Sculpture with life
THE Meeniyan Art Gallery opened its latest exhibition on Sunday, featuring the sculptures of Russell Petherbridge.
He approaches metal with extraordinary skill and sensitivity, and creates worlds of beauty, integrity, humour, passion and joy.
Visitors will discover a true masculine strength is gentle and soothing, and find that a strong structure and fluidity co-exist naturally and gracefully.
The artist invites audiences to play with some of his sculptures; they vibrate, rotate, jump and reshape. Observers become part of the sculpture’s life.
Mr Petherbridge began his career in art over 40 years ago, setting up his first working studio in Gore Street, Fitzroy
“It was a choice of freedom. Doing exactly what I wanted was open to me,” he said.
Leaving the city in the early l970s Russell moved to Yandoit in central Victoria, a picturesque village between Castlemaine and Daylesford.
Mr Petherbridge produces works in steel, stainless steel, silver and gold.
“My ideas come out of space basically. I refuse to go where anyone else has gone. I like to include humour and frivolity in all of them; they all do their thing.”
He has exhibited continuously over the 45 year period in Australia and overseas.
All of his work is handmade; nothing has been laser cut or manufactured. It is obvious he has complete understanding and control over his medium.
Living deep within the Wombat Forest, much of Mr Petherbridge’s work is derived from the natural elements, exuding a love of nature and humankind.
He also does “functioning art”; he designs and makes staircases, quirky potbellies, imaginative candlesticks, unusual furniture pieces and of course unique jewellery in silver and gold.
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