WOOD SYMPOSIUM_2015 ARTISTS
Ian Bell has an engineering background but as a surfer, he draws most of the ideas for his work from the ocean. The forms of the natural world, such as the graceful dance of a manta ray, or the immense power of a whale’s tail slap, are his source of inspiration.
Ian has exhibited at the del Mano Gallery in Los Angeles, Riddoch Gallery in South Australia, and Bungendore Woodworks Gallery, among others. His work ‘Manta Bowl’ was presented by the Governor General of Australia to the King and Queen of Spain.
Rhonda Castle is a mixed media artist whose work integrates stainless steel, Corten, sandstone, acrylic, timber and found objects. She explores and experiments with the use of these materials and techniques to produce sculptures that aim to convey emotional energy through form. Her background in construction and graphic design lends itself to her expressive work.
Rhonda has exhibited widely, including Sculpture in the Vineyard, Hunters Hill Sculpture in the Harbour, and Sculpture on the Greens. She has been commissioned in the Resort Industry at Port Stephens and has won several awards, including the Acquisition Prize at Sculpture by the Bay.
Keith Chidzey is a sculptor and land artist who is driven and inspired by imaginative juices flowing from the beautiful creation of this world. This manifests in various forms, such as highlighting environmental responsibility, prophecy through art, and promoting social justice issues.
Keith has recently completed a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture, Performance and Installation, and his career highlights include exhibiting in the satellite eARTh Project, Sculpture by the Sea, Sculpture at Scenic World, Outback Art Prize and the Libris Awards. He particularly enjoys engaging in commissions to help realize others’ dreams and visions.
Simon Hearn is a Registered Practising Architect living in Katoomba, NSW. As an active member of the Blue Mountains Designers Group and Blue Mountains Artists Network, he has exhibited in a variety of community-based locations. His works have been seen in The 700 Show at Prahran Library Art Gallery, Winter Magic Artstreet, Waste to Art, and Monoprint at the Blue Mountains Civic Centre.
Ana Paula Luna lives and works in Guadalajara, Mexico. She started sculpting at the age of 16, and bases her work on inlaid materials, “as a way of inserting soul into the inanimate objects of everyday life”. She has also studied African traditional sculpture.
Ana has participated in symposiums and exhibitions in many countries, most recently the IV International Sculpture Symposium in Switzerland and the International Wax Sculpture Festival in Ubon, Thailand. She is Director of Culture Programs for Social Innovation at the University of Guadalajara.
John G Price is a retired rural contractor and grazier who was introduced to chainsaws by his father, Llewellyn Price, in the 1950s. He built many panels of timber fencing for the thoroughbred horse industry between 1970 and 2010, and a lot of fun was had along the way. In the mid-70s, John started wood-carving and today, all his sculpting and carving is completed using only a chainsaw. He has participated in a number of group exhibitions in the Central West such as Sculpture in the Garden and Sculpture on the Hill.
Henryk Topolnicki is a Polish-born Australian artist whose career as both a conceptual and commercial sculptor spans more than 20 years. He is currently one half of the creative studio Art Is An Option with partner Phillipa Johnson, located at Dargan in the Blue Mountains. Henryk works in multiple disciplines using steel, stone and wood, and is an expert welder and smithy. Always mindful of the inherent qualities of nature, his works often reflect his deep research into subject and materiality. He is widely exhibited and is represented by a number of exclusive Australian galleries, including Lost Bear Gallery.
Nardja Williams is a Central Coast-based sculptor who was inspired by the diversity of landscapes, flora and fauna in her travels around Australia. She has a BA in Creative Arts and a BA in Art Education.
After moving to the Yarramalong Valley, Nardja learned how to carve timber using a chainsaw, which opened up a whole new world for her. “Now when I look at pieces of timber,” she says, “I see the subtle beauty and its character is slowly revealed to me. This is what I try to highlight in the artwork that I make. I am influenced by nature and the environment I live in and my aim is to encourage people to see this beauty too.”