01 Oct Artists Profiles – Sculpture Symposium at Sulphur Lake
Trevor has been sculpting full time since 2003. He is of New Zealand Maori and European descent, and is strongly influenced by his dual heritage and impact of both cultures in contemporary New Zealand. Participating in country wide symposiums and previously organising the Rotorua event, he won the 2016 Rotorua Sculpture Symposium with his piece “Synergy.” He has exhibited throughout the North Island, completing a solo exhibition called “Two Views” in 2012 at the Elim Gallery, and has permanent sculptures within Rotorua CBD. In December 2013, he opened Trevor Nathan Sculpture Gardens and Gallery which is now his main focus.
Thirty years farming in North Hokianga has given Trisha the practical skills needed for sculpture. And now that her three sons are grown and the farm sold she has the time to devote to her art. Trisha enjoys working in many mediums from hard stone to wood and soft stone, Darjit and ferro cement. After two years of study with the Learning Connexion she has successfully taken part in sculpture symposiums in Whangarei, Matamata and Auckland. She likes doing a variety of work, being versatile. But whatever it is, she believes art has to improve your day either through its boldness of its form or the inspiration of its subject.
Oriah Rapley is a full time practising artist based in Taranaki. Rapley has pieces in national and International collections and her work has been in selected exhibitions including Homework exhibition at Puke Ariki, NZ sculpture onshore and Sculpture on the Peninsula. She has attended many symposiums around New Zealand including Te Kupenga international symposium.
Her work is in constant refinement towards the purity of form, and acknowledges freedom of choice and embodiment. Using symbols such as the feather, waka and bird to provide subtle layers interwoven around movement / growth, exploration / expansion, freedom / expression, empowerment / transformation.
Anna Korver is an established New Zealand artist based in Taranaki. She finished her BFA in sculpture from the University of Canterbury in 2003 and has been working and exhibiting nationally and internationally since then. Korver has been a finalist in the Wallace awards twice, has attended over 50 national and international symposiums, was previously the co-owner of The Korver Molloy Gallery and Sculpture Park for 4 years, a trustee on the board of Eco Artists New Zealand for 10 years and an executive member of Te Kupenga stone sculpture society and selector for the 2018 international symposium.
Jocelyn Pratt is an established New Zealand sculptor presenting stylish simplicity in her works. She favors working with local resources, exploring and enhancing the natural qualities of stone with polish and texture techniques.
Creating tactile gentle restful forms celebrating the natural solidity and strength of stone. Her works are evocative of her surrounding environment, nature and culture.
Participating in over 80 symposia and in numerous exhibitions Jocelyn’s sculptures are held in public and private collections throughout New Zealand and Internationally including Lithuania France, Australia, USA, Vietnam, Romania, Netherlands, Argentina, Belgium, Greece and China
Working Studio Tapu Thames Coast
With no previous formal art training, Claire began learning stone carving at Te Kupenga Stone Sculpture Society New Plymouth roughly ten years ago with andesite boulders. Her approach is to explore the individual piece of raw natural material, to respect and feature it’s natural characteristics and proportions, rather than seeing it purely as a medium for her own ideas. Two distinct styles have evolved, either heavily geometric or curvaceous. By attending over a dozen symposia around the country and exhibiting in sculpture parks and exhibitions such as NZ Sculpture Onshore and Shapeshifter at The Dowse, throughout the North Island, Claire is gaining a widening experience and reputation.
Bodhi John Vincent
Christchurch born Bodhi has been a professional artist for as long as he can remember. He has had exhibitions both overseas and throughout the country in New Zealand, attending three to six sculpture events per annum for the past twenty years. He attended design school in Wellington at the start of his career and elements of design do come into his work, however Bodhi’s style echoes more a classical training in the Fine Arts. Having lived in Raumati South for over twenty years, he has a significant relationship with nature, and his work has an organic quality often involving sinuous lines and curvaceous forms.
Natanahira Te Pona
Born and bred in Turangi, all Natanahira wanted to do when he was young was to join the armoured division in Waiouru. The idea of being a tank driver was a passion for him but took up the second, safer option of art. Natanahira attended the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute in Rotorua where his career as an artist blossomed and he has been sculpting for over thirty years. He has taken part in numerous sculpture symposiums in the Bay of Plenty and Waikato over the past four years, including the 2014 Rotorua Symposium, and also travelled to Nepal in 2016 to represent Aotearoa.
Thomas has been a sculptor for 25 years. He always was interested in carving, and so he undertook an apprenticeship to become a sculptor in Switzerland. He is self-employed as a sculptorand takes part in several symposia each year to meet new people and learn new techniques. He works and takes part in symposia all over the world. When he is not at a symposium, he works in his atelier in Switzerland, where he creates an exhibition every year. He worked in New Zealand some years ago and looks forward to returning.
Steve Molloy is a multi award winning New Zealand artist and photographer and is the owner and director of the Molloy Gallery in New Plymouth. He works predominantly in object and installation sculpture, photography and painting, exhibiting in galleries as well as attending symposiums nationally and internationally. His photography has been shown in magazines, news papers, commercial business, galleries and exhibitions throughout the world and his monumental sculpture in public places both here and overseas. Molloy’s work is uniquely defined by his process of incorporating the use of fragmentation, movement, miniaturization, space and illusion as a tool to view normal scenes and objects in an abstract way.
Having completed a two year Craft Design Maori Certificate at Waiariki Polytechnic in Rotorua, Jamie gained design and practical skill which have held him in good stead over the years. He then went traveling for a couple of years before completing a Fine Arts Degree in Whanganui, majoring in sculpture and setting up his business, Jamie Pickernell Art Furniture. Moving back to Rotorua twenty years ago, he set up rurally with his home and workshop, and makes his living through outdoor sculpture exhibitions and commissions for sculpture, furniture and architectural hardware.
Simone is a Swiss sculptor living and creating in New Zealand since 2009. She first came in contact with hard stone at the ‘Scuola di Scultura di Peccia’ (the Peccia Sculpture School) in Switzerland in 2002. She chooses to create in an abstract and minimalist style allowing the viewer to connect with her forms in their own way. Her art is a reflection of her passion for nature and her aim is to create sculptures which will stir the viewers soul, and entice to touch. Simone has been exhibiting her work in NZ and Switzerland since 2002 and has participated in several Symposia throughout NZ.
Rory was raised in the Highlands of Scotland, in an area full of Pictish-Celtic stonework and archaeology. His schoolbook doodles attracted the attentions of his art teacher and he was introduced to the book “Celtic Art – Methods of Construction” by George Bain. Coincidentally My Bain had taught at his school fifty years previously and was a revivalist and promoter of the Celtic Arts. He studied metal craft and stone masonry in Germany prior to settling in New Zealand and now lives on the West Coast in Hokitika. His fascination with Celtic art and its iconography continues to influence his work. He has exhibited extensively and has several public art objects around New Zealand.
Amin Balaghi was born in Shiraz, Iran in December 1979. He completed his Bachelor of Sculpture in 2006. Due to his passion in digital art and computer graphics and because of Iran’s technological limitations, he decided to build his own customized 3D printer. Designing and assembling a huge printer for his projects seven years ago enabled him to become a master in Arduino language and combine technology with sculpturing to enter the interactive art world. Another achievement of his has been to build a CNC machine with which he has built the biggest parametric sculpture in Iran.
Iwi Le Comte
Māori artist Iwi was born and raised in Rotorua. He is strongly influenced by the legacy of his ancestor’s craftmanship, contributing to his culture through his first written language, whakairo rakau (woodcarving). Iwi graduated with honors in 2008 from the New Zealand Māori Arts & Crafts Institute and his background in traditional carving is the cornerstone to all of his art work. Iwi started his own business creating customised art pieces for people all around the globe, and is currently exploring stone & bone. He represented New Zealand in the annual Worldwood Day event in China, L.A & Cambodia earlier this year.
Andrew studied at Ilam School of Fine Arts in Canterbury and has been sculpting in wood and stone for more than 30 years. Balancing full time work and his passion for expression has allowed him to look openly at all forms. His love of nature and all things universal offers no limits to what will be unveiled for his next masterpiece. Andrew has thoroughly enjoyed being part of symposiums across NZ including Golden Bay, Nelson and Tauranga. Exhibited widely, Andrew has been well received by the art fraternity including being awarded Sculptor of the Year by Trends Magazine.
Te Arawa carver, Peter Akurangi, works in a variety of wood, stone and bone to produce intricate and detailed carvings. Peter started his carving passion over 20 years ago while attending a carving course in Wellington. His mastery and passion for his art continues to grow. Many of his designs evolve from a traditional foundation, incorporating historical designs pertaining to the area . Native wood or Oamaru stone are his preferred materials.
Seyyed Yasser Hosseini
Born in Neyshabur, Iran, in 1981, Yasser Hosseini earned his BFA in sculpting from the Ferdowsi University of Mashhad in 2012. His interest in sculpting, drawing, and painting began in his early childhood for he grew up in a creative environment. He spent most of his time painting and sculpting in his father’s gallery that opened his eyes to the world of color, form, and harmony. Yasser believes sculpture is a purely visual medium that embraces the complexity of depth, though not only physically but emotionally as well and it is an exploration of intuition and dynamics.