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Gallery 8: Sculpture, Mythology in Life
I probably like painting more, but I think I am naturally better at sculpture.I would do a lot more except for the great cost of making  sculpture.

Most of these sculptures are available as variations at different sizes, in different media such as bronze, marble or Sandstone, or as affordable drawings, watercolors or signed digital prints. Please enquire via the Contact page to find out what is available.





 


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Bernie (Howdy Pardner)
Bronze (h)47cm x (w)36cm x (d)32cm
Public Collection: City of Sydney
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Bernie Houghton is most well known for starting the Bourbon, but he earned his place in Fitzroy Gardens because he helped so many people in need, especially childrens charities. Avoiding public recognition for his philanthropy during his lifetime, since his death it came to light that he had raised around eight million dollars for charity.

Bernie also helped many struggling people directly. Performer Carlotta was one of these when she first started working. Never forgetting his generosity, she started the fund raising for this sculpture portrait of Bernie.




Bernie (Howdy Pardner)
Bronze (h)47cm x (w)36cm x (d)32cm
Public Collection: City of Sydney
Bernie has become a 'lovers post' since his unveiling. The sculpture is designed to "float' just above the stone with a small gap between bronze and stone. Lovers are known to leave messages for each other under Bernie's portrait.

Bernie loved creating a place for lovers to meet at his Bourbon, he would have especially enjoyed the thought of this new role after death.




Bernie (Howdy Pardner)
Bronze (h)47cm x (w)36cm x (d)32cm
Public Collection: City of Sydney
The stone is from Mt White, named for the whiteness of its stone. I wanted the whitest possible sandstone, so the Quarrymen waited  several months until a particularly perfect seam of rock became exposed, and they gave me a call to come have a look. Sure enough the stone was exceptionally beautiful.

I cut it to just the right height so that the bronze stands at the same height as Bernie did in real life. It is also cut in a way reminiscent of the art deco buildings in the vicinity, and the prevalent style when Bernie was born.




Jock
Mixed Media (h)267cm x (w)183cm x (d)56cm 
By the big window in the studio, Jock hangs from the ceiling, looking out the window over William Street.




The Return of Ulysses
Mixed Media (h)175cm x (w)140cm x (d)53cm 
.One of several works that are partially painting, partially sculpture, this work hangs from the studio ceiling as if one was underwater and Ulysses is swimming into the painting mythology. Or is he trying to get out? No one can tell.




Loss of Innocence (The Circle)
Bronze (h)15cm x (w)32cm x (d)24cm 
The Loss of Innocence theme is derived from the symbolic loss of innocence embodied in the Biblical story of the Garden of Eden. In this case Eve is symbolically crawling around a mythological circle.




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