Monthly Archives: September 2017

Inverloch mermaid


Winged mermaid at the stern of the stone barge at Vizcaya Mansion. Photo by seekingmuse

Winged mermaid at the stern of the stone barge at Vizcaya Mansion.

Photo by seekingmuseI



Nouveau siren of Inverloch


I was randomly exploring the southern Victorian coastline with Google Earth and admiring the ariel sculptural patterns, which were displaying a tremendous array of textures and colours. Near Inverloch, which is a coastal town on the edge of Bass Strait facing Tasmania, I noticed what alluded to be a large figurative form of a mermaid near the shoreline, albeit with a Brancusi like reductionist form and cubist face, gracefully swimming out to sea from the channel of an inlet. It didn’t require much of a stretch of the imagination to see the impressionistic feminine siren and with some light and contrast enhancement and further editing she looked more real. (see below).
Around fourteen months later, I was intrigued to see that a cruise liner called ‘Norwegian Starhad mysteriously became stranded 20km south of Inverloch while on a cruise to New Zealand. After a few days trying to start the engines and get cruising again, and to the distress of its 3000 passengers, it had to be towed over 150 kms back to Melbourne for maintenance, before resuming its trip. According to the local Australian Indigenous women, this strip of  coastline  belongs to the mernaids.
At least the ‘Norwegian Star’ fared better than the fate of the ‘Amazon’, which in 1863, on its way to Mauritius, lost its sails in a wild gale and ended up shipwrecked on the beach at Inverloch near the now aptly named Wreck Creek. At low tides it can still be seen, embedded about 3 meters in the sand. Maybe that’s why the Inverloch siren has an Art Nouveau era coiffure, as that style was emerging around the latter half of the 19th century. Some local sailors avoid navigating this inlet as quite a few smaller boats have sunk there.


Inverloch-mermaid-capture from Google Earth @Veniceclayartists

Inverloch Mermaid (bottom right) from Google Earth

Bass Strait, Inverloch, Victoria

The white specks on the left are dwellings on the coastal fringe.



Inverloch-Mermaid-swimming in jade waters

Inverloch Sirene – see original at end of post



Norwegian Star cruise ship stranded in Inverloch

Norwegian Star cruise ship stranded at Inverloch in Feburary, 2017, currently sailing around the Mediterranean from Venice.




Mermaid art, sculpture and lore


Mermaid sculpture on pier --Mermaid Harbor Norfolk VA

Mermaid sculpture — Mermaid Harbor. Norfolk VA




Mermaids and tales from the ages


Seafarers of old feared mermaids because of their reputation for being able to enchant sailors and lure them into the water. The allure of a sirens voice made sailors steer off course.

In the book Physiologus, written in the Fifth Century AD in Greek by an unknown author, there is a portion dedicated to “The Nature of the Mermaid” which states:

This marvel dwells in an unstable place where the water subsides.
She sinks ships and causes suffering,
She sings sweetly —this siren—and has many voices,
Many and resonant, but they are very dangerous.
Sailors forget their steering because of her singing;
They slumber and sleep and wake too late,
And the ships sink in a whirlpool and cannot surface anymore.


Midsummer Night’s Mermaid Dream

William Shakespeare wrote Midsummer Night’s Dream between 1590 and 1594. In it, he writes:

“I sat upon a promontory,
And heard a mermaid on a dolphin’s back,
Uttering such dulcet and harmonious breath,
That the rude sea grew civil at her song;
And certain stars shot madly from their spheres
To hear the sea-maid’s music.”



Mermaid sculpture with mosaic background at bar at Caesar’s Palace Hotel

White mermaid sculpture with mosaic background adorning the bar at Caesar’s Palace Hotel

Las Vegas



Coastal Mermaid sculpture near the promenade of the town of La Coruña in Spain's Galicia region

Mermaid sculpture near the promenade of the town of La Coruña in Spain’s Galicia region

Photo – Eric Nathan –  Alamy

In 1493, Christopher Columbus wrote in the ships journal that he spotted three mermaids rising high from the sea. The infamous English pirate Blackbeard (Edward Teach) reported seeing mermaids while sailing. Bartholomew Angelicus, in De Propietatibus Rerum, written in the 13th Century described a mermaid, and told of her stealing sailors from their ships.



Waylande Gregory Large Art Deco-Phoenician Style Melusine Ceramic Vase

Waylande Gregory Large Art Deco-Phoenician Style Melusine Vase




'Atargatis'-by-Virginia-Lee mermaid blue aura

‘Atargatis’ by Virginia Lee.


Atargatis was a Syrian Goddess of fertility, love, motherhood, and the sea and sky. She was sometimes depicted as a mermaid. The first appearance of mermaids in human culture seems to have occurred about 1000 BC in Assyria (roughly equivalent to present-day Syria plus the northern area of Iraq). In the mythology of Assyria, the beautiful fertility goddess Atargatis, became a mermaid after casting herself into a lake.

Atargatis eventually became known to the Greeks as Aphrodite Derceto and incorporated into Greek mythology. Greek mythology then expanded on the concept of mermaids, including in part the Nereids, the Tritons, the Sirens and Thessalonike (sister of Alexander the Great)




Mermaid-Sculpture-Klaipeda, Lithuania on Baltic Sea

Baltic Sea mermaid sculpture – Klaipeda, Lithuania



Ian Thomas antique mermaid statue on Lord Street in Southport England

Ian Thomas antique mermaid statue on Lord Street in Southport, England



Arun-SankarThe Jalakanyaka Mermaid statue in Thiruvananthapuram, India

The ‘Jalakanyaka Mermaid’ statue by Arun Sankar

Thiruvananthapuram, India



Antique Italian Cantagalli Maiolica Pottery Vase - Snake Handles - Mermaids

Italian Cantagalli Maiolica Pottery Vase – Snake Handles – Mermaids



Lola the mosaic mermaid on Mermaid Parade Norfolk Virginia

‘Lola the mosaic mermaid’ on Mermaid Parade, Norfolk, Virginia



Nabeul mermaid sculpture at the seaside

Nabeul mermaid sculpture at the seaside, Tunisia



Mermaid Inspirational Wall Sculpture by Fae Factory Artist-Dr Franky Dolan-(clay relief canvas painting-Mixed-Media)

Mermaid Inspirational Wall Sculpture by Fae Factory Artist-Dr Franky Dolan-(clay relief canvas painting-Mixed Media)



Thai mermaid art painting

Thai mermaid with lotus flowers art painting



Lusignan_Relief of The Château de Lusignan

Melusine relief – The Château de Lusignan



Figural Zinc mermaid holding child Fountain

Figural Zinc mermaid fountain – the water spouts from the merboy holding a conch shell




Art Nouveau Porcelain and bronze mermaid pitcher with floral decoration

Art Nouveau Porcelain and bronze mermaid pitcher


Maui-Mermaid wood carved sculpture with baby turtles


Maui Mermaid wood carved sculpture – Dale Zarella




Jean Mayodon ceramic mermaid and merman sculpture

Jean Mayodon ceramic mermaid and merman sculpture

Lebreton Gallery San Francisco



Mermaid sculpture at the Blue Mermaid

Forlorn looking mermaid sculpture at the Blue Mermaid

San Francisco


Tri footed mermaid cup_---Irina Zaytceva

Mermaid cup — Irina Zaytceva



Rene Lalique statuette in 1920 Naïade (Large-Mermaid)

Rene Lalique frosted glass Naïade (Large-Mermaid) statuette, 1920

This was used for a car mascot in 1925



Jean-Pierre-Augier mermaid sculpture

Jean Pierre Augier conchshell mermaid



Leopold Park bathing Mermaid Statue.Photo © by Jan Poppe

Leopold Park Mermaid Statue.

Photo © by Jan Poppe



Seated mermaid-statue next to a lake - sculpture Madrid, Spain

Seated mermaid statue next to a lake

Madrid, Spain


'Guanabara Mitológica'-sculpture by Remo Bernucci with elevated ocean views

Mermaid ‘Guanabara Mitológica’  – sculpted by Remo Bernucci



The Littlest Mermaid Nina Winters-Sculptures

‘The Littlest Mermaid’  –  Nina Winters




Trafalgar Square mermaid statue

Created by William McMillan and Sir Charles Wheeler for the fountains designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens



Annabelle---Nathalie-Seguin-ceramic sculpture bronze colour naked female figure

‘Annabelle’ by Nathalie Seguin



High-Tide---John-Morris-Sculptures - chic mermaid

‘High Tide’ – John Morris Sculptures




Decorative Mermaid Sculpture Figurine by HS white with flesh tone and gold highlights

 Decorative Mermaid Sculpture  Figurine by HS



Art Nouveau Porcelain Mermaid and Dolphin Vase


Lifesize Mermaid Figurehead sculpture from bow of ship



lasirene_Marie Madeleine Gautier sculpture

‘La sirene’ – Marie Madeleine Gautier



Melusine mermaid vase by Rene Buthaud

Rene Buthaud Sirene melusine vase




Driftwood-female river Sculpture by Debra Bernier

Driftwood Sirene Sculpture by Debra Bernier



Water Woman-2017-Wangechi Mutu

‘Water Woman ‘ —  Wangechi Mutu

Gladstone Gallery NY -2017

Photo David Regen



Delphin-Massier-successfully-united-Art Nouveau forms-with-an-Islamic-influenced-glaze,

Delphin Massier Art Nouveau female figure vase with Islamic lustre glaze



Three Daydream-Island-mermaid-sculptures on the waters edge by David Joffe

Daydream Island mermaid sculptures by David Joffe



Art Nouveau figural table lamp with two mermaids and green glass lamp shade, c1900

Art Nouveau figural table lamp with two mermaids,




Belle Epoque Carved Agate Pearl Gold 'Naiad and Sturgeons' Jewelled brooch

Belle Epoque brooch – Carved Agate, Pearl, Gold ‘Naiad and Sturgeons’




Light green coloured Bronze mermaid fountain, University of Birmingham, England

 Bronze mermaid fountain, University of Birmingham, England




Bronze seated mermaid-fountain in a garden pond

Bronze seated mermaid fountain in garden pool



Art Nouveau candle holder


Art Nouveau mermaid candle holder




Cast-Bronze-Mermaid-Door-Pull by Vadim Androusov

Cast Bronze Mermaid Door Pull by Vadim Androusov 40’s




Arnold Bocklin.-1879 woman at an ocean cliff face

‘Ocean Breakers (The Sound)’ – Swiss symbolist painter Arnold Bocklin.




Mermaid Riding Seahorse Sculpture by Sergio Bustamante

Mermaid Riding Seahorse Sculpture by Sergio Bustamante



Mermaid sculptural Shaped Solid Patinated Bronze Sconce, France, 1950s

Mermaid Shaped Solid Patinated Bronze Sconce, France, 1950’s

Ist dibs



Jean-Mayodon-jade green ceramic Mermaid sculpture

Jean Mayodon



Mermaid with Trident Dish Nyland Gunnar 1944

Mermaid with Trident Dish Nyland Gunnar



Terracotta Mexican Mermaid Sirena by Teyacapan,-via Flickr

Terracotta Mexican Mermaid Sirena

photo by Teyacapan, via Flickr




Mid-Century Modern Rene Buthaud French Ceramic Glazed Vase - BERTIL BERNHARDT-Miami

Mid-Century Modern Rene Buthaud French Ceramic Glazed Vase




Minton-Majolica-putti-&-mermaid-merman-figural pitcher

Minton Majolica putti, mermaid-merman pitcher



Porcelain Mermaid Vase

White porcelain Mermaid Vase





Art Nouveau bronze mermaid glass goblet



Thailand outdoor-mermaid-sculpture, Chang-Mai

Thailand outdoor mermaid sculpture with creepers, Chang Mai




Turquoise Royal-Dalton-Hand-Painted-Mermaid-Vase with gold twin handles

Royal Dalton Hand painted mermaid vase



white mermaid on rock sculpture

Large white mermaid statue

Philosophy Antiques and Design, Laguna Beach




Puerto Vallarta mermaid sculptures

Puerto Vallarta —  Mermaid and Merman statues



Sergio Bustamante mermaid sculpture

Sergio Bustamante siren sculpture





Mermaid Vase Modern Pottery — Jonathan Adler


Mermaid sculptures, Nabeul, Tunsia




Vintage Royal Haeger Mermaid Planter

14 inches tall



Warszawska-Syrenka-sculpture - siren with a shield and sword

Warszawska Syrenka sculpture, Poland




Bronze mermaid statue sculpture at seaside

Hebei, China D&Z Sculpture



medieval,-Mermaid,ceramic plate -1475-1500,-The-Victoria-and-Albert-Museum

Medieval Mermaid plate,  1475 –  1500,

The Victoria and Albert Museum


Inverloch swimming mermaid - Veniceclayartists

Original Google Earth image – click to expand






SOFA – Sculptural Objects, Functional Art and design



Chicago art fair SOFA


Founded in 1994, SOFA CHICAGO (Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design) is Chicago’s longest continuously running art fair and the world’s foremost fair displaying masterworks of contemporary art and design in all media. It is dedicated to bringing together the spheres of design, decorative arts, and fine arts. Artists, collectors and designer workshops, demonstrations and lectures are also featured.

The SOFA Chicago art fair attracts collectors, art patrons, curatorial staff and art historians who attend to admire the unique works of art and mingle with galleries and artists. In all, around 37,000 people attended the Fair in 2016, presented by more than 70 established and emerging galleries from across the globe. On display were the very best in ceramics, wood, glass, fibre, studio jewelry, metal, painting, sculpture, photography and works on paper.

The premier showcase event has its 23rd exhibition of decorative and functional artistic pieces coming up on NOV 2-5, 2017 at Navy Pier.





‘Seaforms’ – 2013 – Michael Behrens

Habatat Galleries




‘Pasha’ – Jan Huling  —  Duane Reed Gallery

SOFA 2013




Vivian Beer – Bridge Bench steel, patina and ferrocement (concrete)

Wexler Gallery


Peaceful-Morning-stoneware Miyashita-Zenji,-2009

‘Peaceful Morning’ by Miyashita Zenji

Stoneware and applied layers of colored clay..

Joan B Mirviss




Erskine Hall Coe-Shozo_Michikawa-Natural-Ash-twisted-vase

Shozo Michikawa – Natural ash twisted vase

Erskine Hall Coe, London



Sally-Rogers-Cradle---Represented-by-Thomas-R-Riley Galleries

Sally Rogers – ‘Cradle’

Thomas R Riley Galleries




Daedalus----steel and marble - Sally-Rogers---Riley-Galleries

‘Daedalus’—-steel and marble – Sally Rogers

Riley Galleries




SOFA-Chicago--Jan-Huling beaded head sculpture

Jan Huling beaded head

SOFA Chicago



Ceramic 'Architectural Volume (Blue) 1', 2011 -Bodil Manz

‘Architectural Volume (Blue) 1’, 2011 -Bodil Manz





SOFA Chicago, 2010




SOFA Chicago glass vessels



Allison Mercer--sculpture-Maria Elena Kravetz Galeria

Allison Mercer sculpture

SOFA – Maria Elena Kravetz Galeria



Katherine Glenday_Vessel-243

Katherine Glenday – Vessel 243

SOFA – Amaridian Gallery, NY


Andy-Nasisse-TeaBowl koala bear inspired

Andy Nasisse ceramic ‘Tea Bowl’ ( koala bear inspired?)

Sherrie Gallerie



Ani-Kasten ceramic vessel with horizontal ribbing

Ani Kasten



Bart-Johnson-ceramic-vessel--Eight-Modern Hand drawn face motifs

Bart Johnson ceramic vessel

Eight Modern



Benjamin-Sewell,-black and white striped vessel-David-Richard-Contemporary

Benjamin Sewell – ovoid striped glass vessel

David Richard Contemporary





Black and red urn pair – Peter Pincus

Wexler Gallery, SOFA 2016



Les-Namingha ceramic pots

Les Namingha – SOFA, Chicago

  Blue Rain Gallery / Santa Fe New Mexico




Bruce-R.-Macdonald wall art panel

Bruce R. Macdonald wall art panel



Calvin Ma - 'Let It Go' sculpture


Calvin Ma – ‘Let It Go’

“I utilize the action figure form in my sculptural work to explore personal issues and struggles with social anxiety.”

Abmeyer-+-Wood Fine Art—2014



Chris-Antemann-porcelain-sculpture naked couple having tea

Chris Antemann porcelain sculpture



Chris-Gustin ceramic-vase - wavy form

Chris Gustin ceramic vase, SOFA Chicago



Clare-Beck-ceramic vessels at-Adrian-Sassoon

Clare Beck curation for Adrian Sassoon




Lino Tagliapietr — ‘Strombol’

sofaexpo 2009



Colin Schleeh wood sculpture vessel_WilliamZimmerGallery

Colin Schleeh wood sculpture vessel

William Zimmer Gallery




Mikyoung-Jung-blue sculpture-vessel

Mikyoung Jung sculpture vessel



Cristina-Cordova-La-Conquista'-wall sculpture Ann-Nathan-Gallery

Cristina Cordova – ‘La Conquista’ wall sculpture

Ann Nathan Gallery



David-Regan-ceramic-sculpture 3 bicycle riders

David Regan

SOFA Chicago 2010, Barry Friedman



Devyn-Baron-ceramic-sculpture heads

Devyn Baron-Griley

Morgan Glass Gallery



Diego-Romero-ceramic-head sculpture in black-white and gold

Diego Romero ceramic sculpture, SOFA



Donna-Schneier-Fine-Art---Lino-Tagliapietra galss sculpture

Lino Tagliapietra

SOFA Chicago – Donna Schneier Fine Art




Don Reitz ceramic sculpture bowl

SOFA NY 2009, Lacoste Gallery



SOFA Chicago figure-sculpture




Sofa-Chicago-red glass-vessel

SOFA Chicago



Emil-Kazaz-sculpture female warrior

‘Judith’ – Emil Kazaz female warrior sculpture




George Rodriguez_Red Lion sculpture

George Rodriguez – ‘Lion’

Foster White Gallery – SOFA-Chicago 2015



Frank-Boyden-and-Tom-Coleman, ceramic jar

Frank Boyden and Tom Coleman vessel

Sherrie Gallery



Gareth-Mason-ceramic pot-Mindy-Solomon-gallery

Gareth Mason ceramic vase

SOFA – Mindy Solomon gallery



Henk Wolvers ceramic bowl -- Flow Gallery

Henk Wolvers ceramic bowl

SOFA Flow Gallery




Irina Zaytceva porcelain



Jason-Walker-'-Expecting'-ceramic penguin sculpture--Ferrin-Gallery

Jason Walker- ‘Expecting’ -ceramic penguin sculpture

Ferrin Gallery

Sofaexpo – Flickr



Maurine-Littleton-Gallery---Allegra-Marquart---Beaver-and-Turtle glass panel


Allegra Marquart — ‘Beaver and Turtle’ glass panel

Maurine Littleton Gallery




Jean-Nicolas-Gérard-ceramic-vase in mustard and brown

Jean Nicolas Gérard ceramic vase




Joey Watson zany ceramic sculpture

Joey Watson — 2016 SOFA Chicago



Kang Hyo Lee-ceramic vase Mindy Solomon Gallery

Kang Hyo Lee, South Korea

SOFA, Mindy Solomon Gallery




Keith Schneider, SOFA Chicago



Kirra-Galleries---Crystal-Stubbs-glass sculpture

Crystal Stubbs glass sculpture

SOFA, Kirra Galleries

Sofaexpo – Flickr




Kurt Weiser— ‘Princess’ ceramic bottle

SOFA, Ferrin Gallery




Kyohei Fujita Kazaribako Hand Blown Glass Box Casket




Lacoste-Gallery---Don-Reitz-wall panels

Ceramic wall panels – Don Reitz – 2011

Lacoste Gallery

Sofaexpo – Flickr




Lacoste Gallery—Ronnie Gould



Lindsay-Pichasek long horned animal sculpture

Lindsay Pichasek



Maria-Elena-Kravetz---Bob-Clyatt-three male sculpture figures

Bob Clyatt — “Three Standing Men”, 2012

Noborimia-fired porcelain on ceramic

Maria Elena Kravetz Gallerie




Michael-Eden contemporary ceramics

Michael Eden’s “Grey Bloom” recalls the forms of antique ceramics, but is made with 21st-century materials and processes.

SOFA – Clare Beck at Adrian Sassoon Gallery


Michael-Lucero-octo teapot

Michael Lucero

Donna Schneier Fin Art



Mindy Solomon Gallery-Ree_Soo_Jong ceramic vase

Ree Soo Jong ceramic calligraphy vase

Mindy Solomon Gallery -SOFA



 Jin_Morigami sculpture

 Jin Morigami –

TAI Gallery, SOFA Chicago 2012




Kim Myungjin



Jenny Pohlman & Sabrina Knowles — ‘The Linguist’ (Man as a Series), 2009

Duane Reed Gallery




Onishi Gallery_Tamagawa_Norio Flower Vase_No-425-2015-SOFA-Chicago

Norio Tamagawa Flower Vase No 425

2015 Onishi Gallery_SOFA Chicago




Donna Schneier Fine Arts---Viola Frey

Female figure sculpture — Viola Frey

Donna Schneier Fine Arts



Les-Namingha-ceramic pot--Blue-Rain-Gallery

Les Namingha ceramic seed pot

Blue Rain Gallery




Philip Moulthrop ceramic vessel - _Sarah Myerscough Fine Art-sofa-2012

Philip Moulthrop ceramic vessel

Sarah Myerscough Fine Art – SOFA 2012



Hand carved Queen Mothers Pipe,Bamun-Cameroon Douglas Dawso -Gallery,-Chicago-IL

Hand carved Queen Mothers Pipe, Bamun Cameroon

Douglas Dawson Gallery, SOFA Chicago



Irina-Zaytceva Red Admiral Butterfly Cup Jane Sauer Gallery

Irina Zaytceva ‘Red Admiral Butterfly Cup’

Jane Sauer Gallery, SOFA



Robert-Lugo-lidded ceramic jar-Wexler-Gallery

Robert Lugo lidded ceramic jar

Wexler Gallery




Sergei Isupov





Seth Rainville ceramic chair

Ferrin Gallery, SOFA


Intuit Show Opening Night---Tiffany Massey

SOFA Chicago Intuit Show Opening Night—Tiffany Massey



Seth Rainville ceramic teapot with face motifs

Seth Rainville ceramic teapot

Ferrin Gallery


KéKé-Cribbs---Scott-Jacobson-Gallery---Catalina -- glass sculpture boat

KéKé Cribbs — ‘Catalina’ glass sculpture -Scott Jacobson Gallery



Kirra-Galleries---Crystal-Stubbs turqupise and blue glas sculpture

Kirra Galleries — Crystal Stubbs





Sheryl Zacharia-abstract ceramic vessel

‘Rapture’—Sheryl Zacharia—Jane Sauer Gallery





Sheryl-Zacharia-Pinstriped ceramic sculpture vessel

Sheryl Zacharia ‘Pinstriped’



Shozo Michikawa---Koniki-Pot-2009---Gallerie Besson

Shozo Michikawa — Koniki Pot 2009

Gallerie Besson, SOFA



SOFA-Chicago ceramic-vessels

SOFA Chicago





Ypichi Ohira---Notturno con due Montagne Vase,

Ypichi Ohira—Notturno con due Montagne Vase

SOFA, Barry Friedman



SOFA Chicago ceramic sculpture

SOFA Chicago



SOFA-Chicago Sculptural objects, functional art and design

SOFA Chicago


Dorte-Visby ceramic raku vase

Dorte Visby raku vase

SOFA Chicago




Sculptural objects, functional art and design SOFA NY

SOFA, New York



Sue-Averell-and-Joseph-Woodford lidded ceramic vessel with blue face motif

Sue Averell and Joseph Woodford

Gallery Sausalito


Sunkoo-Yuh-ceramic-artist SOFA

Sunkoo Yuh ceramic sculpture



TammyGarcia-BlueRainGallery-salmon ceramic tile

Terry Garcia Wall panel

Blue Rain Gallery




Wayne Higby ‘Stone Gate’ 2007

SOFA Chicago  Photo Brian Oglesbee




Yamamura-Shinya-box Ippodo-Gallery

Yamamura Shinya

Ippodo Gallery, SOFA



Koji-Hatakeyama---Ippodo-Gallery-Eight-Faces - hexagonal vessel

Koji Hatakeyama  — ‘ Eight Faces’

Ippodo Gallery



Blue-Rain-Gallery---Tammy-Garcia-bronze-panel of a bear

Tammy Garcia  — bronze bear panel

Blue Rain Galler




Jan Hopkins -- Forbidden---Jane-Sauer-Gallery

Jan Hopkins — ‘Forbidden’

Jane Sauer Gallery




See more SOFA photos on Flickr






The Kangaroo Valley sculpture and arts biennial





‘Orb’ by David Ball

Photo – J Griffiths

Kangaroo Valley art festival May 2017


Since 2007, Arts in the Valley has attracted some of the finest musicians, artists and sculptors in Australia to Kangaroo Valley for concerts and festivals. Surrounded by sweeping views of the rugged escarpments, the location provides an impressive backdrop for the outdoor art works on display and is presented in a biennial format.
Kangaroo Valley is nestled between the neighboring regions of Shoalhaven and the Southern Highlands in New South Wales and is an idyllic and picturesque location, approximately 2 hours drive from both Sydney and Canberra. Here is a collection of sculptures featured at the Kangaroo Valley Arts Biennial.


Arts in the valley website



Illusion-by-Vikki-Holik-Blazley-2017 kangaroo Valley -photo by Sue-Agar

‘Illusion’ by Vikki Holik Blazley

Kangaroo Valley art festival 2017

Photo by Sue Agar



Michael-Purdy----Weave sculpture Kangaroo Valley

Michael Purdy — ‘Weave’ sandstone sculpture Kangaroo Valley




‘The-Hard-Yards’ by Michael Purdy -- Hardwood-timber-and-mild-steel sculpture

‘The Hard Yards’ by Michael Purdy

Hardwood timber and mild steel sculpture




2015_-Elle-Szpindler-wire-sculpture Awakening

‘Awakening’ – Elle Szpindler wire sculpture

Kangaroo Valley, 2015



Al-Phemister’s-Dandelion-series-2015 - Kangaroo Valley sculpture

Al Phemister’s ‘Dandelion’ series

2015 – Kangaroo Valley sculpture



2015 - Elle-Szpindler-wire-figure sculpture

Elle Szpindler? wire sculpture



Antonio Francisci bronze life size Girl with Golden Hair outdoor sculpture

Antonio Francisci bronze life size ‘Girl with Golden Hair’

Galeria Aniela, Kangaroo Valley



2015-The-Hillarys--Dora-Rognvaldsdottir chicken sculpture

‘The Hillarys’ — Dora Rognvaldsdottir




Lizard outdoor sculpture by Areneria

‘Lizard’ outdoor sculpture  –  Areneria




‘The Red Ball’ by Paul Dimmer

2007 – photo Gary Steer



Banksia-Women-by-Bronwyn-Berman-2013 outdoor hung sculpture

‘Banksia Women’ by Bronwyn Berman




Meditation figure sculpture by Ole Nielson

Ole Nielsen is an Australian sculptor, born in Denmark, who resides in the Kangaroo Valley



John-Rafter----automobile sculpture The-Volvo---2015

John Rafter—-automobile sculpture ‘The Volvo’




‘Crosswind’ – Greer Taylor



Arts-in-the-Valley-David-Hudson didgeridoo player

David Hudson didgeridoo



Sea creature sculpture

Arts In The Valley



Grand-Piano-by--Derek-Watt sculpture, Kangaroo Valley arts

‘Grand Piano’ by Derek Watt



Bronwyn-Berman--The-hive outdoor sculpture

Bronwyn Berman — ‘The Hive’

Dossier 48


Bronwyn-Bermann---Waterfall indoor sculpture

Bronwyn Bermann— ‘Waterfall’




Christopher-Hodges The Maid -- Kangaroo Valley sculpture

Christopher Hodges   ‘The Maid’

Dossier 48


Duet------Dora Rognvaldsdottir monumental steel sculpture

‘Duet’ — Dora Rognvaldsdottir



Metal elephant sculpture – Kangaroo Valley



Contemporary guitar player sculpture -- Galeria-Aniela-Sculpture-Park-NSW-Australia

Contemporary metal sculpture

Galeria Aniela, Kangaroo Valley



Feeding Kangaroo - photo by Adam Foster

Feeding Kangaroo – photo by Adam Foster


The kangaroo only moves forward, never backwards. The herbivorous Kangaroo was originally named the Kanguru by Captain Cook. They can move at speeds of 60km/hour and clear 25 feet in a leap up to heights of 10 feet. It moves instinctively and appears to be sure footed at high speeds and its totem symbolizes leaping into the unknown fearlessly. As a totem, the kangaroo teaches you how to balance the creative energies necessary to complete tasks, trust your instincts and gives you the strength, stamina and power needed.

Palawa kangaroo lore

One of the terms Tasmanian Aboriginal people used when referring to themselves was ‘Palawa’. This was the name of the ‘first man’, who was created from the kangaroo by a creation spirit. Palawa identity also has a supernatural origin, related to the powers of animals, plants, rivers, mountains, spirits and ancestors, which often merge into one another. Through kinship obligations, the kangaroo bound Aboriginal people to the land and gave them a mythical identity as descendants of a creation spirit. . Its ecological requirements motivated traditional fire-based land management practices, whereby Aborigines maintained the country so it was favourable to the kangaroo. The kangaroo featured in  tribal songs and dances and as the totems of individuals.*



Contemporary sculpture musicians Galeria-Aniela-Sculpture-Park

Contemporary sculpture musicians

Galeria Aniela, Kangaroo Valley



Growth-by-Thomas-Westre - Kangaroo Valley sculpture festival

‘Growth’ by Thomas Westre



Harp-quintet orchestra-Kangaroo-Valley

Harp quintet concert – Kangaroo Valley Art Festival




High-Flyer-by-Amanda-Harrison mother holding child sculpture

‘High Flyer’ by Amanda Harrison




Ulan Murray tree sculpture –  ‘Ultima stans’



‘Illusion’ by Vikki Holik Blazley



Bird sculpture - photo J Griffiths

White bird sculpture – photo J Griffiths




Contemporary sculpture – David Bell

Photo – Sue Williamson


Three white birds sculpture Meeting-by-Yamuna-Bruce---2015

‘Meeting’ by Yamuna Bruce




Metalicus-floribunda-Jen-Mallison black metal abstract sculpture

‘Metalicus floribunda’ – Jen Mallison



Miranda-Lean------La-Printemps-2015 nude female sculpture

Miranda Lean — La Printemps




 Elle-Szpindler wire sculpture

Elle Szpindler wire sculpture

photo Julijana Griffiths



Naked-Neptune copper sculpture-by-Andrew-Saunders

‘Naked Neptune’ by Andrew Saunders

Dossier 48



Nero-on-Edge-by-Malcolm-Utley black abstract sculpture

‘Nero on Edge’ by Malcolm Utley



Ole-Nielsen-meditation figure

Ole Nielsen meditation figure sculpture

Photo Sue Williamson



‘Paia’ – Senden Blackwood

 Kangaroo Valley


Torso-2-sculpture by-Paul-Dimmer at Kangaroo Valley

‘Torso 2’  by Paul Dimmer



Patricia-Lawrence’s-Conversation-2015 contemporary sculpture

Patricia Lawrence’s – ‘Conversation’





Paul Dimmer’s- ‘Dreamcatcher’



Phlyssa-Koshland--Skipping-Girl contemporary outdoor sculpture

Phlyssa Koshland — ‘Skipping Girl’



Sandstone Possum-sculpture - Arenaria

Possum sculpture – Arenaria




Adam-Foster - Brush-Tailed-Possum - A possum carrying her young in a tree

Brush Tailed Possum – Adam Foster

Kangaroo Valley



Rabbit-catcher-sculpture by Randall-Sinnamon

‘Rabbitcatcher’ – Randall Sinnamon

Kangaroo Valley


Response in Movement wire sculpture by Elissa Sykes Smith

‘Response in Movement’ wire sculpture by Elissa Sykes Smith




‘A-Shared-Weight’,-Elyssa Sykes-Smith-recycled-timber,-Sculpture-by-the-Sea,-Bondi,-2013

‘A Shared Weight’, Elyssa Sykes Smith recycled timber

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, 2013



Sea Spiral by Ross Cameron---2015

‘Sea Spiral’ by Ross Cameron—2015

Kangaroo Valley


Sea-the-light-by-Paul-Glendenning metal fish sculpture

‘Sea the light’ by Paul Glendenning



Shrouded Gods Mountain,-The Budawangs, south coast hinterlands of NSW, Australia

‘Shrouded Gods Mountain’, The Budawangs

South Coast hinterlands of NSW, Australia



Summoning-the-storm sculpture -Kangaroo-Valley

Summoning the storm sculpture -Kangaroo Valley


The Gods Had No Mouths by Myangah Pirate

‘The Gods Had No Mouths’ by Myangah Pirate

Kangaroo Valley




Rosie the orphaned Joey and Elliot the 1yo Bearded Dragon lizard

Greenough Wildlife & Bird Park in Australia


‘I’ve got your back’  Aussie mateship

These two apparently like hanging out together




Sydney Koto Quintet concert – Kangaroo Valley



Boat-People sculpture -by-Julie-Love

‘Boat People’ by Julie Love


Helmut Newton – Vogue Australia, May 1964

(originally shot at the beach, this one is with a backdrop of the Cambewarra range, NSW)



Trio-by-Dora-Rognvaldsdottir-2009 outdoor sculpture

‘Trio’ sculpture by Dora Rognvaldsdottir

 Kangaroo Valley. 2009



Penny Lovelock-kangaroo playing banjo

Penny Lovelock




'The Kongouro from New Holland'  - oil painting by George Stubbs 1772 - National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London

‘The Kongouro from New Holland’  – oil painting by George Stubbs

1772 – National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London

This painting was the first depiction of an Australian animal in Western Art and was originally exhibited by the Society of Artists in London in 1773.  Stubbs had never seen a living kangaroo, but created ‘The Kongouro from New Holland’ based on verbal accounts and a viewing of a preserved skin from a Captain Cook voyage. This painting, which I feel is of cultural importance to Australians, was purchased by an anonymous collector for 9 million dollars, but has been prevented from being returned to Australia by the Department of Culture?


Galeria-Aniela-Sculpture-on-the-Roof,Eco-House-Kangaroo Valley

Naked female sculpture on the roof,Eco House

Galeria Aniela, Kangaroo Valley



Fitzroy Falls at Kangaroo Valley Australia-david-smith

Fitzroy Falls at Kangaroo Valley Australia

Photo – David Smith



Reflecting on end of day-Cybernetic Kangaroos---Shane Gehlert

‘Reflecting on end of day’ – Cybernetic Kangaroos—Shane Gehlert





* Copyright 2006, Greg Lehman, Centre for Tasmanian Historical Studies






Modern ceramic relics – Nicolette Johnson




black volcanic-rock inspired vases

Black volcanic-rock inspired vases – Nicolette Johnson



Etruscan relic renaissance


Nicolette channels ancient classical pottery forms, mainly form the Etruscan epoch and combines them with contemporary geometries, to arrive at a distinctive style that she presents with superb imagery. She majored in photojournalism at Art School, which she believes influenced her perception of communication with visual language. A casual interest in collecting vintage pottery led her to a pottery course in 2015 where she discovered the tactile, physical nature of pottery throwing to be a useful counterbalance to the computer bound nature of image editing.
After spending her early years in London followed by a few years in the American South West, where she claims she was inspired by Mid Century modernism and Native American pottery, particularly for their simplicity and streamlined forms, she presently has a home studio in Queensland, Australia. Here she creates her elegant ancient forms that merge bulbous bases with elongated necks and serpentine handles, capturing an artefact spirit in a refreshing context. Her pieces exude a refinement and balance that only need further embellishment with elaborate handles and simple decorative additions, typical of Etruscan pottery.
She is also currently exploring the subtleties of wood fired ceramics as opposed to using electric fired kilns. The multitude of shapes that emerged from classical pottery has been an endless source of intrigue for me and Nicolette’s contribution is a welcome addition to this timeless genre.





blue-Abyssal-vase-Nicolette-Johnson on white mantle

Blue abyssal vase – Nicolette Johnson



Ceramic-Beer-Stern-Nicolette-Johnson rust and white glaze

Ceramic Beer Stern – Nicolette Johnson



Black-trumpet-vase-with orchids -- Nicolette-Johnson

Black trumpet vase – Nicolette Johnson  (@swsco)-•-Instagram)



Two Sulphur-crested-cockatoos-Nicolette-Johnson

Sulphur crested cockatoos – Nicolette Johnson photo




Ceramic Chain Vase--Nicolette-Johnson

Ceramic Chain Vase — Nicolette Johnson



Black and white photo of a pedestal vase with tulips - Nicolette Johnson

Pedestal vase with tulips – Nicolette Johnson



cojoined-vases with knotted handles-Nicolette-Johnson

Cojoined vases with knotted handles-Nicolette-Johnson



Three blue ceramic pots -- Nicolette johnson

Blue pottery – Nicolette Johnson



Nicolette-Johnson olive green-ceramic-vase

Nicolette Johnson



White-slip-ceramic-cup-Nicolette Johnson

White slip ceramic cup – Nicolette Johnson


black-glaze-long handle jug-Nicolette-Johnson

Black glaze long handle jug – Nicolette Johnson



Nicolette Johnson-vases-on-table indoor decor

Nicolette Johnson vases



Inseparable-vessels-joined by a chain Nicolette-Johnson

‘Inseparable Vessels’ – Nicolette Johnson




Kaneko and Stepwell vases- – Nicolette Johnson



Large-coil-built-urn-Nicolette-Johnson chocolate brown colour

Large coil built urn – Nicolette Johnson



Lucidity-vessel-Nicolette-johnson blue glaze vase and flowers

‘Lucidity vessel’ — Nicolette Johnson


Nicolette Johnson pottery wheel throwing

Nicolette Johnson


Memphis-Milano-stepwell-inspired-vase by Nicolette Johnson

Memphis Milano stepwell inspired-vase by Nicolette Johnson




Nicolette-Johnson_ceramic Females-vases

Naked female torso vases – Nicolette Johnson



Nicolette-Johnson-white vase-and-bowl

Nicolette Johnson white vase and bowl


Nicolette-Johnson raised neck ovoid vessel

Nicolette Johnson



pastel blue large handled vases Nicolette Johnson

Nicolette Johnson




Nicolette Johnson



Nicolette-Johnson-coiled-vase with flowers

Nicolette Johnson coiled vase with flowers



Nicolette-Johnson-blue twin handled-vase

Nicolette Johnson-blue vase



Nicolette-Johnson-long handle ceramic-jug

Long handle ceramic jug – Nicolette Johnson




Nicolette Johnson




Audrey-the-wood-fire-kiln in the shed with a black chook

Audrey the wood fire kiln – photo by Nicolette Johnson



Black pedestal vase with dry flowers -- Nicolette Johnson

Pedestal vase – Nicolette Johnson




Black-vase-and--bowl -Nicolette-Johnson

Black-vase — Nicolette Johnson



Nicolette-Johnson-white ceramic jug-and-cup

Nicolette Johnson  ceramic jug and cup



Nicolette-Johnson--twin handled pottery-vase

Nicolette Johnson–twin handled pottery vase




Nicolette-Johnson vase

Nicolette Johnson



Classical pottery-Obelisk-Pedestal-vase---Nicolette-Johnson

‘Obelisk Pedestal vase’ — Nicolette Johnson




Nicolette Johnson vase with sprouting handles



Nicolette-Johnson-pottery twin handles

Nicolette Johnson



Nicolette-Johnson-classical style vases

Nicolette Johnson



Nicolette-Johnson--vases-and-wattle multi handles

Multi handled vase with yellow wattle – Nicolette Johnson



Black, blue and white vase - Nicolette Johnson

Three Nicolette Johnson vases- Lapis blue raincloud vase (middle)



Nicolette-Jophnson-ceramic-vase with floral display

Nicolette Johnson vase



Nicolette-Johnson-white-contemporary vase

Nicolette Johnson white footed vase with spherical handles




Nicolette-Johnson-symbol-pots in black

Symbol pots – Nicolette Johnson



Small White sprouting vase --Nicolette-Johnson

Small white sprouting vase –Nicolette Johnson




Thick stoneware bangle—Nicolette Johnson



stoneware-tea-cup-with-a-shino-glaze -- Nicolette-Johnson

Stoneware tea cup with shino glaze — Nicolette Johnson





‘Study in blue and black and silver’ — Nicolette Johnson




Horizontal ribbed white ceramic vase, dried flowers and cup --- Nicolette Johnson

Horizontal ribbed white vase, dried flowers and cup — Nicolette Johnson



White-Sands-Nicolette-Johnson -- photo of solitary person on beach

White Sands – Nicolette Johnson photo




Nicolette Johnson