Tag Archives: #Sculpture

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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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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The hounds of love are calling – for Diana

Some people may recognize this bronze statue of Diana and the Hounds which stands in front of the Conservatory in Melbourne’s Fitzroy Gardens. It is the work of Australian sculptor William Leslie Bowles, who was born on 26 February 1885 in Leichhardt, New South Wales.  He … 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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The world is full of interesting funny excruciating things like Mall’s Balls

Renown Australian visual artist and stainless steel geometric sculptor, Herbert ‘Bert’ Flugelman  was born in 1923 in Vienna, Austria. In 1938, at the age of 15, he migrated to Australia, just before the break-out of WW2. During the war years … Continue reading

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Bookish Owls and a Little Big Man

The Big Little Man (1999) sounds like a typical oxymoron, however, in this case, he is a whimsical bronze sculpture by Dean Bowen. It provokes interaction and discussion as he appears as both larger and smaller than life at the … Continue reading

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Pig’s Bum

Pig’s bum, pig’s ass, pig’s arse. No matter which way you look at it; it’s a pig’s arse – Oliver’s bronze one, to be precise. In case you can’t work out what you are looking at. Let me assure you … Continue reading

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Have these three added to the general plopulation?

So, here’s the drop on ‘Plop’. ‘Plop Art’ or, as sometimes referred to: ‘Plonk Art’ is a pejorative slang term for public art; which is usually large, abstract, modernist or contemporary (and mostly sculpture) made for Government or Corporate plazas, … Continue reading

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The Seedlings of Nature

Fiona Murphy is a Melbourne-based contemporary artist and ceramicist.  She graduated with a Dip. Art & Design (1980); Grad. Dip. Fine Art (1985); Grad. Dip. Ed. (1993) and Master of Fine Art (2007) from Monash University, Melbourne. She was the … Continue reading

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Who gives a Hoot?

Australian sculptor, Thomas Dwyer Bass aka Tom Bass,  was born in Lithgow, New South Wales, on 6th June 1916. He studied at the Dattilo Rubbo Art School and the National Art School.  After his graduation, Tom developed a philosophy of … Continue reading

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Centaur and the Urban Angels

Wendy Reiss is a Melbourne ceramic artist, designer, drawer and painter. She gives classes in ceramic sculpture from her home studio in Carrum. She is the artist of two ceramic (mixed media) sculptures at the exterior of the Kingston Arts … Continue reading

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Who’s robb’n who?

When I first saw “Trophy”  in the foyer of the National Gallery of Victoria it ‘quite blew my head off’.  It is  made from fibreglass, polyester resin, synthetic polymer, paint and steel. It was created in 2002 by sculptor Charles … Continue reading

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Royston Vasey – A local town for local people

If you are a follower of “The League of Gentlemen” BBC black-comedy TV series, you will recognize this sculpture, and as you know, sculpture is an important form of art. This sculpture appears at the beginning of each episode. (Some … Continue reading

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Hammer Horror

I’m not talking about the Kate Bush song from ’80s or the theme behind the song, which entailed productions from the Hammer Studios (UK) which ran horror movies  (by the way – loved those Dracula one’s with Christopher Lee and … Continue reading

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