Category Archives: Sculpture

Down For a Ride With the Girl On a Slide

Australian painter, sculptor and teacher John Stuart Dowie was born on 15 January 1915, in the Adelaide suburb of Prospect. He was one of South Australia’s most respected sculptors and his works appear all over Adelaide. One of these include: “Girl on … Continue reading

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The honour of being William Cresswell – Father of the Australian Navy

Vice Admiral Sir William Rooke Creswell  was born on 20 July 1852 in Gibraltar. He was educated at Gibraltar and Eastman’s Royal Naval Academy, Southsea. He began his naval career at the age of 13 as a cadet on the … Continue reading

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Try Your Luck and Maybe Spend a Buck at the Fryerstown Antique Fair

Fryerstown Antique Fair will celebrate its 42nd anniversary in 2017. It is held on the surrounding days of the Australia Day holiday on January 25th each year. The popular annual event has grown from strength to strength each year and … Continue reading

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A Hoffering on A Hill

Alfred Hill (1936) by Rayner Hoff (1894-1937) patinated plaster. National Portrait Gallery, Canberra. Australian/New Zealand composer, conductor and teacher, Alfred Francis Hill was born on 16 December 1869 in Melbourne, Victoria. He spent most of his early life in New … Continue reading

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The Hounds of Love are Calling

(Above: The Faithful Hound (1830) – where the bloodhound, as protagonist, howls a mournful lament for his dead master, as the the last rays of the sun fade). English painter Sir Edwin Henry Landseer was born on 7 March, 1802. … Continue reading

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Circe and the Dawn of a New Age

Australian sculptor Sir Edgar Bertram Mackennal was born on 12th June 1863 in Fitzroy, an inner city suburb of Melbourne. Mackennal studied at the National Gallery from 1878 -1882. He then left to study in London, where he shared a … Continue reading

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Webb’s Hope of Deliverance – Justifies its Existence

Bust of poet A.C. Hope by Cathy Webb, Garema Place, Canberra, Australia (2012). Alec Derwent Hope AC OBE (21 July 1907 –13 July 2000) was an Australian poet and essayist known for his satirical slant. He was also a critic, … Continue reading

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Any port in a storm seems a far cry for Ambrogiani’s Le Port

French Expressionist painter, print-maker and sculptor Pierre Ambrogiani was born on January 16, 1907 in Ajaccio located on the west coast of the island of Corsica, 210 nautical miles (390 km) southeast of Marseille, France. Ambrogiani is known for his bright colors … Continue reading

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Henry’s statues are so Moorish

“Two Piece Reclining Figure #9″ (1968) bronze situated outside the  National Library of Australia, Canberra. English sculptor and artist Henry Spencer Moore was born in Castleford, West Yorkshire on 30th July 1898. He is best known for his reclining human-figure … Continue reading

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Bruce Lee: From the Big Boss to the Game of Death

Bruce Lee, (Lee Jun-fan), was born on November 27, 1940, at the Chinese Hospital, in San Francisco’s Chinatown; the fourth son of Han Cantonese opera star Lee Hoi-Chuen. According to the Chinese zodiac, Lee was born in both the hour … Continue reading

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The barbaric and magical Eidos of Barbara Hepworth

English artist and sculptor Barbara Hepworth was born on 10th January, 1903 in Wakefield, West Riding, Yorks.  She attended Wakefield Girls’ High School and won a scholarship in 1920 to Leeds School of Art. It was there that she met and established a friendship … Continue reading

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The spirit of community expounds in Ethos

“Ethos” is a slender-winged bronze figured sculpture which stands in the Australian capital city of Canberra’s Civic Centre.  Sculptured by Tom Bass, “Ethos” symbolizes the Capital’s ‘Spirit of the Community’ and is said to be an expression of the nation’s … Continue reading

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Torso: Don’t lose your head…go figure it out

French-born American sculptor Gaston Lachaise was born on March 19, 1882.  From 1898 -1904 he studied sculpture at the École des Beaux-Arts under Gabriel-Jules Thomas. He began his artistic career as a designer of Art Nouveau decorative objects for the … Continue reading

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When Archibald met Apollo

I fell in love with the Archibald Fountain when I first saw it at the age of nine. Its real name is the “J. F. Archibald Memorial Fountain“, named after the owner and editor of The Bulletin magazine, who bequeathed … Continue reading

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Yes Virginia there is more than Santa Claus

Australian-American sculptor Clement Lyon Meadmore was born  in Melbourne, Australia, on 9th February 1929. He is known for his large outdoor steel sculptures. Meadmore originally studied Aeronautical Engineering followed by Industrial Design at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). After … Continue reading

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