Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Joy Georgeson

Wallaga Lake Totem
raku clay, engobe glaze & oxides
1200C 1900 x 400 x 400mm
Price: $2500

Since moving to the Far South coast of NSW in the early 2007, Joy’s work has been strongly influenced by the estuary and coastal environment in the surrounding country with particular emphasis on the flora and fauna. Conservation and dependency between species are recurrent themes in the sculpture.The Wallaga Lake Totem is a record of animals and plants important to Joy as part of the ecosystem of the estuary. The images are layered as they exist in nature in the food chain, with the invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles and avifauna linked by water. Gulaga, the dominant mountain in a landscape is etched behind the pelican.

Joy Georgeson was born in Melbourne where she attended Melbourne State College majoring in ceramics. She has exhibited in most Australian states and has work in many private and public collections including the National Gallery of Victoria, Newcastle and Shepparton Regional Galleries and various tertiary collections. In 1980 the Crafts Council of Australia selected her to participate in the International Ceramic Exhibition in Faenze, Italy.

Scott Ingram

marble and recycled steel - 480 x 500 x 1150mm Price: $3,500

Troubadours were lyric poets and singers roaming medieval France, singing the ballads of their time and place. “When I wake in the morning I hear the sounds of natures own Troubadours bringing in the new day. Not sure what they sing, maybe they are simply saying “just live for today” Their style is know as Trobar leu ‘to find, invent compose.”

crushed white marble & pattern stone binder 800 x 170 x 140 mm
Price: $1,200 per pair (2/21 limited ed.)

Scott has been a practicing sculptor for the past 12 years and likes to use as much recycled materials as possible evolving them into sculpture. He attended Tom Bass Scupture School in 1998 and has done bronze casting and photography at NAS in 1997 and 2007. He enjoys drawing and etching which he believes to be the heart beat of his sculpture making. Scott has a background in building and farming and currently lives and works in Sydney.

Jan Shaw

The Conversation
carrara marble, black granite 580 x 320 x 600mm - Millbrook Estate 2008
Price: $10,000

Jan’s conversation was one with the beautiful tuscany landscape conceived in a studio in Carrara, Italy and realised in the residence of fellow sculptor May Barrie on the South Coast of NSW. Stone carving is a life long passion for Jan. She attempts to capture emotion without any preconceived ideas working into the block of stone, remaining open and enquiring until she finds her directon guided by the qualities of the stone itself.

Jan studied art at the Sculpture Centre in the Rocks,with Mitzi McColl and went on to teach at the centre for 3 years. She has been a member of the Sculptors Society in1974, completing major commissions for the Bicentennial Sculpture Park at Gallery 460, private collections in WA and two Donnybrook carvings - Nanarup Dreaming and Earthly Star Watcher, 12 and 3 tonnes respectively.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Mike Patton

sandstone and steel
600 x 600 x 1200 - Undercliff Winery, 2008
Price: $1500 ea.

Protozoa are a group of similar forms that engage the questions of the development of life form. Evolution, adaption and mutation. The three forms may take on different pathways to full development and success. These differences are suggested in shape and implied movement. The stone ‘core’ of these ‘creatures’ the cellular center and the steel expressing from this center the diversion of form arising as development.

Where in the seed steel and timber - 1800 x 600 x 900, Undercliff Winery 2008
Price $7500

Where in the seed
represents an imagined flower part. The steel outer form reminisc
ent of a petal in its voluptuous curve, now dehiscent, it becomes a lacework of disused veins and pathways. The energy is drawn back, within, as a seed forms. Rising through the umbilical to the timber form attached and floating within the shielded protection of the outer form.

Mike has worked in the creative visual communicative arts for nearly 20 years, training in commercial photography teaching him an appreciation and understanding of light. He has a diversity of skills ranging from blacksmithing and props making through to those of an arborist. He worked in Film and TV as an art director. Creating art and sculpture Has always been his first love.


colcast & pure glass, lifesize - Undercliff Winery 2008
Price: $12,000 or $2,200 each

Col Henrys’ Gossamer Series involves physically sketching in space. His ethereal sculptures create complex three-dimensional forms that are both formal and conceptual. The apparent fragility of the work suggests a rhythm that is meditative and engaging - the artist seeing them as metaphors for imagination and creativity. These gossamer works are designed for external installation and are strong and flexible although lightweight.

Col has been a practicing studio artist for over 40 years, having exhibited widely and undertaken a number of significant public sculpture commissions. He lives and works at Wyong Creek, in the Yarramalong Valley. He continues to mentor emerging artists through his popular sculpture classes, involving himself in many forms of artistic endeavor by helping community groups and local schools to achieve excellence in art and art awareness.

colcast and pure glass, lifesize, Undercliff 2007/8
Photo: Mattias Morelos, 2008
Price: $3,500

Photo: John Harrison, 2007

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Felicity Yorston

copper wire - 1200 x 500mm, Undercliff Winery
sponsored by:
cma recycling

Price: $2,000

Winter is inspired by recently pruned vines, seemingly bereft of life but simply lying dormant waiting for spring. Taken by the miracle of how these bare stems and two sprigs could produce such an abudance of leaves and fruit with the change of season,
Felicity pays homage to the dormant grape vine through this sculpture.

Felicity has dabbled in a variety of artistic pursuits from costume design to printmaking over the last 25 years. In 1994 she discovered a new medium and went to study glass at Sydney College of the Arts, graduating in 2007. While she enjoys working with glass and sharing her knowledge through teaching kiln-forming, she also finds working on large-scale constructions with bamboo and paper, equally rewarding. She has spent several years working with other artists and communities creating ephemeral large scale lantern constructions for celebrations and festivals around NSW.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Victoria Monk

54 hand blown glass solar tubes - donated by Physics Department, USYD.
Undercliff, 2008

2030 is fashioned on the game ‘Pick up Sticks’. The game is ancient and prevalent in all cultures and dates back to Gautama Buddha and divination. If we do not do something about climate change NOW, by 2030 there will be no chance to ‘pick up sticks’.

As a multi-media artist Victoria’s work reflects a dynamic approach to visual expression. From a background in performance and community art events she has developed a range of articulation that spans photography and sculpture, installation and printmaking. Her work is often informed by social and political issues that include human rights and environmental concerns. Although eclectic in approach a key influence in much of Victoria’s work has been her frequent travels through Asia, with love and respect of culture. An Eastern aesthetic therefore underpins much of her oeuvre.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Sue Callanan

Water x Air
site specific installation - sponsored by Hunter Bottling

Undercliff Winery 2008

Sue has a history of creating site specific installations, using minimal interventions to point to and enlarge the span of the viewer’s gaze. In this instance she uses the wine bottle to suggest an interface between human activity and natural elements. She configures bottles in such a way as to zipper up the lake at Undercliff defining the body of water and the island contained within it. This zipper, or stripe, which merges colours of the bottles with those of the surrounding terrain, is intended to prompt the viewer to move along its path, taking in details of the landscape through which it courses.

Sue has been creating site specific artworks over the last 25 years. She highlights aspects of the natural or built environment through introduction of minimal sculptural elements “indigenous” to the site in such a way that displaces their familiar reading. Sue has completed UG and PG studies at Sydney College of the Arts and a Masters in Art in Public Space at RMIT, Melbourne.

Brian Sanstrom

Representatives of the Urban Sprawl
timber, steel & enamel paint, Wollombi Wines, 2008
Price: $ 5,500

Rural communities face many threats in their daily existence, among them the ever-encroaching sprawl of the cities urban boundaries. Turning once lush pasture into identical bland housing estates. The effect of these developments can been aligned with the similarities of noxious weeds with their own garish colours and uninvited presence.These 16 pieces, spread out and mushrooming up through the green environment represent dilemmas facing growing populations within the urban and rural communities.

Brian Sanstrom was born in Melbourne, taking up residence in Brisbane where he completed a Certificate IV in Visual Arts (Ceramics), followed by a Diploma of Visual Arts (Ceramics) in 2006. He has commenced his Bachelor of Fine Arts, at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, already having exhibited in a number of large outdoor exhibitions including Swell at Currumbin Beach QLD 2008. He is a recent finalist in the Blake Prize for Spiritual art.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

William Eicholtz

Eicholtz’s Jumbuck
polymer cement and bronze with rhinestones 1.6 m

Stonehurst Cedar Creek, 2008

Price: $23,000

‘Eicholtz’s Jumbuck’ is a bejewelled and monolithic interpretation of the iconic Australian ram. He stands, handsomely, as a contemporary symbol for the bounty of the land and the diversity of Antipodean culture. His deciduous autumnal fleece of European oak leaves belies the impact of his hoof print on the Australian culture, ostentatiously bringing his European prosperity into the Australian landscape. He speaks of a different heritage and legacy. His cement leaves are blown aside to reveal a bounty of crystal acorns; an unexpected produce like no other harvested from this land. He is the merino on whose back we ride through the lineage of rural and cultural boom. He is the ovine central image of Australian art, from Tom Roberts’ ‘Shearing the Rams’ to Les Kossatz’s iconic sculptures, but reinterpreted in a post-modern context. This merino glances at us through rhinestone eyes, with a glittering, knowing irony. He is aware of his place in history and acknowledges it sheepishly.

‘Eicholtz’s Jumbuck’ is 1.6 metres high. It is made from a hardwearing polymer cement worked over a polystyrene core, and studded with plastic rhinestone acorns set in cast bronze caps. These materials are ideal for permanent outdoor display. This sculpture requires little maintenance, and will benignly sit in its garden surrounds. Like ‘Shrek’, the New Zealand merino discovered sheltering in a cave in 2004, shaggy and ensconced in five years of unshorn fleece, this iconic Australian image is rediscovered and brought into contemporary conscience. He sits as a curious sentinel, at odds with his present but acknowledging his history and looking to the future.

ABC TV documentary 2008 featuring Melbourne based sculptor William Eicholtz and his idiocyncratic works. Fast paced and amusing, follow the creation of a commissioned public sculpture and the wacky studio world he works in. This upload is purely for private viewing and not to be sold in any form. It is provided here free of charge. Broadcast quality version available from ABC TV Australia.

Will Coles

Silence/life is fleeting/numb/alone
installation:fibre glass, resin, iron powder, ciment fondue, Undercliff winery 2008
TV Price: various from $650 - $950

Remotes: $50 each

Will’s sculptures have always been prompting questions rather than pretty lumps to gaze at. The conceptual works are poems, a word or two on the screen and the rest represented in the form, the material, the connotations or replications. Sometimes a sculpture might just be the physical manifestation of a random thought. He uses televisions as a way of connecting with the viewer, something immediately recognisable, and something we’re used to receiving information from - right or wrong. The televisions are concrete for the texture, and the porous aging quality of the material as well as to represent something man-made & mass produced.

Steven Deronne

Au Commencement

steel - 2000mm dia Wollombi Wines, 2008
Price: $4,500

Centered on the themes emanating from our universe - the planets, the stars, the Big Bang and metaphysics, the work of Steven Deronne takes in the beauty and immensity of the cosmos. Steven aims to provoke thought about slowing our hectic ways of life, learning to do a bit more star gazing and appreciate and look after the universe we exist in. He is inspired by the ideas of Malevich, Mondrian, Kandinsky and Rothko. He works predominatley in steel. Born and bred in a blustery fishing village in Brittany, France, Steven began his art career studying Fine Arts at Ecole des Beaux Arts in Rennes, France. In 2000, after travelling broadly, he settled in Australia, resuming his studies and graduated with an Advanced Diploma of Fine Arts - TAFE Sydney Gallery School. Steven currently works from his studio in East Gresford, in the upper Hunter Valley.

Kerry Cannon

bronze, stainless steel, patinated concrete, paint 500 x 450 x 630mm
Millbrook Estate, 2008

Price: $6,500

Kerry’s first artworks were comics and the comic influence is still strong in his work. His art practice comprises of two major strands - a series of bronzes taken from an archive of ideas he formulated 8 years ago and the development of his Ceramic Break Sculpture Park opened in rural NSW in 2003.
Kerry came to Australia in 1995 with the strong commitment to sink or swim embarking on a career as a full time artist. “...the Park is a conduit to voice my outrage about the world today and to laugh. Out in the bush, I play the dual role of educator and artist to the locals that drop in. I love the bush.”

John Clegg

carved dead black wattle tree 4000 x 500 x 500mm
Stonehurst Cedar Creek, 2008

Price: $3,500

John has attempted to carve a more formal geometric puzzle piece from an idea derived from off-cuts of last year’s sculpture, but the tree imposed a helical growing structure and co-users of the wood introduced an engineering challenge. The choices were to give up, start again, or change the design. He chose the latter and it’s wood carved, becoming more organic and bone-like growing in spring.

Janik Bouchette

Jeux D’interieur
found mild steel - 1900 x 2100 x 1500mm
, Undercliff winery, 2008

Price: $29,000

Bringing together elements of opposite energetic value, this work unfolds with conflicting dynamism to reveal unexpected movements, directions and emotions; exploring the incompatibles to expose their interdependences and closeness.
Janik completed his Bachelor of Fine Art at the National Art School in Sydney in 2001. He is represented by Defiance Gallery and has exhibited in numerous group shows including Sculpture by the Sea and Sculpture in the Vineyards. He was shown as a finalist in the UWS Acquisitive Award in 2004 & 2006.

Barbara Campbell Allen

One Dream Too Many
33 stoneware spires, height variable to 90cm

Wollombi Wines, 2008
Price: $6,000

Barbara Campbell-Allen is a ceramic artist working in the subtle world of long wood fired ceramics. Originally trained at the National Art School in Sydney and later at the Gippsland Centre for Design and Art, Barbara holds a Masters of Arts (Visual Arts). Barbara’s work is widely exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions, and is published in the leading ceramics journals of Australia and America.

Skimmers 1 & 2
wood fired ceramic, 480 x 460 x 160 mm

Stonehurst Cedar Creek, 2008

$900 each

Belinda Clarke


copper shim, high density foam (2) - 2500 x 860 x 300mm & 1500 x 600 x 300mm
Wollombi Wines, 2008

Price: $1800

Belinda completed a degree in Visual Art at Sydney College of the Arts in 1987 and went to attend NIDA graduating in 1994. She has worked as sculptor for the film and theatre industry for the last 14 years.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Janet Coyne

render, steel 2100 x 1000 x 700mm

Stonehurst Cedar Creek, 2008

Price: $5265

Inspired by a piece of coral, the twisting upward movement combined with the spreading fingers of new growth suggests a contradictory blending of fragility and strength. The promise of life, growing, striving and building ever upwards; yet maintaining the delicate balance of opposites. Nature has so much to teach if we are willing to learn.

The Dance

winterstone - 1000 x 210 x 150mm
Millbrook Estate, 2008

Price: $1750

In 1999 Janet joined the Tom Bass Sculpture Studio School, where she learnt sculpture in the tradition of the studio/school, using traditional modelling and carving methods. In 2004 she became a part-time teacher at the school and has continued to teach from her home studio in Sun Valley in the lower Blue Mountains.

Melissa Dax

Where They Fell
round aluminium extrusion, baked enamel paint 21 x 6000mm
Stonehurst Cedar Creek - 2008

Price: $9,500

Where They Fell is reminiscent of the children’s game Mikado or Pick up Sticks but rather than being just a child’s game it is striving to represent the larger game of life. It depicts the potential randomness of one’s direction in life and the potential chaos that can ensue based on one’s choices and also from external events that are out of one’s control. Just as each person is responsible for themselves, so too are they effected by shifts and movements around them. The piece offers a chaotic snapshot of one possibility which remains on the brink of change.

Nicole Allen

Boxed in
steel and marble,
2600 x 600 x 600mm
Stonehurst Cedar Creek 2008
Price; $3,900

Having worked in Africa for one and a half years and more recently spending three years sculpting in Vietnam, Nicole’s heavily abstracted stone carvings reflect her deep love of primitive and native art, is an unabashed, raw and direct style. This powerful primitive tribal presence, imbuing her unique style, is the unmistakable legacy of her rigorous artistic apprenticeship in Zimbabwe. Nicole now lives in Melbourne and she is once again enjoying exhibiting all around Australia.

Paul Dimmer

Antipodean Venus
d steel, 600 x 1900 x 600mm
Millbrook Estate 2008
Price: $6,000

Inspired by the well known Paleolithic figurine, the Venus de Willendorf, discovered in the early 1900’s and carbon dated as 28,000 years old. Paul’s work combines the formalism of the reproductive rites symbolised by this icon with the casual pose of sensuality. Uniting the sacred with the profane, it is both ritualistic and playful, injecting a contemporary sensibility into an historical artifact and the associated cultural meanings surrounding fertility.

Alternative views of Antipodean Venus, first shown at Sculpture by the Lake, Murrays Beach NSW 2008

The Copper's Wife and The Dancing Policeman
copper, brass, mild steel 1250 x 500 x 500mm and 1000 x 260 x 260mm
Wollombi Wines 2008

As a full time artist, Paul Dimmer has exhibited in galleries on the south coast, Bungendore, Canberra, Hunter Valley, in Sculptors Society exhibitions, and various Art competitions. Over the last ten years, he has experimented with new materials, giving greater attention to larger outdoor sculptures. His focus has been in the creation of unique one-off works with a quirky or humorous aspect, and recently has been concerned with pieces of a more abstract quality.

Sally Aplin

Swing Sacks - concrete, oxide, synthetic fibre - 230 x 150 x 120mm
Wollombi Wines 2008

Price: $2,500 or $200 each

Despite having a recognizable form, the sacks are not functional. They are made of concrete resulting in full, heavy objects weighing more than 3 kilos each. They speak about containment and safe storage, out of reach to animals. Placed high above our heads, the solid sack-bag forms are out of context within the landscape colourings with their bright, blocks of colour and vivid handles. Swinging from steel shackles and wires they bring to mind the movement of bags loaded with cargo.

Sally trained as a sculptor and taught in Bristol, gaining her Masters degree in Fine Art at Cardiff. She works in a wide variety of materials - concrete, wax, textiles, plaster and plastic, etc. continuing her use of vitreous enamel on copper to make enamelled bags. Sally has exhibited in Europe, USA and Australia and was a prize winner at a national open sculpture exhibition in Bristol. In 2001 she relocated to Sydney.

Don Barnett

hebel, 700 x 400 x 400mm - Undercliff Winery 2008

Price: $2,500

Don is a retired architect who took up sculpture in 1997, attending classes by Willi Haas at Tracks Studio Islington. He is a member of the Sculptuors Network and the NSW Sculptors Society. Don started with small abstract pieces in South Australian soapstone and timber and is now creating larger works in plaster, acrylic polymer and hebel block. He works from his studio/shed overlooking the bushland behind his Kotara home. Don has exhibited his work with the Sculptors Network and at the Hunter Botanic Gardens.

Cathie Alexander

Whales Eye
stainless steel welded rod - 1720 x 770mm dia - Millbrook Estate 2008

Cathie’s sculptural practice is influenced by the modern dynamism of contemporary sculptors, Alexander Calder, Bert Flugelman and the late Bronwyn Oliver. She strives for balance, spontaneity, and honesty, tapping into a flow from the creative subconscious. Whales Eye explores the spiritual and sensual experience of swimming in the ocean; as the water passes through our skin and we become one with the environment. These sheer ethereal forms are Cathie’s representation of the human fascination with the whale, its all seeing eye watching us consume, kill, remove, eradicate and waste as it cries for a species lost.

Cathie graduated from the National Art School in 2006 with a Bachelor of Fine Art - majoring in Sculpture.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Lyrebird Blues Band at the Wollombi Tavern

Sculpture in the Vineyards official opens at 4pm on Saturday 18th October at the old Wollombi Dance Hall.

We've got a few ideas to spice up the evening working around the usual exhibition opening format. One such includes a blending fashion, sculpture and performance to bring you a parade with attitude. "TRANSIENCE: Metamorphosis/Regeneration - a neo-pagan celebration of the patterns and diversity in the natural world."

More on that program once it is confirmed.

Following the opening we're proud and pleased to bring you Lyrebird Blues in an after party of sinful sounds down at
the world famous Wollombi Tavern - home of Dr Jurd's Jungle Juice.

Lyrebird - not exactly a name evoking the dark and terrible imagery of the blues: pacts with the devil, graveyards and chimneys of human skulls, Cobra-snake neck ties and deals struck in blood with mysterious strangers at midnight crossroads.

Still consider the Lyre of Orpheus, used by the mythical poet and musician, practitioner of the dark arts
to charm wild beasts and coax the trees and rocks into dance. He descended into the underworld inspiring the cult of Dionysus, god of intoxication and lewd rituals. Is something dark is skulking behind the benign moniker Lyrebird Blues Band? See you at the Tavern to find out!!

Monday, May 26, 2008


Sculpture in the Vineyards has a new website as a link off the Wollombi Community site.

Still putting the pieces together over there but the 2008 application details are up to date and there is a pretty gallery of last years work...

That site has a link back to the blog so please travel between the two for the Offical and the NOT So Offical story as the event unfolds. Also a visit the blog for its great wealth of exhibition history.

You can also visit Wollombi.com and find out more about the local area - see what you are getting yourselves into when you visit!

Saturday, May 10, 2008


Playschool 416
pine & oil paint, approx 300 x 300 x 200cm
Millbrook Estate, 2007

Lucy Barker trained in Europe in traditional oil painting and has a degree in design. Barker now works largely with installation and sculpture and has developed a reputation for quirky, engaging works. Inspiration for much of her recent works is drawn from a deepening understanding that memories are building blocks forming the architecture of our lives. www.lucybarker.com.au

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Chris Retallick

Cultural Herd
plastic & foam
night photo: Lisa Hogben

Chris has a Bachelor of Visual Arts Education form UNSW and a background in prop and set building. His installation sees a herd of diverse cultures being shepherded across fields driven by machines. The herd may exceed thousands in number. They arrived at Undercliff pristine and white yet throughout the months of the exhibition with some interbreeding and exposure to different climes they became a mottled bunch of individuals. Quite poetic!

Alison Clouston & Boyd

Body of Water
polypipe + fittings, rubber, wood, hydrophones, headphones, batteries + cable approx 20m x 20m

Water moves through our bodies and the landscape in a network of creeks, veins, rivers, and arteries. "Body of Water" allows us to eavesdrop on the secret hydrology of the river as well as our own bodies which are at least 70% water.

Visitors were invited to try on the headphones provided at the coracles, or circular boats, drawn up on the creek bank at Undercliff winery, and listen through the hydrophone – a microphone under the water and then place the on-land hydrophone on their own belly and listen. The resulting soundscape contained the mysterious sounds and signs of life and health in body and water – the clicks and squeaks of turtles, tadpoles or freshwater invertebrates, and the strange and funny music of the human innards. The flotilla of small vessels carries the hydrophone out to the depths of the water: Like us, adrift, and vulnerable to the currents of change.

Alison and Boyd conducted a Greenhouse emissions audit on the presentation of "Body of Water" at Sculpture in the Vineyards in 2007, with the full report published in the exhibition catalogue as an integral part of the completed work. I have included as an example the ways in which they offset emissions for SinV and previous projects based on the results of the audit.

SinV Offset cost: A $100 donation to Get Up towards an advertising campaign urging people to consider the policy on climate change of candidates in the forthcoming federal election.

Offset cost for previous projects: For the construction of "World Tree" for Goulburn Regional Gallery showing $82.50 was paid to www.climatefriendly.com for an accredited green power project, in this case a Turkish wind farm. 20% of this money is used for administration. For the Sydney University showing we decided to donate $100 to the Alternative Energy Association International Projects Group to undertake a solar system upgrade for the Soibada Orphanage in East Timor. This upgrade will enable the orphanage to replace the use of diesel fuel power generation with solar. www.ata.org.au

Alison & Boyd web