Born Sydney 1959, introduced to art at an early age.  His parents were both conservators/restorers in various art galleries around Sydney.

John spent many after school hours in the backroom of commercial galleries.

Trained as an industrial designer/patternmaker in the plastics industry.

He began sculpting full time after moving to the mid north coast in 1990.  His year is divided between a number of exhibitions, corporate and private commissions and occasional sculpture workshops.

“The major influences for my work would include the after school hours spent in the back rooms of galleries.  I recall having more of an interest in “object” rather than “image” as a means of expression.  My training or perhaps more accurately a reaction against my trade, the more comfortable I became with various materials, the more frustrated I became at the lack of any creative input into their use.”

In the early 80’s I spent time travelling through Africa and the Middle East and came to realise that “object” making was a natural and important component in the lives of nearly all cultures in all age groups (the exception being those at war).

Probably my greatest influence was meeting Sydney artist and sculptor David Rae, one of Australia’s most accomplished figurative sculptors.  He made clear the value of constant practice, study and persistence and the importance of comprehensive knowledge of the medium you use and all processes involved in making art.

My work ranges from traditional representational figurative pieces to the abstracted and whimsical.

I work mainly in local woods, but sometimes I must force myself to disregard the intrinsic beauty of the medium because it may distract from the concept.

The material must be pushed and shaped into the service of comment and narrative.


Florence Biennale 2007
Lynch Prize 2006
Chase Exhibition 2005
John Gordon Gallery 2005
Coffs Regional Gallery 2004
Curator – Tweed Wood Biennial 2004
Tweed Wood Biennial 00, 02
Bungendore Woodwork Gallery  99 & 01
Novotel Opal Cove Resort 96 - 03
Regional Exhibition of Excellence – Grafton 95 - 09
Coffs City Exhibitions 94 – 08
Mid North Coast Fine Woodwork Exhibitions 95 -02
Grafton Regional Gallery 2000
Artist in Residence - Ayers Rock Resort 97, 99
Australia Craft Shows  96, 97 & 99
Caloundra Festival of Arts 96 – 98
Sails Resort Exhibitions 96 - 99           
Seelands 95, 96 & 98
Glenaeon  Exhibition 95, 96 & 97
Feature Artist - Central Coast Festival of Arts 94
Cooks Hill Gallery 94

Commissions (Corporate)

Apple Computers
Osborne Computers
Glenfiddich Distillery
Neville Jeffries Financial

 Commissions (Corporate)

Image Plus
Heliscene Charters
Gold Coast Indy
Burswood Property Trust
County Nat West
Pfizer Pharmaceuticals
Novotel Opal Cove Resort

Commissions/Collections (Public)

Caloundra Council – Permanent collection
Coffs Harbour Council - Public sculpture - Collection     
Hastings Council – Permanent Collection
Hastings Council – Public Sculpture
Grafton Regional Gallery – Collection
Tweed Regional Gallery – Collection
Mosman Art Gallery - Collection
Boston Museum of Fine Arts – Collection
Casuarina Scultpure Prize 2006
Nat. Parks & Wildlife Service
David Helgott Sculpture - 2009
























Mid North Coast TAFE – Visual/Fine Arts - Teaching Module/Sculpture
Holding Private Workshops in figurative carving -  mould making & casting
Mentor – Churchill Fellowship recipient
Resource artist New Zealand Collaboration
Sturt School Collaboration