1. SPATIAL TENSION

STONE: Black Granite from Black Hill, Walker Flat, South Australia.
COMMISSIONED 2012 BY: Bluestone Mt Barker; Walker Corporation.
STONE DONATED BY: Melocco Stone.

THE ARTIST

LUKE ZWOLSMAN
Australia

Luke was the youngest sculptor who attended the inaugural Symposium in 2012. He lives and works on the Gold Coast in Queensland. He has attended several international sculpture symposia and many of his works have been commissioned or acquired by local governments, corporate bodies and private clientele.

He is gaining a high profile in Australia as a stone sculptor who often uses a ‘portal theme’, as in gateways to a new understanding of life. His friendly and gentle demeanour belies his extraordinary strength. He particularly likes to work in extremely hard stone.

2. SAILING OF SOUL

STONE: Marble from Angaston, South Australia.
COMMISSIONED 2012 BY: The District Council of Mt Barker.
STONE DONATED BY: Barossa Quarries.

THE ARTIST

KEMAL TUFAN
Turkey

Kemal Tufan was born in Silivri, Istanbul. He graduated from the Industrial Engineering Department of the Technical University of Istanbul in 1985 and graduated from the Sculpture Department of the Fine Art Faculty of Mimar Sinan University, Istanbul in 1994.

From 2005-2013 he was Adjunct Professor Marmara University / Fine Art Faculty, Sculpture Department, Istanbul, Turkey. He is also an accomplished painter and has worked as a choreographer and decorator with different theatres, modern dance and Turkish folk dance groups.

Kemal often uses transport as a theme for his sculptural works and his outgoing personality enhances any symposium he attends. He is highly regarded in Turkey and internationally and has attended many symposia all over the world.

“My sculpture is a metaphor of life – sailing the rough ocean and smooth seas.”

3. PRICKLY 3

STONE: White marble from Kapunda,Paris Creek and Angaston, South Australia.
COMMISSIONED 2012 BY: Business Mt Barker.
STONE DONATED BY: Barossa Quarries; Graham Arthy.

THE ARTIST

JAYA SCHUERCH
Switzerland

Born in California, USA, Jaya moved to Berne, Switzerland with her family in 1972. After studying Mechanical Engineering in Zurich and travelling in Asia she moved to the US and studied Botany, Biology and Art at Santa Barbara City College. From 1987 – 88 she had an apprenticeship in sculpture restoration at Cloverleaf Studios in Santa Barbara, California. In 1988 she moved to Italy and became a full time artist.

Since then she has been showing internationally and participated in many international sculpture symposia. Her work can be found in public and private collections in the USA, Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, England, Taiwan, China, South Korea and Africa. She is currently based in Italy and works out of her Studio Pescarella in Pietrasanta. Jaya’s works are often very tactile.

“Learning to carve was like finally finding the right words to say what I need to say. Whatever that is, it comes from a place much deeper and less accessible than where words come from.”

4. WATERSONG

STONE: Marble from Paris Creek, South Australia.
COMMISSIONED 2012 BY: Battunga Country Tourism; The District Council of Mt Barker.
MAJOR DONORS: Dave and Anne Welsh; Adelaide Hills Getaway; Macclesfield Community Association; Graham Arthy; Frank Samson and Corinna Steeb; Geraldine Jones; John and Anna Wyett; Duncan and Oopy MacGillivray; Bendbrook Wines; Longview Vineyard; Mike Nunan and Barbara Deed; Gemma and Sara May; Richard, Gabrielle, Kate and Hannah Anderson.
DONORS: Keryn Corr; Wayne and Robin Guidera; Nick Sanders.
STONE DONATED BY: Graham Arthy.

THE ARTIST

YOSHIN OGATA
Japan

Born in Miyakonojo, Japan and now living in Carrara, Italy, Yoshin is a gentle and very focused artist. Following his first exhibition of sculptures at the Shinseisaku-Kyokai, Tokyo In 1970, he moved to London and studied at the British Museum. After travelling in Europe he arrived in Italy in late 1971 where he studied sculpture at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Milan, Florence and Rome. In 1973 he moved to Carrara to make contact with the world of marble.

In an outstanding career spanning over 30 years, Yoshin Ogata has held regular solo exhibitions internationally, won first prizes in numerous monumental sculpture awards and participated in many international symposia. He sculpts mostly abstract forms with aquatic themes and often large stone pieces for public installation. His works can be found in important international private and public collections.

5. ANGEL OF HAHNDORF

STONE: Granite from Black Hill, Walker Flat, South Australia.
COMMISSIONED 2012 BY: Hahndorf Business and Tourism; The District Council of Mt Barker.
SUPPORTED BY: Beerenberg Foundation; Flinders University; Hahndorf Community Hall Inc.; The Cedars; Hahndorf Lions Club; Littlehampton Bricks.
MAJOR DONORS: Hahndorf Sweets; Ruby’s Creative Business Solutions; Hahndorf Motor Lodge; The Haus; Hahndorf Academy.
DONORS: Michael Bowman; David and Anne Haines.
STONE DONATED BY: Melocco Stone.

THE ARTIST

CRAIG MEDSON
Australia

Craig has always been interested in every facet of the arts. After three years studying Fine Arts at the Queensland College of Art (majoring in sculpture) he spent a year in Carrara, Italy studying the art of marble carving. In 1983 he received a scholarship from the Italian Government and returned to Carrara for 15 months studying and working, primarily in marble. He has returned to Carrara several times since. He has attended and organised many symposia worldwide and has a particular skill in mentoring young sculptors.

In recent years commission work has become a large part of his work involving a vast range of materials and styles. He works mainly in marble and sandstone and expresses strong family values in his work.

“I try to make my sculptures appear light, rhythmic and with an element of movement…often belying the weight they really are. I aim always to create sculptures that emit an aura of beauty, harmony, balance and peace”

6. LE PELOTON

STONE: Black Granite from Black Hill, Walker Flat, South Australia.
COMMISSIONED 2012 BY: Adelaide Hills Council.
MAJOR DONORS: Gai and Brenton Adcock; Haigh’s Chocolates; Sally and Roger Cook; Steve and Kayleen Harris; Skip and Lilly Lipman; Tori Park.
DONORS: Jane Crawford; Tony and Dee Campbell; Elizabeth and Andrew Doube; Helen Kirk; Tess Minnett; Louise Tebble.
STONE DONATED BY: Melocco Stone.

THE ARTIST

SILVIO APPONYI
Australia

Silvio was born in Germany and emigrated to Australia in 1951. He is based in Balhannah in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia and has been sculpting for over 40 years. Using a variety of media including wood, granites, marbles and bronze his sculptures range from delicate ‘Netsuke’ style pieces with an astonishing level of detail and realism to large public works.

Silvio has had one-man shows and group exhibitions locally, interstate and overseas. He has won several prizes, accepted commissions, attended symposia in Australia and internationally. His work is featured in many private collections both here and overseas and in public spaces across Australia.

“I was inspired by the bright shiny helmets of the Peloton – bicycles which passed with a ‘whoosh’.”

Silvio’s vision to ‘enrich the Hills with Sculpture’ led to the genesis of the Adelaide Hills International Sculpture Symposium and the development of a ‘Hills Sculpture Trail’. He was Artistic Director for the inaugural Symposium in 2012.

7. SPRING, SUMMER, FALL, WINTER AND...

STONE: Marble from Paris Creek, South Australia.
COMMISSIONED 2012 BY: Lobethal Community Association.
SUPPORTED BY: GE Hughes and Co; SA Premier’s Arts Partnership Fund; Klose’s Supermarkets; Sue and Garry Hughes.
MAJOR DONORS: Bronwen Klose; BSmart Bricks; T&R Pastoral; ANZ Lobethal.
DONORS: Mr and Mrs Grant Small; Bill Spragg.
STONE DONATED BY: Graham Arthy.

THE ARTIST

HWANG SEUNG-WOO
South Korea

A graduate of the Carrara Accademia Belle Arti in 1999, this Korean born artist is currently living in Seoul, South Korea. Hwang has a high profile internationally and has participated in over 30 symposia worldwide. His highly recognisable style can be seen in a number of significant public commissions in Bahrain, Damascus, Korea, Australia, Norway, Spain and the United Arab Emirates.

His themes often include paper and related culture focused on the importance of communication and the accumulation of knowledge. Hwang made an important connection with the people of the Lobethal community and was mindful of their history as the home of the Onkaparinga Woollen Mills.

His sculpture won the ‘People’s Choice Award’ at the inaugural Adelaide Hills International Sculpture Symposium in 2012.

“Papers are very important in our lives because not only do they serve as the material we use in our everyday activities, but they also serve as a kind of ‘hidden power’ bearing the language that we use.”

8. THE REMOTENESS

STONE: Black Granite from Black Hill, Walker Flat, South Australia.
COMMISSIONED 2012 BY: Stirling Business Association.
STONE DONATED BY: Melocco Stone.

THE ARTIST

MIGUEL ISLA
Spain

Miguel was born in Tudela de Duero, Spain in 1953. He still resides there and has had a high profile for many years. Since 1991 he has organised and attended many major international sculpture symposia all over the world including France, Italy, Denmark, Korea, Germany, Japan, Syria, China, Turkey, Spain and Australia.

In 1999 he won an award at the International Biennale of Sculpture at Montbrison, France and was also a finalist in the Francoise Bourdelle Award for Sculpture in Paris, France. He is noted for large abstract geometric forms and responds readily to the surrounds and brief in which his sculpture is to be placed.

“Windows allow us to look out at the many, many things which affect our lives “

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