Artists by Nation - Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2015

Chris Bailey, New Zealand
Born in 1965, New Zealand, sculptor Chris Bailey is of both Maori and Irish descent, with ties to the Iwi of Ngati Hako, Ngati Paoa, Te Aupouri and Ngati Porou. In his thirties Bailey embarked on a journey of self-discovery, learning about the Maori culture and its language. This involved returning to the various Marae of both his parents and to his study at Auckland University, where he learnt traditional material working techniques. Bailey has been working full time as a sculptor since 2004, with much success both nationally and internationally. He now lives and works on Waiheke Island just off the coast of Auckland, NZ. Bailey has represented NZ on the global stage in the USA, Italy, Australia and Japan and is recognized as one of New Zealand’s leading contemporary Maori sculptors in his medium of hard stone.
Rebecca Rose, New Zealand
Rebecca Rose trained initially as a landscape designer. Her love of gardens and outdoor spaces sparked a desire to create artworks for these arenas. She trained in bronze under sculptor Theo Janssen in 1990 and 1993. A desire to build larger pieces led her to exploring concrete as a medium. From 1995 to 2000 Rose completed five series’ of figurative works in concrete, now found in gardens throughout New Zealand. These include a gathering of nine sculptures at Government House, Wellington, New Zealand. Rose’s recent work has centred on the cyclic nature of life and inter-connectedness of humanity. In exploring these themes she has created abstract work using metals and alloys. She says: "I am interested in the way light behaves in water and the shadows that come from intricate seaweeds." Rose, her partner and their three young children live and work from a dramatic home studio in Titirangi, Auckland, New Zealand.

"Sea anemone; a creature of many guises and deceptive simplicity. Placing it in a land setting highlights the fragility of these creatures and how our actions impact the future of this beauty."

Virginia King, New Zealand
Virginia King’s sculpture celebrates life in the South Pacific. She draws attention to the beauty and fragility of the Earth’s eco-systems by magnifying and abstracting the scale and complexity of natural life forms. Her works are informed by mythology, history, science and literature, and express concerns about ecology and survival and the delicate balance between sustainability and progress. In 2015 King installed Wakatipu Vessel in Queenstown, New Zealand. She has also commissioned works for Hobsonville Wharf in Auckland, Ohinetahi in Governors Bay, Canberra Airport, Lambton Quay in Wellington, and Docklands Park in Melbourne. She has exhibited in Sculpture on the Gulf, Waiheke Island three times and won People’s Choice Awards for Matiatia Frond, 2003, Nautilus Whispers, 2007, and Radiolaria, 2011. King was a Distinguished Invited Artist at Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi in 2010, and previously exhibited at Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe in 2011. A pivotal experience in King’s life was being awarded an Antarctic Artist Fellowship in 1999. The visit to Antarctica allowed her to focus on the food chain and the microsphere and to reinforce her ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship.
Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe
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