Resident Artists

Benjamin Storch [Sculpture Studio]

Benjamin Storch’s work stems from a fascination with fluid, dynamic motion, whether witnessed in nature, human motion or computer-aided visualisations in the sciences. Plottings of the behaviour of pendulums, imagery of surfaces being drawn into ‘fields of attraction’, strange attractor point clouds and fluid dynamics are all a major influence on Benjamin’s sculptural work.

To achieve a dynamic quality in metal Benjamin spent years researching techniques to form sheet metal into surfaces of negative, anticlastic curvature. Achieving this in steel relies on a sensitive manual control of specialised machinery as well as traditional hammering techniques, which gives Benjamin’s work a unique tactile quality. While casting might be an option, the sheet metal process leaves a visible, tangible trace of the inherent tensile forces and thus reflects the intention behind the work. Some pieces more literally embody mathematical principles associated with topology, dynamical systems and surface curvature while others are the artists impressions of some of these systems.

Benjamin has an extensive client base and exhibition track record internationally. Recent projects include a number of commissions for hotels such as The Ritz Carlton in Hong Kong and the Shangri-la at The Shard in London. Alongside these he has been making work for exhibition at Sculpture by the Sea, the McClelland Sculpture Survey and Brenda May Gallery.

Brook Andrew [Visual Arts Studio]

Brook Andrew is a conceptually driven artist who challenges cultural and historical perception, using installation, text and image to comment on local and global issues regarding race, consumerism and history. Apart from drawing inspiration from public media and found archival collections, Andrew travels nationally and internationally to work with communities and museum collections and display to comment and create new work reflecting objects, concepts and local thought.

In 2012, Andrew completed a new commission mountain home – dhirrayn ngurang for the Echigo-Tsumari Triennial, Japan, for the new Australia House and curated TABOO at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney. He created Jumping Castle War Memorial for the 2010 Biennale of Sydney that was inspired by his research in museums and theme parks: particularly the collection of the Musee Des Confluence, Lyon and his exhibition THEME PARK at AAMU, The Netherlands in 2008–09. Andrew has also received a number of commissions including a portrait of Professor Marcia Langton for the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, and a large-scale inflatable work The Cell commissioned by the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney, which toured Australia and New Zealand through 2010-11. In 2012, Andrew contributed a significant permanent, public artwork for the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia new building in Sydney, titled Warrang.

Andrew was recently awarded a Sidney Myer Fellowship and has also been the recipient of the Australia Council ISCP residency, NYC 2008–09, South Project at Museo de Arte Contemporáneo residency, Santiago 2006, Australia Council for the Arts Fellowship 2001. Publications include Future Images 2010, Theme Park 2008, Current: Contemporary Art from Australia and New Zealand 2008, Eye to Eye 2007 and Hope and Peace 2005.

Craig Barrett [Visual Arts Studio]

Craig embraces a variety of media including painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking and photography.

His works are represented in private, corporate and public collections – including drawings in the Ian Brown Collection held by the National Gallery of Victoria, and the installation work “Everyman” at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne. Two main themes run through Craigs’ work. One is the historical/mythological – the other is the land – both for their power of story telling.

Dani Bryant [Ceramics Studio]

My current work explores the potential for a continuum between fragile installation pieces created from slip dipped items such as leaves, feathers and paper; and hand built, carved stoneware vessels.

On one hand, the delicate installation work speaks of fragility of life; the translucent nature of the material can create a sense of the ethereal. And being so fragile, it gives rise to a sense of ‘specialness’, a reminder, perhaps, of the impermanence of life and it’s contents. This is contrasted by the heavier, dense hand built vessels of stoneware. Carved with flowing designs that suggest a certain rhythm; they become personal relics that display an emotional and intuitive symbolism. A balance between the impermanence and continuity of life is created.

Ivana Perkins [Sculpture Studio]

Born Ivana Ferreri in Cairo, Egypt, to Italian father, French mother, arrived in Melbourne Australia as a small child.

After spending most of her early working years in Advertising, Film and Television productions – Ivana began to develop her passion for sculpture by working after hours with a sculptor and attending evening classes in ceramics.

Initially her work was making clay sculptures, eventually she graduated to Metal Lost Wax Castings.

As her studio space was limited she created small sculptures & jewellery, in gold, silver and bronze which were sold through Makers Mark Gallery (Melbourne & Sydney).

Gradually increasing to life-size bronze pieces which she exhibited in her first solo exhibition at Makers Mark Gallery (Melbourne) with group exhibitions at Distelfink, Flinders Lane and Qdos Art Galleries.

The first public commission she received was for 530 Collins Street, Melbourne Australia, A water feature in the atrium, 2 metres high consisting of 5 cast bronze Brolgas (Australian native stork-like bird).

Later, Ivana received another public commission, a water fountain in Brolga Terrace, Darling Park, Darling Harbour, Sydney, consisting of 10 cast stainless steel Brolgas, in the exterior forecourt of IBM Building

This coincided with the opening of her other project, starting the retail Art & Craft supplies store ‘Handworks’ in Prahran, conducting workshops and selling very contemporary craft & art supplies from 1992 to 2005, whilst still working in her sculpture studio.

2008 formed ‘The Industrialists’ – with 8 other artists that have studios in the Industrial Estate – meeting every Monday night to discuss, work, print & collage.

John Meade [Sculpture Studio]

John Meade (born, Ballarat, 1956) is a sculptor who has participated in regular individual and group exhibitions with commercial and public galleries and museums in Australia and internationally. His public sculpture commissions include Mean Yellow (2000) in the Victorian Arts Centre forecourt for the Melbourne International Festival and Aqualung (2006) at Victoria Harbour, Docklands, Melbourne. His awards include the 2003 Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Art Scholarship, an Asialink residency in India in 1999, and grants from The Australia Council, Cinemedia, Arts Victoria and the Besen Family Foundation His academic achievements include an MA by research from RMIT University (2000) and an MA in Studio Art from New York University (2004).

John Meade’s work is held in the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Monash University Collection and the Heide Museum of Modern Art.

John is represented by Sutton Gallery, Melbourne.

Konstantin Dimopoulos [Sculpture Studio]

Konstantin Dimopoulos is a conceptual artist who creates social and environmental public artworks, as well as permanent sculptures and temporary installations. Through his thinking of using art to inspire change, he was invited to speak at TEDx Sacramento 2012 with his talk Can Art Change The World.

His environmental art installation, The Blue Trees about global deforestation has gained him international recognition. In 2013 it was nominated by the Danish Index Awards as one of 60 ideas that changed the world; and was named by TrendHunter as one of the top 100 activism trends of 2012.

The Blue Trees is an ongoing global artwork that launched at the Vancouver Biennale in 2011 and since then Dimopoulos has created the work in more than 12 global locations including London, Houston, Seattle and Albuquerque.

Konstantin Dimopoulos was born in Egypt and moved with his family to New Zealand in the early 1960s. His parents were both master tailors and it is this background of creativity and a traditional Greek home that infuses his conceptual thinking.

With a first degree in sociology his humanist philosophy continues to underpin his works. His latest public art installation,Purple Rain focuses on bringing individual identities to the amorphous term of the ‘homeless’.

As a sculptor Dimopoulos has his signature linear works at Federation Square in Melbourne, the Belconnen Arts Centre in Canberra, by Wellington International Airport in New Zealand, and in Seattle, Palm Springs, Denver and Cedar Rapids in the USA.

In 2014 he will install two public sculptures in San Diego and a major public artwork in Edmonton, Canada.

Kris Coad [Ceramics Studio]

Kris Coad is a ceramic artist who produces pieces for exhibition, a translucent porcelain tableware range for retail, and pieces for commission. She has been a practicing ceramicist for over 20 years, dividing her time between her studio practiceand being an educator.In 2002 Kris was awarded a Masters of Fine Art by Research RMIT. During the same year she was the only Australian honoured at the Sydney Myer Fund International Ceramic Award Shepparton Art Gallery.

Kris has exhibited in over 60 exhibitions including the third World Ceramic Biennale in Korea, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Manly Museum and Art Gallery and Craft Victoria. Her work has featured in many magazines and journals including Ceramics Art and Perception International, The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Ceramics Monthly USA, Hand Made in Melbourne, Donna Hay, Vogue Living, Vogue Entertaining and Travel and Gourmet USA.Her work has been acquired for public collections including Icheon World Ceramic Centre (Korea), Parliament House (Canberra), Shepparton Art Gallery, Manly Museum and Art Gallery as well as private collections in Australia and overseas.

Michal Anela [Ceramics Studio]

Michal Anela was born in 1978 in Warsaw and finally reached Australia in 2010 in order to study. Michal now presents his internal conversation with ceramics.
An artist’s perspective expresses his subjective perceptions of reality incorporating a dreamlike state. The line between the real and dream states can be very fine.

“My artwork is about a dialogue between the metaphysical and the physical, or in other words between myself and the world; it is my contribution to the universe. My work is created through observations of the external world, translated through my perspective and interpretations, made into original and physical concepts. I find nature to be the most inspiring ceramic artist in the universe. Rocks, stones, fossils; all made by nature. I take inspiration from these sources
Most recently I have been drawing inspiration from Coral which can be seen in my two collections; Coral Consciousness and Coral Coincidence.”
Michal Anela – Ceramics Studio Resident

Oleh Witer [Visual Arts Studio]

Oleh Witer is a still life painter who draws his subject matter both from nature and from man made objects. He uses various process devices and pictorial elements to create evocative oil paintings which explore the divide between narrative and descriptive, representational and abstract. His work displays great attention to detail, both in the rendering of the subject and to the way the subject is lit. Oleh won the painting category at the 2007 Churchie Emerging Art Prize and the People’s Choice Award at the 2007 Williamstown Contemporary Art Prize. He was a finalist in the 2007 Sulman Prize. Oleh is also currently assembling work for an exhibition in the virtual world Second Life under the name of Starey Oh.

Tanja George

Tanja was born in Vienna, Austria but grew up in Germany where she worked as a journalist for Esquire magazine.
In 1989 she moved to Australia where she studied Fine Art, encompassing various subjects from photography and film making to painting and sculpture. In addition, she completed a Bachelor of Film and Television at the Victorian College of the Arts film school in 1995.
Tanja made several short films which were screened at film festivals all over the world. Her TV documentary Death and Passion was filmed on location in Spain. Tanja also travelled 9000 kilometres throughout Australia to direct a travel documentary for German television.
In recent years, Tanja’s creativity has returned to sculpture. She has exhibited in various exhibitions throughout Australia, won first prize at the INSPIRED Art Award and several of her sculptures were ‘highly commended”. She also completed a commission of 16 sculptures for the Sydney Park Hyatt Hotel.

In the fabrication of her sculptures she uses a vast variety of materials from bronze to industrial/mechanical components and from photographs to packaging material. She like to misappropriate everyday functional objects and put them into a new context and an aesthetic, creative realm that is challenging to her and the viewer.

More than wishing to supply answers, she wants to pose questions. She would like to inspire the viewers to have their own thoughts on the universe, our relationship with it and human nature.

Ted Powell [Visual Arts Studio]

Englishman Arthur Edward Powell was schooled in the same British art tradition that produced a generation of creative luminaries such as David Hockney, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Keith Moon and Roger Daltry in the sixties.

He studied Fine Art at Ealing College of Art, London, before embarking on a career in advertising. This led to senior positions with the JWT agency in London, Detroit, Melbourne, Auckland, Taipei and Bangkok in a career that spanned over thirty years and achieved many national and international awards.

Painting, while set aside for many years, was always his first love. In 1989 a trip to the Kimberley Ranges in Western Australia with one of Australia’s best loved artists, Clifton Pugh, re-ignited the flame. Under the tutelage of Pugh, Arthur began to explore the full extent of his artistic potential in the unique landscapes of Outback Australia and later the cityscapes of Australia.

The current exhibition at the Angela Robarts-Bird gallery at the Gasworks is his 5th solo exhibition. His work appears in private collections in the USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan, South Africa, Germany, Greece and Japan.

Tricia Sabey [Visual Arts Studio]

Tricia Sabey is a visual artist whose work reflects her interest in the abstract qualities of the land and the sea in relation to the horizon line. Tricia likes to use plywood because of its timber grain and its reference back to the land. Tricia is the winner of 2 dimensional art category at the Williamstown Tattersall’s Contemporary Art Awards 2005.

Ursula Dutkiewicz [Ceramics Studio]

Ursula Dutkiewicz creates a diverse array of works including ceramic paintings, sculptures, functional wares and murals. Ursula has been a professional ceramic artist since completing a Bachelor of Fine Art at the Victorian College of the Arts in 1993. She has been commissioned to produce artworks for various organisations including City of Port Phillip, Women’s Circus and Kensington Management Company. Ursula has implemented many Community Arts Projects including the tile project at Footscray Community Arts Centre and has designed workshops for people of all ages and abilities.

Ursula has also been an Artist in Residence at the Brighton University School of Health Professions (UK) and at a number of schools in Australia. In 2007 she was invited to participate in a conference and exhibition at the University of East London (UK).
Although her work is often abstract and vibrant, Ursula’s involvement with so many varied and interesting projects constantly informs her work and leads her to develop in new and exciting directions.

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