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Peter Schipperheyn

School:Whitefriars College

Year: 1968-73

Genre: Visual Arts - Sculptor

Acclaimed as Australia’s pre – eminent sculptor in marble of the human figure, Peter Schipperheyn has travelled annually to the marble quarries of Carrara Italy, since being awarded an Italian government scholarship in 1979. Largely self taught he has dedicated himself to mastering the difficult medium of carving marble. His art and vision is wholly inspired by the great figurative traditions in Western art: his delicate drawings reflect an extraordinary sensitivity for the human figure, whilst his majestic marble sculptures are expressions of the grandeur and vision that aspire to the greatest European traditions. He is currently unique in Australia; no other living Australian artist has so totally dedicated himself to seeking a truly contemporary expression of Western arts most inspired tradition. Peter Schipperheyn’s work expresses hope, sensitivity, classicism, contemporaneity: it shows above all that the fundamental concerns and emotions of mankind, like great art, transcend time. His achievements, awards, commissions are too numerous to list here in full, but to name a few. He has carved in marble a relief panel honoring Dame Joan Sutherland [Sydney Town Hall]. A Baptismal Font for Saint Stephan’s Cathedral, Brisbane. This font is one the most significant religious works commissioned by the Catholic church in decades. For Notre Dame University in Fremantle he produced 14 “Stations of the Cross” in bronze. He created an “Eternal Flame” made in Australian granite for the Holocaust Centre in Glen Eira, Melbourne. In 1992 he was awarded one of the Australia’s most prestigious art awards the “Wynne Prize” for two enormous heads carved in Carrara marble held at the Art Gallery of Sydney. His work can be found in public and private collections throughout Australia and in U.S.A., Europe and Asia. In 1996 McClelland sculpture Gallery and the Dame Elizabeth Murdoch Sculpture Fund commissioned a four metre tall sculpture of a male figure in bronze for the collection entitled “Thus Spake Zarathustra”.

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