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BRUCE RADKE

 
 
Bruce Radke Sculptor Australia
Bruce Radke
Born in Queensland, Bruce spent his formative years living around the northern perimeter of Australia - from Brisbane to Thursday Island, Gladstone,and Darwin. His first decade of working life was as a geologist in exploration, research, and coastal marine studies. These offered immersion into the worlds of the Kimberleys, Central Australian deserts, Arnhem Land, Great Barrier Reef, the South Pacific islands and New Guinea.
 
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Qwion 2010
250cm H x 260 x 120cm
After receiving a PhD (Geology) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York in 1978, he turned to study sculpture at the Canberra School of Art in 1983 and has since worked between the contrasts of making sculpture and investigating geological issues. His studio is now in the Braidwood district of the Southern Tablelands, Australia and his practice is driven by a fascination in allowing the unconscious to manifest expression through the process of making sculpture.
 
Bruce has exhibited widely within Australia, as well as in Denmark, China and Malaysia. He has been an invited artist-in-residence in Kuala Lumpur and Kuching, Malaysia and has taught at Lasalle-SIA, Singapore. Since 2003, he has participated repeatedly in Sculpture by the Sea at Bondi and Cottesloe, Australia, and Aarhus, Denmark.
 
Qwion of 2010, he hopes is an emulation of the elegance and poise imbued in the dancing forms of the paintings of this unknown people. Elements of the sculpture have direct references in form to the clutch of boomerangs they often held, sashes off their waists and upper arms, as well as boat forms.  On the painted underside surfaces of the sculpture, as in overhangs of rock galleries, are subtle images of the Bradshaw Paintings which are best seen in subdued light.  In direct sunlight these figures come vibrantly alive, but in shadow they almost entirely evade detection.
 
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