Ceramic Break Sculpture Park Exhibition
July 20 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Born Denver 5/1958. I spent a lot of time skiing in winter and hiking in summer in the Rocky Mountains. I spent two years in Jamaica in the US Peace Corp growing trees. Did a lot of travelling in Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa and settled in Australia 20 years ago.
I consider my artistic style to be modern medieval. I’m drawn to primitive and naive art and am fascinated by the folk art of Michoacan. My first artworks were comics and the comic element is still strong in my bronze sculpture. I love the surrealists, Bosch, Goya and Australian Aboriginal Art. Since 2005, I’ve been showing overseas in Italy, Japan, Shanghai, London, New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Texas, Colorado and Arizona
My first artworks were comics and the comic element is still strong in my bronze sculpture. I call myself a “narrative” artist mainly because I don’t want to be known as a figurative artist. There are better figurative artists out there than me and really my figures aren’t only the art itself, but also a conduit to tell my narrative stories. I’m appalled by the violence I see on the evening news, but it seems that violence and humour underlie nearly everything I create. I try to produce 2-3 outdoor works for Ceramic Break Sculpture Park every year and also try to produce a narrative bronze series every year.
I feel I’m spreading myself very thin, but I win a contest every once in a while and sell sculpture. I wouldn’t say I’m making much money, but I’m having a good time and meeting interesting people and seeing the world. The offshoot is that going to so many diverse places, I get great new ideas. I’ve sowed a lot of seed and there’s potential for big payouts in the future if the world economy doesn’t collapse. At the top of my CV it reads Hopelessly optimistic with a sincere desire to do something genteel and I’ll still go along with that.
1981 BS Forest Management Science, 1987 MBA Finance. I had my first solo show in Melbourne in 1998 and have had 10 solo shows and over 60 group exhibitions since then. Some of these shows were in places you’ve never heard of like Texas, Queensland, but the majority were in Sydney, Melbourne, the Gold Coast and Brisbane. I’ve shown twice overseas at the 2005 Florence Biennale and in 2003 at the MCA in Denver. I won a winning prize in Super Heroes Exhibition at On Main Off Center Gallery in Denison