekly workshops.

I have participated in exhibitions throughout my career, as an artist, including during the many years when I was a high school art teacher. I held solo exhibitions in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s in Canberra, Sydney and the South Coast. My presence in group exhibitions has been persistent throughout my career. Highlights of my exhibiting career have been:
– 1977 ‘Come to the Zoo’ (Solo): The Sculpture Centre, Sydney
– 1978 ‘Names’ (Solo), The Sculpture Centre, Sydney
– 1983 ‘Rock Pools'(Solo): James Harvey Gallery, Sydney
– 1991 ‘Bottom of our Gardens’ (Solo): The Forrest Gallery, South Coast NSW
– 2002 Combined Exhibition: Solander Gallery, ACT
– 2006 ‘Adam and Eve Unrobed’: Eden Artwork Gallery, Eden NSW
– 2014 ‘National Pottery Competition and Exhibition’ Hazlehurst Regional Gallery, Sydney
– 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, multiple exhibitions: Kerry Lowe Gallery, Newtown NSW.
– 2002, 2008, 2014, Jindabyne ‘lake light Sculpture’, Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Sydney. Ivy Hill Gallery. Tanja. N.S.W.
– 2010, 2017, 2018, ‘Sculpture on the Edge’ Bermagui, NSW
– 2020, ‘River of Art’ winner.

I have been fortunate in receiving a number of awards throughout my career including:
– 1997 Eurobodalla Shire Council’s Australia Day’s Pursuit of Excellence Award
– 2013 and 2020 Eurobodalla’s ‘River of Art’ Winner.
– 2017 ‘Sculpture on the Edge’ Bermagui, Kid’s People’s Choice prize winner.
I am locally known for many murals on public facilities around my local area, some solo but many created with my students. My work is represented in permanent collections in Japan, Canada and England as well as included in Australian Pottery in Bemboka.

Influences and Inspiration
My artwork is essentially about human experience and personal illumination. Clay is my preferred medium. I love the versatility of the medium and glazing and firing techniques as well as the transformation from pliable to permanent. I am intrigued and challenged by how the slightest mark can influence the entire character of a piece and I love the thrill of opening a still warm kiln.

I work three-dimensionally and thematically on particular issues that I empathise with and sometimes my work can be hard hitting and confrontational. However, because I value a sense of humour, I often try to combine both. I like to ‘plant a seed’ rather than ‘point the finger’. I find this helps me to maintain my equanimity with both the world’s challenges and its beauties.

Jesse Graham

Jesse is a full time sculptor living on the far south coast. Jesse and his wife are slowly getting back on their feet after losing everything in the 2020 fires.

Karen Warburton

Exhibition( ( 2 artists) Frye Gallery 2019. Sold out
Exhibited in Q gallery and work was bought by local public works for permanent display in Library 2021
Won first prize 3-D in QPRC regional gallery 2022
Sole Exhibition Rusten House 2022

Kelly Shelley

A self-taught, local artist (Long Beach NSW). Shelley enjoys experimenting with a variety of mediums and styles.

Ken Boer

An emerging sculptor from south coast NSW working predominantly with native materials of stone and wood from the local forests and coastline but dabbles with other materials. Main influences are from the land art movement, inspired by artists such as Andy Goldsworthy with his use of natural materials and placements, and Ken Unsworth’s techniques of suspension and whimsical composition. Ken started exhibiting as an anonymous guerrilla artist with sculptures placed in public areas but has found the anonymity hard to maintain.

Ken Taber

Painting for over fifty years, Ken has been making sculpture for five years.

Many of Ken’s pieces are placed around his beautiful 5 acre water garden along with works from other sculptors. Commissions taken.

The Ken Taber gallery and sculpture gardens are located at Jeramadra just south of Mogo and Batemans Bay on the New South Wales south coast.

Ken was born in Richmond NSW Australia in 1942. He is a self – taught artist who paints mainly in acrylics. Ken was greatly influenced by JMW Turner, Claude Monet and early Australian impressionistic painters.

Ken has been painting since 1968 and has had many one man and joint exhibitions. His paintings are hung in collections around the world.

Residing on the NSW south coast of Australia near Batemans Bay. His house and studio gallery is situated on a five acre block amidst a beautiful sub tropical water garden.

Kim Sungsug

Born in South Korea. M.F.A. in Sculpture, Fine Arts, B.F.A. in Sculpture, Fine Arts, Kookmin University, Seoul, South Korea.
2017-2018 She was teaching Kookmin University, Seoul in South Korea.
2016-2018, 2021, 2022 Her artwork exhibited at Sculpture by the Sea Bondi and Cottesloe, since 2016 She Exhibiting Gomboc Gallery, Australia, since 2022 exhibiting at Juniper Galleries, since 2020 exhibiting at Studio Gallery Yallingup, 2018 The 8th China Quyang International Sculpture Exhibition Quyang, China, Founder Group Christmans Exhibition, Founder Gallery, Melbourne, Australia, A Subterranean stem of the Northeast, Gallery KOSA, Seoul, South Korea, Sanmanhan Jakdang(산만한 작당), Hyehwa Art Center, Seoul, South Korea, China East Lake Young Sculptors Inviting Exhibition 2017, Wuhan, China, 2014 the 7rd Shanxisheng Art Festival Exhibition, Shanxi, China, 2012, 80-89 sentiments images, Sung-gok Art Museum, Seoul, South Korea, 2011, 2011 Art of Outstanding Artist, Bäum Art Gallery, Seoul, South Korea, Love Kookmin 65, Kookmin Art Gallery, Seoul, South Korea, Ggum-teul, Gongpyung Art Gallary, Seoul, South Korea, 2010, The Island-Private room, Kookmin Art Gallery, Seoul, South Korea, Dreaming stone, Arts mixing space-Artelysia, Goon-po, South Korea, 2009, A sculpture of Modern sculpture’ 1+1, Leecheon-si Art hall, Leecheon, South Korea, KOLLABO, K-art space Gallary, Sungnam, South Korea, B108-2, Kookmin Art Gallery, Seoul, South Korea, Looking at Bukhan River, Seo-ho Art Gallery, Namyang-ju, South Korea, B108-1, Kookmin Art Gallery, Seoul, South Korea, 2007, juicy bam, Kookmin Art Gallery, Seoul, South Korea, accompany, Kookmin Art Gallery, Seoul, South Korea, The 43rd Gyeonggi Art Exhibition, Gyeonggi Arts Center, Suwon, South Korea.

2017 SAINT BEAT’S 17th FESTIVAL of Sculpture and Marble Symposium of Sculpture, France, 2015 Nomination Invitation Form Eco Humanity-2015 China Changbai Mountain International Sculpture Symposium. In 2007 she got award of The 43rd Gyeonggi Art Contest-Awarded as a special selection(sculpture).

Her collection at College of Law, Kookmin University, Seoul, South Korea. Byuksan Blooming apartment in Siksa complex, Ilsan, South Korea. WE-City Blooming, Ilsan, South Korea. Changbai mountain, Jilin Province, China. SAINT BEAT’S, France. private collect in Australia.

Lex Sorrentino

A mixed Media Clay Artist, Lex began sculpting in 1996 and being self- taught, her minimal training has left her free to approach clay sculpting with no preconceptions as to how it ought to be used. “Ignorance is not only bliss, but genuinely constructive, particularly in a medium as adaptable as clay”.

Lex’s choice is Whimsical art, which show the diversity of different clays and how they can be incorporated with many mediums to produce interesting creations, (one of which came second in the International Polymer Clay Association Sculpture Award 2022). She teaches weekly Workshops in Oxley, Canberra and is the Co-Ordinator for the once-a-year Contemporary Craft Retreat at Greenhills, Cotter ACT.

Michael Meszaros OAM

Michael has lived as a full-time sculptor for 53 years, making large public commissions locally and internationally, exhibition sculpture, medals, portraits, trophy sculptures and relief sculptures. He has won many prizes and awards for his sculpture locally and for his medals internationally. His medals are held in many local and international collections, including the British Museum.

Michael Snape

49 years sculpture. Represented AGNSW, Wollongong Gallery, Powerhouse, Armidale Regional Gallery, Extensive public commissions and Willinga Park collection

Naomi Taylor Royds

A Braidwood based, emerging artist whose work is inspired by individual landscape and personal memory. Objects are seen as repositories of memory forming our identity and telling our story. She has participated in numerous selected group exhibitions and been a finalist in various Art Awards. Taylor Royds received ‘The Emerging Artist Award’ at Sculpture@Shaw in Murrumbateman in 2022. She exhibited in Sculpture by the Sea at Bondi in 2019 and 2022.

A multidisciplinary artist, her works have been exhibited interstate, held in private collections and have been shown in public spaces in NSW and Canberra.

Nick Hopkins

A South Coast wood turner and sculptor specialising in one-off artistic pieces. Nick’s raw materials are largely timbers he has scavenged himself from 2nd hand timber yards, or from trees felled on his former permaculture property on the NSW far North Coast during weed removal e.g. Camphor laurel. His favourite timbers are Australian Red Cedar, Mango, Oregon and Hoop Pine Plywood. After receiving his Graduate Diploma of Landscape Architecture he ran a successful landscape design business in Canberra before relocating to Eurobodalla Shire in 2013. He now produces quality artwork worthy of either indoor or outdoor display.

He is a member of the Eurobodalla Woodworkers Guild, and Creative Arts Batemans Bay Inc. (CABBI). Recent exhibitions include:
Batemans Bay Arts and Craft Society 30th Annual Exhibition 2015’s 1st prize in Sculpture section + People’s Choice Award in Sculpture
Batemans Bay Arts and Craft Society 31st Annual Exhibition 2016′ 1st prize in Sculpture section + People’s Choice Award in Sculpture
Montague Arts and Crafts Exhibition 2016’s 1st prize in Sculpture section
CABBI 32nd Annual Exhibition 2017 – 1st and 2nd prize in Craft + Commended and Highly Commended in Sculpture + People’s Choice Award in Sculpture + People’s Choice Award in Craft
Moruya River of Art 2014-17 works displayed in both Durras and Moruya
Sculpture for Clyde Exhibitions 2017, 2018, 2019
CABBI 33rd Annual Exhibition 2018 – People’s Choice Award in Sculpture
Eurobodalla Show 2019 1st Prize in Wood Carving + Champion Woodwork Exhibitor
South Coast Regional Exhibition of Woodwork, Tilba 2019 People’s Choice Award
CABBI 34th Annual Exhibition 2019 – 2nd prize – Sculpture
Sculpture Bermagui 2020 People’s Choice Award – indoor section
CABBI 37th Annual Exhibition 2021’s 1st Prize Sculpture
CABBI 38th Annual Exhibition 2023’s 2nd Prize Sculpture

Paul Dimmer

A sculptor since age ten, Paul has worked in many mediums, but is now working mainly in corten, mild steel, stainless steel, and copper.

Philip Spelman

Graduated from the Applied Arts Department at the Queensland College of Arts and continued with further study at the School of Art, Australian National University completing a BVA in Sculpture.

As a practising sculptor for the past 35 years, Spelman works in painted steel, and he maintains a broad professional arts practice. He is actively engaged in regional, national and international exhibitions, commissions and conference programmes as well as technical management and exhibition consultation.

His works are abstract constructions where elements balance, tumble and float creating positive and negative compositions of space, light and shade. The sculptures are memorable for their vibrant colours which give luminosity and depth, creating stunning silhouettes within their environment.

Spelman’s sculptures are held in many public, private and corporate collections, nationally and International. Major works are featured in numerous public collections including the Snowy Valley Sculpture Trail, multiple works, with artsACT, Canberra Museum & Art Gallery, Australian National University, Point Leo Estate Sculpture Park, Denman Prospect, Gomboc Sculpture Gallery, Price Waterhouse, and the Bathurst Regional Gallery.

In 2012 he was awarded a Helen Lempriere scholarship for research and travel. In 2013 he received the NSW government regional acquisition award, and his work was acquired by Bathurst Regional Gallery.

His commissions include the Cultural facilities corporation, Civil & Civic / Lend Lease, South Sydney City Council, Denman prospect, and Arrow International.

R.M. (RON) GOMBOC Cit.WA – Condensed CV

Snowy River Sculpture Trail, Adelong NSW Batemans Bay, NSW
Minqin Sculpture Park, China National Gallery Museum Xian China National Gallery, Songyang, China
Royal Perth Hospital
Minderoo Collection, WA Town of Claremont, WA Burswood Park, Burswood WA
Mandoon Estate, Swan Valley WA Mater Dei College Joondalup WA National War Museum Canberra ACT
Department of the Premier and Cabinet Government of Western Australia Qingdao City, China
Goyang City, South Korea Riversea Hostel, Mosman Park WA
FMG Cloud Break Mine Chapel. WA Australian Film Industry – AACTA Award Town of Cottesloe, WA
City of Goyang, South Korea
Sud Province, Noumea New Caledonia City of Port Hedland, WA
Sohar Aluminium Company, Sultanate of Oman
Royal Flying Doctors Association Headquarters, Broken Hill Australia City of Melville, WA
Asago Museum and Sculpture Park, Asago, Japan
TAFEWA Central Campus, Perth. WA Landcom Collection, (State owned corporation, Government of New South Wales)
Shire of Glenelg, Portland Victoria Centenary of Old Guildfordians Commission Guildford Grammar School, WA.
Peace Sculpture Park Beijing, China. Benedictine Collection, New Norcia, W.A. Alcoa World Alumina Australia, WA
Edith Cowan University, WA University of Technology Sydney, NSW Ministry for Justice, WA
Claremont School of Art, WA City of Wanneroo Collection, WA
Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Podagoska Fakulteta, Maribor, Slovenia Galerija Bozidar Jakazc, Kostanjevica na Krki, Slovenia
Swan Valley Tourism Council, WA Mandorla Collection, New Norcia, WA New Norcia Collection, New
Norcia, WA City of Swan Collection, WA
Murdoch University, WA
La Salle College of the Arts, Singapore Mundaring Sculpture Park, WA House of Humor and Satire,
Gabrovo, Bulgaria
Education Department, Perth, WA
Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Nedlands, WA Governor Stirling High School,
Guild of Undergraduates,

The University of WA
St. George’s House, Guildford Grammar School, WA
Also represented in many private collections in Australia and abroad, including the Sultan of Brunei and Sultan of Oman

Bendat Family Foundation WA Invited Artist SXS Cottesloe 2020 2019 First Prize Sculpture on Clyde, Batemans Bay New South Wales exhibition.
2014 Decade Club’s SXS Cottesloe 2012 Swan Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year -Culture 2010 Decade Club for ten years exhibiting at Sculpture by the Sea exhibitions, Bondi. 2008 Inaugural Distinguished Invited WA Artist Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe
2007 Balnaves Artist’s Award Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, NSW
2007 Australian Defence Medal
2006 Alcoa People’s Choice Award for aluminium sculpture Sculpture by
the Sea Cottesloe 2007.
2006 Landcom Acquisitive Sculpture Award University of Western Sydney, NSW.
2005 Alcoa People’s Choice Award for aluminium sculpture Sculpture by
the Sea Cottesloe 2005.
2004 Iceberg’ Signature Prize, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi NSW 2003 Arts WA Life Time Commitment Award (shared with T.C. Gomboc) 2003 Centenary of Federation Medal for outstanding commitment to the community in raising the awareness of art
2003 JB Were Distinguished Invited Artist Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2003.
1998 Director’s Award, Sea Change Exhibition, Albany WA. October.
1996 Telstra Small Business Development Award – Midland Region
Midland Chamber of Commerce
– Excellence in Small Business Award.
1994 Mandorla Prize for Religious Art
– Kevin Sullivan Award, Studio Residency at Verdaccio Studios, Tuscany Italy.
1993 Western Australian Week Council Citizen of the Year Award for Arts, Culture and Entertainment
1992 Nominated finalist in the West Australian Citizen of the Year
Award for Contribution to the Arts.
1991 City of Swan Citizen of the Year Award for Contribution to the
1985 Waterways Gallery Sculpture Award

1984 Waterways Gallery Sculpture Award
1983 City of Swan Sculpture Award 1982 City of Swan Sculpture Award

2021 De Mol Group of Companies 2021 AACTA Awards for AFI
2020 De Mol Group of Companies
2014 Design and manufacture six sculptures for Mandoon Complex, Swan Valley WA
2014 Miniature Mater Dei presentation sculptures 2013 2.5mtre sculpture for Mater Dei College,
2013 Manufacture Australian Film Industry Award. (AACTA) designed by R.M. Gomboc
2013 Tattarang Collection, WA
2013 J and J Wilson private sculptural commission, Applecross 2013 Design and make sculpture for
Mater Dei College,
Joondalup WA
2012 Royal Australian Engineers monument to 66 Units from World War ll
2011 Design and manufacture Australian Film Industry Award. (AACTA Award)
2011 Six Northern Spirit sculptures for Fortescue Metal Group 2011 Eagles/Dockers football
derby trophy for Carlton United
2011 Ross Glendinning medals for Carlton United Brewery 2011 Six large sculptures for the
Galaxy Group Cotai, Macau
2010 Company Achievement Awards for Fortescue Metal Group
2009 Oman Aluminium Company, Sultanate of Oman 2009 Heath Ledger Memorial, Applecross WA
2009 Con Di Podero & Company, Oxford Street Leederville, WA
2008 Fortescue Metal Group 12 Metre sculpture Northern Spirits, Cyclone George Memorial, Port
Hedland, WA
2008 Royal Flying Doctor Sculpture, RFDS Headquarters, Broken Hill
2008 F and M De Waard, Texas U.S.A. 2008 SPF Stainless Steel Sculpture, Perth 2007 Pivot
Group West Perth
2007 J and J Wilson private sculptural commission, Applecross
2006 D and L McLeod private bronze commission, Mundaring
2005 Guildford Grammar School ‘Centenary of Old Guildfordians” sculpture
2004 The Kevin Barry Memorial Trophy, West Australian Marathon Club
2002 Bill Warnock Annual Award, Edith Cowan University
2001 Mazenod College – 1.8m. bronze sculpture of the Madonna.
2001 Ross Glendinning sculptured medal
2001 Carlton United Brewery Sculptured Trophy – Eagles/Dockers football derby
2000 Bronze Rhino 650 x 1300, commissioned by Mark and Lyn Gouge
2000 Bronze sculpture of St. John Baptiste de La
Salle and girl and boy for La Salle College, Viveash. Western Australia.
1999 GRA awards by Guildford Rowing Association. 1998 Captain Stirling Cottage Maquette
commissioned by Midland Chamber of Commerce

1998 Bronze portrait for Mr. C.N. Chou, Singapore. 1992 T.A.B. Corporate award bronze sculpture.
1998 Seven bronze fish for Eden Homes
1997 T.A.B. Corporate award bronze sculpture.
1997 Governor Stirling High School Chaplaincy Foundation
1997 Golden Bird sculpture commissioned by Interspace for Telethon fundraising
1997 Repair and restore Captain Stirling 2 metre bronze sculpture for State Government in
preparation for the sculpture to be re-installed in Perth.
1997 Spring in the Valley Bronze sculpture commissioned by Swan Valley Tourism Council.
1997 Lou Whiteman Award commissioned by Swan Valley Tourism Council.
1996 T.A.B. Corporate award bronze sculpture. 1996 Metropolis Concert Club Sculpture, Roe
1996 Western Australian Institute of Building Surveyors John George Memorial Sculpture.
1996 The Artisan sculpture commissioned by Fini Group St.
James Park Estate, Northbridge,
1993 Joint Commission with William E. Rees – Two 3.5metre rearing horses, mirror image, cast in
bronze for Sultan of Brunei.
1991 Equal Opportunity Annual Media Awards. 1989 City of Swan Annual Heritage Awards.
1989 Leslie Anderson Annual Theatre Awards. 1987 City of Swan Annual Landscape Awards. 1987
City of Swan Annual Industrial Awards.
Invited Artist representing Australia at Sculpture Symposiums and workshops since 1986, including:
‘Identite Partagee” Melanesian Art Festival New Caledonia, 2010 Goyang Tenth Anniversary
International Sculpture Symposium, South Korea, 2011
The First China Qingdao International Sculpture Symposium, Qingdao, China. 2012
The Fourth Silk Road International Art Exhibition, Xian, China. 2017
International Contemporary Art Exhibition, Songyang, China. 2017
2nd International Desert Sculpture Symposium China 2019 Invited Artist Sculpture on Clyde, Batemans
Bay NSW 2019 Invited Artist Sculpture Bermagui, NSW
Invited Artist Sculpture on the Scarp, Darlington WA

Ralph Tikerpae

A Wyalong artist who works and exhibits in the central west of NSW. He is most known for his large metal sculptures in public and private collections in both Australia and overseas. Here he has created a refuge from the world and a wonderful work-zone in which to be creative.

Richard Moffatt

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Robert Barnstone

A practicing artist and academic with a BS/BFA fine arts degree in Sculpture/ Architecture and Ecology, from Bennington college, and a Master of Architecture, Harvard University. With over 20 scholarly publications and book chapters primarily in sustainable design practice and creative installations. Notable Art installations include: Prone at the Socrates Sculpture Park in NYC, The Narrative Forest, Once Removed, SXS, Bondi,2013, Line vessels, SxS Bondi 2014, Cleft WSU, Body shells, SxS Bondi 2016 ,Gene Rosa SxS 2018. Prize and collections: Wolliombi , Whittier College Collection, Narrative interventions, Cite University Paris, Western Sydney University, Mona Farms and Kerr Neilson.

Ruth Lupton

Growing up on the south-eastern coast shores of Australia, Ruth has been influenced by the rugged landscapes of wild oceans and the rich, huge expanse of the dry Australian bush. Nature theme’s therefore feature commonly in her work. Moving to the city of Sydney as an adult, Ruth embraced modern culture and studied a Bachelor of Fine Arts at The National Art School, majoring in Sculpture. Art history has been another influence in her work, from European architecture and sculpture.

Sallie Portnoy

A prolific interdisciplinary artist, working in glass, clay, metals, and mixed media. Her background in ceramics informs her work in glass, which has earned recognition and representation internationally in private and permanent collections. She studied ceramics at University of Manitoba and NSCAD in Canada and graduated from COFA (BA ceramics) and SCA, Sydney University (MSA glass). In recent years she has re engaged in a ceramic practice at Northern Beaches TAFE Open Studio where she has been creating sculptural forms as well as thrown vessels. Portnoy has had numerous solo exhibitions and exhibits regularly in outdoor public art shows. She has been the recipient of several major awards and public art commissions both in the private sector and by various community councils. She teaches glass casting workshops in Australia, Canada, Turkey, and in U.S. at Corning Museum of Glass and Urban Glass NY and Pilchuck, Seattle. She lives, works and teaches on the Northern Beaches of Sydney.

Scott Ingram

A Sydney based multidisciplinary artist who exhibits nationally. His art practice includes drawing, marble and wood carving, metal assemblages and installations.

Senden Blackwood

Senden’s stone sculptures are inspired by the pure underlying forms of nature. These works are deceptive in their apparent simplicity, belying the personally demanding work processes involved in their creation. Blackwood has carved and exhibited in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States.

Shannon Stone

A mutli award winning sculptor based on the mid coast of NSW.
Shannons works are often a reminder to look closely at the finer details of life.
He brings small yet significant elements of nature to life in artworks at a scale easily viewed from a distance

Sian Watson

Sian explores the relationships humans and animals have with their shared environments through figurative and abstract sculpture. Having completed a BVA (Hons 1) at ANU in 2015, Watson has since exhibited in Australia and overseas. Watson has received numerous sculpture awards including Clitheroe Emerging Artist Mentor Program (Sculpture by the Sea) and Rosalie Gascoigne Memorial Award (CAPO).

Susan Curran

BA Wollongong
Ceramics Cert Canberra of Art

Susan McAlister

An independent Artist. Susan acquired a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the National Art School in Darlinghurst, Sydney NSW with majors in Sculpture, Drawing and Art History. Her practice encompasses watercolour, acrylic painting, and sculpture.
Susan enjoys working with clay for its malleability, strength, and expressiveness,
She sees the sculptural form is a means for meditation as it speaks without the use of words. When she finds inspiration, she starts working sometimes drawing first whilst other times working in a completely intuitive way letting the work guide the narrative and the outcome.

Suzanne Shelley

I have been making art in many mediums for over 30 years. Gaining a Masters in Art and Design from UNSW in 2013. Experimentation and chance play a significant part in my work. I have exhibited work internationally and around Australia and been selected to exhibit in various recognized competitions here and overseas.

Thomas Westra

Born 1970 in Canberra and started his working life in the field of industrial electronics. However, at the time Thomas felt that his work was lacking in possibilities for creative expression. A change was needed and a decision was made to take 12 months ‘off’ to focus on finding creative passions in life. It was during this time he discovered the art of forging hot metal and found sculpting it to be most exciting with endless possibilities. This has led has led to a 27 year journey of exploration and a self taught deep understanding of the medium.

Throughout this period over 10000 individual metal creations based on the form of a lizard have been “hatched” each instilled with life and movement while also completing sculptures based on more personal themes.

His work aims to evoke a positive state of mind with both the observer and himself while creating. In 2017 Thomas was commissioned by Keggins, a Canberra-based property developer to create ‘Sapphire’. This sculpture celebrated the launch of their collection of prestigious residences on Kingston Foreshore Peninsula, Canberra.

He was also the 2020 Sculpture Bermagui Major Prize winner and People’s Choice winner for ‘Landed’. In order to push the boundaries achievable with metal forming and be able to realise larger sculptural concepts his practice includes a focus on combining knowledge in art, electronics, software and engineering.

By developing bespoke processes, Thomas can expand his creative capabilities and produce work that is unique, innovative and expressive.

Tim Barrass

Tim has practiced as an artist and musician for 30 years. He lives in Mogo and helps rehabilitate wildlife.

Tobias Bennett

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Tom Buckland

An artist who deals in a correspondence of imaginary worlds, transporting his audience to other dimensions across space and time. In 2015, Tom graduated from the ANU School of Art with a BVA (hons). Tom has exhibited nationally and internationally and in 2021 was the recipient of the Sculpture by the Sea Clitheroe Foundation emerging artist mentorship.

Ulan Murray and Rachel Burns

Living together and working collaboratively for over 20 years. During this time, they have developed a deep trust and understanding of each other’s language and perspectives. Between them they combine Ulana’s interest in biology and horticulture and Rachel’s Fine Arts background.

Vlase Nikoleski

Graduate VCA Melbourne (1975)
Research MFA UNSW Sydney (1987)
Research PhD Deakin Melbourne (2005)

Represented in major collections at NGA Canberra, NGV Melbourne, Museum of Modern Art & National Gallery Skopje North Macedonia, Henry Moore Sculpture Park UK, Mildura Arts Centre VIC, Newcastle Region Art Gallery NSW, Heidi Museum of Modern Art Melbourne.

Exhibited widely since 1973 including SxS 2010, 2022, VCA Melbourne, Newcastle Region Art Gallery NSW, Maitland Art Gallery NSW, University of Newcastle NSW. Represented in many public and private collections in Australia and other countries.

First sculptor recipient to be awarded the Keith and Elizabeth Murdoch travelling fellowship at VCA Melbourne (1976)

Wil Edwards-Franchimon

While studying for my Bachelor of Creative Arts at University of Wollongong (2019), my environmental research merged with the skills I was acquiring in metal sculpture to express both the beauty of our receding environment and the increasingly positive movement towards regeneration. The combination of malleability and strength in steel and brass allow me to represent the tenacity now required to restore the environmental balance. Working from my recently constructed studio on our bushland property near Jervis Bay, I am gradually building my collection of equipment to cut, roll, grind and weld sculptures that hopefully encourage the viewer to strive for the reinstatement of our natural environment.