Jo and Dean Canham offered me a show at their gallery bookshop ( Blarney Books) after I had participated in the Biblio art show earlier in 2009.  This exhibition "Untold stories 2" was a reprise of the Untold Stories exhibition I held in 2009 at Bradley Hall Gallery in Drouin West. . I did a range of new work as well as bringing some of the unsold pieces

I had 26 Ink sketches and 5 biggish sculptures and 22 small sculptures.

We had an interesting opening and a few of my friends from my Mortlake days attended including Glyn and Yvonne Court, Ken, Beth and Marg Hodge, Bill Spooner as well as an ex student Rebecca Fleming and also a contingent of Connors( Paddy,Lyn,Callum,Alex). The opening slaes were dissapointing but by the end of the exhibition it had sold about half.

Pt Fairy Exhibition Blarney books 2010

best foot forward - 2011 (SOLD)
best foot forward
Childhood is when we form so many of our values and ideas. I have explored lots of childish forms in my sculptures and this is another in the series. I often use female forms as they are more fun to make with long hair and dresses.
We have all been told to put our best foot forward and the first time we hear it we all ask which one? I love the concentration conveyed in this piece. The step is one of deliberation yet the red shoes convey a sense of joy!
As part of untold stories I feel this is one of those aspects which relates the human choices and decisions we make and how we choose to fit into our world.
friendly - 2011 (SOLD)
friendly
For an earlier show I made a big dog that was called Snarl. This time I have made a smaller dog who is quite friendly. The Dog is part of an interaction of “the dog and the girl” and I feel that the pieces will interact to create a story just through their presence. I really like the mosaic like effect of all the panels building the form and although the technique is similar to the ball forms this is of a different scale.
waiting - 2011
waiting
just a cross girl waiting
afloat - 2010
afloat
I like the theme and have done something similar in a big sculpture
aim - 2010 (SOLD)
aim
Many of my girls are active.. she finally found her friend in 2011
balance - 2010 (SOLD)
balance
adventurous girls again..
ballerina 2 - 2010 (SOLD)
ballerina 2
In looking at art, one is taken by representations of beauty, often in the female form. The ballet has been a source of artistic inspiration from at least the time of Degas. The grace of the ballet dancers I feel is echoed in the grace that occurs in many a netball game. I made a group sculpture with a netballer surrounded by Ballerinas and I decided to explore ballerina forms. I like her charm and the tutu from recycled nails appeals to my sense of fun. I expect to do further ballerina poses as there is quite a challenge in getting the balance and movement. The ballet is a story set in dance and this story could be anything.
balloon girl 2 - 2010 (SOLD)
balloon girl 2
Childhood is when we form so many of our values and ideas. I have explored lots of childish forms in my sculptures and this is another in the series. I often use female forms as they are more fun to make with long hair and dresses.
I have explored balloons lifting people off the ground and I love the contrast of the balloon seeming to float but in reality being held there by the wire. The Banksy picture above captures the innocence when a simple balloon can hold so much wonder. I feel I have achieved a bit of the same feeling too. The story is simple but beautiful nonetheless.
Barney asleep - 2010
Barney asleep
Our new dog...
beetle - 2010 (SOLD)
beetle
I gave this to a friend as a house warming present... he is sort of into bugs so I thought it would be appropriate
Best seat in the house - 2010 (SOLD)
Best seat in the house
Yep another flying bird and someone being carried. I like the idea and I am exploring lots of its variations I remember once I was at the zoo and looking at the wedge tailed eagles cage and this eagle decided he was a bit annoyed at being stared at so he hopped off his perch( muscled over to the bars) and spread his wings. Now I am about 6 ft but his wingspan was more than that and I had the feeling that if he could make the bars disappear I would be lunch! If only that power could be harnessed for good instead of ….. Very impressive and would probably love to go hang-gliding if I was younger, fitter, lighter! This is probably about the closest I am going to get!
birds - 2010 (SOLD)
birds
birds and colour patterns
Box Kite - 2010 (SOLD)
Box Kite
I like the fact that a flying structure and a bird have the same name. This piece sort of muddles the two together and it is not clear really if the bird is a box or a kite or…… That is surely one of the joys of our language that by taking something slightly away from context you get a whole new vision. Is the girl taking her bird for a fly? Is she flying a kite? This is your story at this point but I like the fact that the kite is made from metal, hangs in the air and sort of echoes a normal plane .( maybe plane is a slight pun too!)
I’ll stop now.
boy working - 2010
boy working
from a sketch in a class I was sitting in on
care - 2010 (SOLD)
care
Another major stage in many people�s childhood is where you are entrusted to look after a younger sibling. It is a wonderful responsibility and usually is an important part in growing up. I didn�t have this as I was an only child , but my wife is the eldest in a family of five and she often talks about looking after younger brothers and sisters. This piece celebrates this aspect of life and how we have to learn how to play with someone less capable than us
forgiveness - 2010 (SOLD)
forgiveness
This couple delight me by how simple bits of twisted steel convey love and forgiveness. The pair are recycled from a larger piece but they stand on their own very well and the addition of the circular base adds to the encompassing action of the girls arms. What is she forgiving? That is the story for you to decide.
forgiveness - 2010 (SOLD)
forgiveness
This couple delight me by how simple bits of twisted steel convey love and forgiveness. The pair are recycled from a larger piece but they stand on their own very well and the addition of the circular base adds to the encompassing action of the girls arms. What is she forgiving? That is the story for you to decide.
Gallery set out - 2010
Gallery set out
Just a view of the room at Blarney books which is used as the gallery with some of my pieces set out
girl at beach - 2010
girl at beach
strong colour...
Girl at beach 2 - 2010
Girl at beach 2
a sort of awkward pose but nice colour
Grace - 2010 (SOLD)
Grace
A version of this piece was entered for a prize where sport and art were contrasted. It hasn’t had much of an outing and I thought the imagery was appropriate for this show.

In looking at art, one is taken by representations of beauty, often in the female form. The ballet has been a source of artistic inspiration from at least the time of Degas. The grace of the ballet dancers I feel is echoed in the grace that occurs in many a netball game, although finding any representations of this in the arts is usually an impossible task. In many sports and especially Australian sports such as AFL and Netball, grace and beauty occur in every game along with energy and striving and much of the whole human drama.
My piece is a small acknowledgement of the beauty achieved by this sport as a byproduct to the aim of the game. We often overlook the beauty of the everyday as we search for what is special and this is also reflected in the materials I have chosen for this piece.
high chair 2 - 2010 (SOLD)
high chair 2
We went and had a look at the “wild man” sculpture by Ron Mueck at the McLelland Gallery in Frankston and I was very impressed with the detail of care and expression shown in the sculpture. The man is 3 meters tall and the chair is almost unnoticed apart from as a prop for the man. I thought about the time when we were young and a high chair was High! I must admit to always wanting to sit in the high chairs beside tennis courts and I thought these two characters have a relationship and there is drama just in them sitting there!
hoodies - 2010 (SOLD)
hoodies
One of the first pieces to sell on opening night
It was all going well until - 2010 (SOLD)
It was all going well until
I made a piece for the recent Blarney books show “New life from old bones” and one piece was Marie Curie on a tight rope going up hill balancing husband, children and career. It was a nice piece but did not attract any real interest so it has been recycled here into this piece. I added the bird and gave her a new title and I feel it is what we all confront at different times when the completely unexpected suddenly throws a spanner in the works ( or a bird on the pole). I also supect this has echoes of Wylie Coyote cartoons and I am sure he was in a similar situation at least once
It was all going well until - 2010 (SOLD)
It was all going well until
I made a piece for the recent Blarney books show “New life from old bones” and one piece was Marie Curie on a tight rope going up hill balancing husband, children and career. It was a nice piece but did not attract any real interest so it has been recycled here into this piece. I added the bird and gave her a new title and I feel it is what we all confront at different times when the completely unexpected suddenly throws a spanner in the works ( or a bird on the pole). I also suspect this has echoes of Wylie Coyote cartoons and I am sure he was in a similar situation at least once.
joy of flying - 2010 (SOLD)
joy of flying
Another piece playing with my bird forms and different characters .This piece is relatively straight forward but again body language conveys delight and joy. How is it happening? Again the story is untold but the possibilities are endless..
loaded up - 2010
loaded up
a bit awkward..
Making some changes 2 - 2010 (SOLD)
Making some changes 2
This idea came to me and I love the motion and drama. The red dress suggest all sorts of gore and her uncontrolled wielding of the axe suggests a fair degree of passion in the task. There are times when this is exactly the right way to approach life. The untold story suggests itself fairly clearly!
making some changes(painting) - 2010 (SOLD)
making some changes(painting)
Mrs elephant head - 2010 (SOLD)
Mrs elephant head
combination of forms lead to a rather amusing piece
over there - 2010 (SOLD)
over there
girls in red dresses! what can I say.
pensive - 2010 (SOLD)
pensive
not a bit like Rodins but a pleasant piece
reading girl - 2010 (SOLD)
reading girl
As I mentioned in another write up, I have done several reading girls of various sizes. This one needed a different format and it still allowed me to incorporate Red as the colour and also do something different with a theme I have used before.
reading lady - 2010
reading lady
I liked her sharpness and the almost abstract nature of areas of colour.
red kite rider - 2010 (SOLD)
red kite rider
similar to a sculpture I did
Rooster - 2010 (SOLD)
Rooster
Some one liked it and I gave it to them.. just exploring colour from a photo
The best seat in the house - 2010 (SOLD)
The best seat in the house
Yep another flying bird and someone being carried. I like the idea and I am exploring lots of its variations I remember once I was at the zoo and looking at the wedge tailed eagles cage and this eagle decided he was a bit annoyed at being stared at so he hopped off his perch( muscled over to the bars) and spread his wings. Now I am about 6 ft but his wingspan was more than that and I had the feeling that if he could make the bars disappear I would be lunch! If only that power could be harnessed for good instead of ….. Very impressive and would probably love to go hang-gliding if I was younger, fitter, lighter! This is probably about the closest I am going to get!
the fable of the girl and the spoons - 2010 (SOLD)
the fable of the girl and the spoons
The reflections of spoons are quite bizarre and their reflections are not really of this world. I had a series of cutlery around the place and I was “playing with their forms. I did the piece and put it up on Facebook and One of my ex students, ( Jade ) suggested this title and I redid the idea in an even more interesting form.
As the story so far is untold I hope it suggests all kinds of possibilities.
the firebird - 2010 (SOLD)
the firebird
This is my second fire bird. I did the first fire bird as a response to the fires last year and the original firebird was holding a firefighter and a hose and they were fighting the fires. This was auctioned to raise funds for the fire relief. I wanted to do a firebird like a phoenix rising from the ashes. I didn’t know much about Phoenixes other than the odd bit from Harry Potter so I thought I had better do a bit of research.
A phoenix is a mythical bird with a colourful plumage and a tail of gold and scarlet. It has a 500 to 1,000 year life-cycle, near the end of which it builds itself a nest of myrrh twigs that then ignites; both nest and bird burn fiercely and are reduced to ashes, from which a new, young phoenix or phoenix egg arises, reborn anew to live again. The bird was also said to regenerate when hurt or wounded by a foe, thus being immortal and invincible — it is also said that it can heal a person with a tear from its eyes and make them temporarily immune to death. The phoenix is a symbol of fire and divinity.
( Fire bird is also the name of a cool car that existed when I was growing up)!
My firebird is rising from the burnt hills and trees that are the background to where I live in Jindivick. The piece is a bit ambiguous as it seems unsure whether the bird is causing the fire or being reborn from it. A friend who saw it said it was scary as it looked like the bird was on fire!( and so it does!) Anyway the story is there for interpretation and I quite like the overall form!
the girl who could write - 2010 (SOLD)
the girl who could write
I did this piece as a result of me minding a team in tournament of minds...
the Girl with the bird in her hair - 2010 (SOLD)
the Girl with the bird in her hair
I keep coming back to girls and birds
the origin of ballet - 2010 (SOLD)
the origin of ballet
These two characters were from the large form of Grace which I cut down to more domestic scale. I added the ball and called it "the origin of Ball et"
I did a piece called“Grace” which contrasted the beauty of Ballet with netball but I cut it down because I felt it was too big for most houses. Two of the ballerinas were just standing there and then it occurred to me that they wanted to play a game. Add one ball and it is obvious where ballet came from! Well maybe not, but it certainly makes me smile.
the reader - 2010 (SOLD)
the reader
a simple idea .
the relationship - 2010 (SOLD)
the relationship
We nearly all have had the situation where we have been thinking of some one all the time yet we are going out with someone else. I thought of this when I made this large face.
This piece uses a giant face as landscape and has the two characters obviously discussing something. Greg Follett used faces in the landscape as part of some early work I had seen and Helen Timbury was working on a linocut of the elephant in the room. Both of these influenced me and I really like the background being made up of a person. The story has lots of possibilities.
I eventually broke this piece up and recycled the face as part of the raft of the imagination
the slide - 2010
the slide
trying out childhood themes with my sketches
the writer - 2010 (SOLD)
the writer
This was from a photo I took during a school tournament of the minds production
thinking not hoping - 2010 (SOLD)
thinking not hoping
just waiting.. she waited a while until she sold...
unconvinced - 2010 (SOLD)
unconvinced
In Playing with my bird forms and different characters this combination suggested itself. I love the expression given by the body language and the story obviously involves this possible form of transport. Unconvinced seems to be the end of the story but perhaps this will change as the journey progresses.
upwardly mobile - 2010 (SOLD)
upwardly mobile
having done lots of girls on ladders as sculptures I thought I would do one in ink.
View from Garys - 2010 (SOLD)
View from Garys
sitting on Gary's verandah and this sort of was the view.
Butterfingers - 2009 (Recycled)
Butterfingers
Float ( red balloon 2) - 2009 (SOLD)
Float ( red balloon 2)

I was doing lots of floating pieces for my previous up exhibition but these were all of a smaller scale ( like “red carpet”). I thought of a red balloon( from the film) and set about making it full size and clearly welded metal. I guess this echoes the seeming impossibility of flying in planes weighing tons ( or sailing in concrete boats!). I love its movement and the coil and bends in the “rope” just add to its lightness.
Girl in the tower - 2009 (SOLD)
Girl in the tower
A girl, a hero, a tower and a beanstalk… sounds familiar… certainly the elements are well known but I’m not sure that this combination has been used in the past.
Again the possibilities are there for this untold story!
The tower is from a lovely piece of driveshaft? and a piece of tube and I had quite a bit of difficulty deciding whether to have it as a base for something but the open space where the bearings had been was too lovely. The beanstalk is a piece of ‘pipe cleaner’ with some additions.
Perception - 2009 (SOLD)
Perception
This piece is called “perception” and deals with some peoples focus on external or individual concerns and overlooking of the main problem. The “earth” form is breaking apart ( the claw is green to suggest the form of the problem) and this reflects on the current global warming problem ( the egg is hatching).
reds under the bed - 2009 (SOLD)
reds under the bed
I love this idea! Surely a great phrase from the 50’s although apparently it was based around political cartoons in 1920's & 30's showing people searching for communists under their beds.( wikipedia)
As a reflection on communism, this phrase came to mind but in a present context most people would be more likely to have these sort of reds in the house rather than the other type.
I wasn’t sure how I would do the bottles but decided on this welded version. As I was setting up the piece one of the legs slipped off the edge of the base and the whole bed tipped making the scene look much more dramatic. I couldn’t really keep it like that so I compromised by cutting one of the legs shorter. It certainly makes it look like he has sampled at least one of the “reds” before he has looked for the others!
Rocking horse - 2009 (SOLD)
Rocking horse
Childhood is when we form so many of our values and ideas. I have explored lots of childish forms in my sculptures and this is another in the series. I often use female forms as they are more fun to make with long hair and dresses.
This is my first attempt at a rocking horse and I love the fun that a simple toy can provide. The movement similar to a swing but really a “horse” no matter how out of proportion, creates a world of imagination. I have stopped my horse from rocking, more for presentation aspects but I must admit that looking at the piece I am transported back to the joy when I had a rocking horse. This piece was also part of a show that went to New York
stop being funny - 2009 (SOLD)
stop being funny
I am sure I said this any number of times as a teacher! This piece is also a combination of the policeman from the “journeys” piece ( Inspired exhibition) and the clown which I made recently. The clown looked good but didn’t have any relationship with anything else so there was no story and I think this combination is a stronger piece with more interaction between the parts. The story…? Drama, comedy?