Bronze Bust commission

A beautiful long term commission this year has been sculpting the delightful Laurie. Commissioned by his son in a lovely act of respect, Laurie was shy and bemused by the attention as he sat for me over 5 x 2 hour sessions but we had fun getting to know each other and enjoying the process. After I had sculpted Laurie in oil based clay, I then had the finished bust scanned and 3D printed by Sculpt Studios at a smaller size so we could take molds and make multiple bronze versions in two sizes. Thanks as always to Chalkos Art Foundry for the care and attention to bring this to fruition.

Projected sketches!

Over a week in July a selection of my brown paper portraits of ordinary humans were projected onto 143 Brisbane Street in Ipswich as part of the Spark Festival 2023. From Thursday 6 – Sunday 16 July 2023 d’Arcy Doyle Place was transformed into a visual spectacle that profiled local artists, architecture and the nooks and crannies of this popular Ipswich meeting place.

Projectionist James Muller from Earth Base Productions worked with all 10 artists including Jacob Sarra, Chenaya Bancroft-Davis, Donna Davis, Eulalia Martin, Kylie Stevens, Eva D San Miguel, Jason McNamara, Mieke Den Otter, Renee Yates and LeAnne Vincent to have their works projected onto the building.

It was a fun time to get out and see local artists works featured over the nights of the festival. Thanks to Ipswich Festivals and Ipswich City Council and the Spark Festival.

drone footage courtesy of Earth Base Productions and featuring my own work plus Jacob Serra on St Paul’s Church and photographer Jason McNamara

Bronze Trophies

This exciting commission was for the Brisbane Racing Club who wished to have a bronze thoroughbred racehorse head as a trophy for the Queensland Oaks Carnival Race, the richest race in the Brisbane Racing calender. I had no experience with racing or these sorts of horses, so I spent some time at the racetrack drawing and watching the horses in preparation for this sculptural challenge. A lot of the process pics in my sketchbook can be seen here at my virtual sketchbook project. If you click on the flashing white boxes you can see extra hidden audio visuals

Bronze Sculptures – public art

These bronze sculptures were commissioned by TLCC (The Landscape Company) for Brisbane City Council to be part of George Clayton Park at Manly. I made the orginal sculptures from oil based clay and then made molds which I gave to Chalkos Art Foundry to make wax positives and then convert to bronze for me. As the brief was for discovery elements of a very tactile kind, I had a lot of fun making very textured and touchable sea creatures to be mounted on rocks and totems. I look forward to visiting them installed and get some shots insitu.

Exciting new way to engage!

A virtual sketchbook!

People have been very kind, viewing my exhibition of 92 sketchbooks at Ipswich Art Gallery with much interest, and often wondering what is inside the other pages. We could only show one spread from each book of course, although we have videos playing in the gallery space showing me paging through half a dozen of the sketchbooks.

We thought it would be nice to make something more interactive and current. So this is a virtual sketchbook made up of my two sketchbooks that I am using right now. It shows what has been going on in the studio, in my life and in my head!

I wanted to make it honest, and real, so although it is not every page (that would be too long and boring!) we tried to show a good variety of what goes on in my practice. I worked with a videographer Tom Oliver, who followed me around the studio and home, a gig drawing at World Science Festival Brisbane and at the gallery, to offer extra hidden elements to the experience.

If you click on this link it will take you to the sketchbook and wherever you notice a white flashing box (it only flashes for a second!) you can click for more information.

This has been kindly supported by the Ipswich Art Gallery.

Photography/Video by Thomas Oliver

Copyright © deb mostert April 2023

Public art discovery elements!

Very happy with the way this little guy turned out…my bronze hermit crab soaking in a warm cup of tea, complete with sea shell biscuits.

A lovely surprise for children to find visiting Paul Conti Park, Hemment as they weave their way thropugh a great new scooter track designed by Brisbane City Council and installed by Naturform Landscaping.

He is beautiful in bronze and will only get better with age as he is carressed by little hands.

Thanks to Chalkos Art Foundry for the casting

Summer Salon with Lorraine Pilgrim

I have new works, both painted and sculptural, in this exciting group show with Lorraine Pilgrim Gallery, Southport.

Exhibition runs until 27th February 2023 at 87 Ridgeway Avenue, Southport

call Lorraine 07 5532 7170 for sales enquiries

Here is always somewhere else #1 2022 cast silver, driftwood, wooden box

Public signage Archerfield Wetlands

In this project, I worked with the Brisbane Sustainability Agency to produce 30 gouache colour illustrations which became part of interpretive signage for the newly opened Archerfield Wetlands. This wetlands is part of the larger The Oxley Creek Transformation project. It is a lovely walk around the wetlands with so many birds to see. In a few hours walking the trail we saw nearly every bird that I had illustrated and a few extra.
photo credit Anne Reardon

group show postponed

I will have these works hanging as part of this group show

Waterbird Whistle Nest 2021
watercolour and gouache on watercolour ground on cradle
60 x 64 cm framed
Powerful Owl 2021 oil pencil and oil on monoprint
Powerful Owl juveniles 2021 oil pencil on monoprint on paper

The Powerful Owls have been nesting again down at our local creek. This threatened species are suffering due to habitat destruction and the loss of old growth trees for nesting hollows. A shy and secretive bird, they are the largest of Australia’s owls and the babies are simply gorgeous. I have been documenting their progress and was so pleased to see not one but two babies this year. These looser and more intuitive works have come since my time with my fellow artists on our art camp at Villa Rustica. There is always a lovely osmosis of ideas and ways of seeing that happen when artists work alongside each other.

Group show

Opening Saturday 17th April in conjunction with the new HOTA Gallery grand opening at Southport, Gold Coast.

These are some of the works I am offering to this dynamic group show.

Twelve Apostles
103 x 76 cm
watercolour and oil pencil on watercolour paper on timber cradle
Kingfisher as Object 2021 solid pewter and hardwood timber dimensions variable 18 cm high 1 of 6

Bronze Portrait commission

I had the lovely privilege to be commissioned to create a bronze bust of an older gentleman, a retired doctor on the Gold Coast. He sat for me for several 3 hour sittings and I worked up the sculpture in oil based clay.

The resultant portrait was then taken to Chalkos Fine Art Foundry and the long process of going to bronze. I was very happy with the results as were the clients.

Works selected for exhibitions

My artwork ‘Redemption Series Echidna’ was selected as a finalist in the 2020 John Villiers Outback Art Prize. The artwork will be exhibited in the finalist exhibition between the dates of 6th March to 8th May 2020 at the Outback Regional Gallery located within the Waltzing Matilda Centre, Winton. 

The gallery received a high number of entries from across Australia with 33 artists selected as finalists. Visiting guest judges were Henri Van Noordenberg and Lucy Culliton.

Sadly due to current circumstances this exhibition is closed.

Shark as Object was also selected as a finalist for the Muswellbrook Art Prize 2020.

This year they received 553 entries. After much deliberation by the selection panel 62 works were selected as finalists of the Prize. For the full list of finalists please visit the Muswellbrook Art Prize website.

This exhibition is also closed for now.

Australien Future opening night!

Thanks to all of the 200 people who attended opening night at Redland Art Gallery… it was very lovely to share that with you. The Shore Birds exhibition also looked wonderful  and it is a lovely accompaniment as we discuss the vulnerability of our migrating shorebirds as well as our shared migration stories.

Thanks to Louise Martin-Chew for opening with Professor Richard Fuller, School of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland.

Please click link to read Louise’s speech

Exhibition runs until 20th January 2019

closed Monday 24 December 2018 – Tuesday 1 January 2019

Gallery hours Mon – Fri 9 am – 4 pm  Sundays 9am – 2 pm  closed Saturdays