Featured Artists for July 2019
This month our focus in on sculpture and we’re pleased to feature the works of three amazing artists; Richard Byrnes, Larissa Gray and Dawn Robinson.
Perhaps the oldest form of art, ancient rock carvings being viewed more as relief sculpture than drawing, sculpture represents a significant part of our history.
From the early Egyptians, Greeks and Romans with their representation of gods and religious icons, through to the physical realism of the Renaissance and the abstract forms of the modern era, sculpture continues to fascinate and inspire.
The physical demands required to create with mediums such as marble, bronze or stone perhaps adds to our fascination. We can only wonder at the effort and sheer genius required for Michelangelo to transform a single block of marble into David, an awe-inspiring six-ton masterpiece and likely the worlds’ most recognizable sculpture.
Today’s sculptors continue to enrich our world with wonderful new creations that expand the boundaries of expression through novel mediums and diverse forms. We hope you enjoy exploring sculpture through the works of our featured artists at https://www.ozartfinder.com/featured-australian-artists/ and also enjoy finding out more about their backgrounds and artistic journeys.
Sydney based artist and tutor, Richard Byrnes has held 22 solo exhibitions and over 100 group exhibitions in Australia and overseas. His works are included in the National Gallery, University of NSW, Artbank, Macquarie University, and several other city and regional gallery collections.
Richard has also been commissioned for public sculptures, firstly in 2004 for his work ‘Guardian Dogs’ located at the Newtown Precinct in Sydney and then in 2009 by the North Sydney Council for his sculpture ‘Harbour Cycles’. Originally located in North Sydney, this massive cast aluminium sculpture has since been relocated to Milsons Point.
Richard’s list of awards and achievements is extensive and impressive, including the 2009 North Sydney Council Public Art Commission Prize, winner of the Hunters Hill, Blacktown, Waverley, Thursday Plantation and Manning Sculpture Prizes to mention just a few.
Richard is a popular tutor who conducts regular sculpture and drawing classes at Workshop Arts Centre and the Waverley Woollahra Art School in Sydney. He also teaches additional workshops in Bronze casting and clay sculpture.
Larissa Gray is popular for her unique small scale bronze and mixed media sculptures, producing works that reflect the beauty and soul of nature around her.
Larissa grew up in rural NSW, and from an early age developed an appreciation for the colours and elements of the Australian landscape. The seasonal changes has always provided her with never ending inspiration.
Following overseas travels, the influence of Japanese arts and culture can also be seen in some of her more recent works.
Her wonderfully unique sculptures often featuring small animals and female figures can sometimes evoke a sense of sadness which may prompt the viewer to reflect on their own personal journey of life experiences and beliefs.
Larissa trained at the National Art School in East Sydney and began sculpting professionally after moving to Kyneton, Victoria in 2012. Soon after she opened her own Gallery in Kyneton; The Golden Dog Gallery and Studio. Currently located at 11 High Street, the gallery will close on the 5th July and will re-open on the 5th September at 43b High Street, just in time for the Kyneton Daffodil Festival.
Dawn Robinson, sculptor, painter and glass artist from Victoria has always been inspired and influenced by her environment and human emotions. This self-taught artist says she’s on a path of discovery and insight.
Her work constantly changes to explore the use of texture, light, shape, form and image to allow her emotions to flow through. Her sculpture pieces are created in various rock, timber, copper, steel, bronze and glass. Regardless of subject or medium, Dawn finds every work of art both challenging and inspirational.
Dawn also conducts workshops and sculpture classes covering essential areas of producing a sculpture including shape, form, abstracting and rationalising an object, along with understanding correct application and the use of professional tools and sculpture equipment.
Dawn’s work is held in private collections throughout Australia and overseas.