The Immaculate Concept of the Mind
Artist Creative Process
Started carving wood at age ten. Attended Queensland Art College (Griffith University) 1977-79 majoring in sculpture. Started carving stone 1978. First major commission (large abstract stone sculpture) for Brisbane Grammar School 1982. Elected President Society of Sculptors Queensland 1983-85. Initiated The First Australian Stone Sculpture Symposium, Brisbane 1984 (and 1985 and 1986). Commission for AMP 1986 (bronze and sandstone); The Southport School 1987 (sandstone); Besser 1988 (sandstone); World Expo 88 (reinforced plaster); Blackwater Miners' Memorial 1988 (bronze and granite); Peace Garden sculptures for John Paul College 1992 (sandstone); initiated major public sculpture project for Main Beach, Surfers Paradise 1992 (sandstone); initiated art-in-residency Macquarie University Sculpture Park 1993 (sandstone); commission Evandale Sculpture Walk 1993 (sandstone); selected to participate Hualien Stone Sculpture Symposium and Festival, Taiwan 1997 (marble and sandstone); invited to Guilin, China, sculpture symposium 1998 (granite); invited to Shenzhen, China, sculpture symposium 2001 (sand); invited to Shihmen Reservoir timber symposium, Taiwan, 2005; invited to Shanghai Sculpture Park Symposium 2011 (marble and granite); other sculpture symposiums include Warwick, Bribie Island, Beaudesert, Murray Bridge (S.A.), and Gold Coast. Exhibited widely since 1978 from Melbourne to Townsville. Works can be found in private, corporate and government collections in Australia and overseas. Established a sculpture garden at Cedar Creek (by appointment only). Other commissions include artworks for Queensland Rail; Queensland Water; R.S.L.; Townsville (Jezzine Barracks); Gold Coast libraries; Logan City; Lockyer Valley, Alpha and Lake Macquarie. Part-time sculpture instructor at various institutions and for workshops.
his sculpture explores the philosophy of the masculine (yang) and feminine (yin) principles as a creative force. It highlights the importance of a balanced mind and attitude (towards life). The yang energy is symbolised by strong angularity (created by a computerised wire-saw) while the yin energy is represented by soft organic forms. The public will see a large meditating head (emerging from the earth)with a fertilised egg where the third eye is located. This intriguing and narrative artwork acknowledges and pays homage to earth and spirit energies and the power of the mind where they meet. People are naturally drawn to touch the smooth surface of the egg, thereby, on a subconscious level, triggering their own creative potential. The public will also be curious by the strong contrast of the forms and recognise the respect for Nature which this piece embodies.
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Sculpture Photography: John Walters