I will be demonstrating at the ASV Exhibition on Herring Island on the Australia Day holiday, Monday 28th January , along with other artists. As well as viewing the exhibition, you can walk around the island (it's quite small) and see the permanent sculpture collection.
You can get to the island on the free punt from Como Landing, near the Kanteen café (Melways ref. Map 58 G2).
Map from Parks Victoria Park Notes
You can now buy gift certificates at Trybooking which allow the recipient to book a place in one of my workshops. The certificates are valid for 12 months and are $130.30 (the $0.30 covers the Trybooking booking fee.)
Get your gift certificates at Trybooking
Two of my pieces were exhibited (and sold!) at "Within the Land - Sculpture at Acheron", a wonderful exhibition of over 60 sculptures in the gardens of Rennies at Acheron, near Alexandra. It will be on again next year and is well worth the drive over the Black Spur to see the sculptures and enjoy lunch at the café.
There is an article on the Art Almanac website about "Synergy" and the Tesselaar Sculpture Prize.
There is one more week to visit the Tulip Festival, which finishes on October 14th
The Tesselaar Tulip Festival opened yesterday, 15th September, and includes the Tesselaar Sculpture Prize, with works by 25 finalists. I was surprised during the week to receive a call from Mark Cowie, the exhibition curator, telling me I had won the $20,000 Tesselaar Sculpture Prize! This is an acquisitive prize, so "Synergy" will become part of the sculpture collection at the Tesselaar Flower Farm.
Here are the comments by the judge, Michael Meszaros OAM:
"John’s work has an apparent simplicity which disguises a subtlety of form and meaning. The title gives a clue to this subtlety. As I walked around it the forms played with each other as the viewing angle changed. These forms are elegant and feminine with a gradual development of complexity as they move upwards. They have a calculated dislocation which uses the light as it plays across the surface and as the day progresses. The work retains the suggestion of its original block of stone, utilising it while transforming it to another level of meaning. The work is fully three dimensional, encouraging one to walk around it and to notice the shifting counterpoint of the carefully composed forms. Finally, it is beautifully crafted, utilising the potential of the material, its texture and its colour".
The tulip Festival is on until 14th October - more info at tulipfestival.com.au/ or tesselaar_tulip_festival on Instagram.
Here are some photos, taken the day of installation (The tulips weren't out yet).
Last night was the opening of the ASV Annual and Awards Exhibition. I was lucky enough to win the "CMP Stonemason Supplies" Prize!
The judge, Chris Deutscher, made some very positive comments: "Each of this artist’s works (nos. 3,4,5) are carefully considered and perfectly formed, akin to nature. The carving is refined and almost secondary to the shapes that so comfortably evolve. Geometric shapes and clusters of cells thrive in this natural world enhanced by the simple soft limestone medium."
I have been selected as a finalist in the Tesselaar Sculpture Prize, part of the Tesselaar Tulip Festival held between 15 September and 14 October. My sculpture is not quite finished, but here is a sneak peak - just part of it, the complete piece is 1.5m tall.
I have three works in the ASV Annual and Awards Exhibition.
I will have a stall at the next Heide Maker's Market, on 8 September at the Heide Museum of Modern Art Sculpture Park. More details at the website.