Born in Wellington, New Zealand in 1955. Studied at Nelson College and was inspired by the Art Department at that time run by influential Nelson landscape painter Irvine Major and a general interest in the visual arts and popular culture to attend the Canterbury School of Fine Arts in Christchurch. Graduated with Hons degree in Sculpture in 1979 under the tutelage of Tom Taylor who headed the Sculpture Department and Martin Mendelsburg a visiting American sculptor who brought with him a keen awareness and appreciation of the work of minimal artists such as Carl Andre, Donald Judd and Sol LeWitt then impacting the American art scene.
After graduating worked at the Robert McDougall Art Gallery and the Auckland City Art Gallery as an exhibition coordinator and designer for a wide range of national and international exhibitions. Began working as a full time artist in 1987 exhibiting mainly in Auckland through the 90’s where a body of geometric sculptural works projecting from the wall surface was established. This eventually led to a series of larger commissioned exterior sculptures in painted steel again based on the use of simple geometric forms projecting this time from the ground plane.
Returned to Nelson in 2006 after a two year period living in South Korea and after participating in the last two Nelson Sculpture symposiums and Sculpture on the Gulf on Waiheke Island in 2009 has exhibited a range of painted aluminium sculpture in Christchurch, Wellington and the Auckland region.
The 7 art works in this exhibition grew from a renewed interest in collage and low relief sculpture as well as the Pop Art influences that first caught my attention as a young student. They are a selection from work completed over a two year period.
scandal 2 2006 / painted aluminium
black and white rainy day 2006 / painted aluminium
vanishing point 2009 / painted aluminium
These relief sculptures, constructed in aluminium and spray painted with automotive colours, belong to a body of work that grew out of a sculpture proposal called rainy day which was in part inspired by the music of Jimi Hendrix.
rainy day 2005 / sculpture proposal / painted steel 8000 x 10000 x 3600 in 12 bolted sections.