Dusty Bob was first introduced to art at Elam School of Art, Auckland, New Zealand in 1944. The course was a part of his engineering degree. He then spent the rest of his working life drawing straight lines.
Upon retiring to Cairns in 1984, he planned to take up wood carving, however developed an interest in working with Chillagoe Marble. There were no professional instructional courses available at the time, so he applied my construction / engineering principles to the grinding and polishing of the marble and he did not use the traditional chisel technique. He used angle grinders and sanding disks and have found chrome platters techniques of polishing are applicable to marble and help draw out that “deep gloss”.
With stimulus from a couple of established sculptures, he commenced working on natural forms, then onto impressions of these and also pure abstraction. Dusty Bob’s animistic and abstract sculptures are representational and the forms have evolved from his life experiences and the many varied characteristics of the Chillagoe Marble. The “art”side of sculpting is so different from straight line.
On one of his larger works, “Touch Moi” (please touch me), Dusty Bob invites the viewer to feel the marble. He often described the tactile thrill of finishing a marble sculpture as being “more satisfying than the tactile experiences of youth”.
My objective is to create new, flowing, graceful, harmonious and tasteful forms.
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