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    2019 - 04.21

    Peter Steller with the bronze cast of his wooden sculpture Flamenco Fire, inspired by a flamenco dance performance at QPAC. Photos by Chris McCormack
    Nanjing Night Net

    Peter Steller s wooden sculpture Twirling through the Forest to be exhibited at the Brisbane Sculpture Festival on May 15 to 17.

    Peter Steller’s wooden sculpture ‘She’ to be entered in to the Brisbane Sculpture Festival on May 15 to 17. Photo by Chris McCormack

    WELLINGTON Point wood sculptor Peter Steller puts his heart and soul into every piece of wood he sculpts and the results are breathtaking.

    He began his journey into the realm of art 13 years ago when he took up woodturning.

    After a while he grew bored with woodturning and craved something more in his work.

    “After you have turned a few hundred bowls, a bowl is a bowl is a bowl is a bowl,” he said.

    “I started cutting out sections in the bowls and entered that in the RNA competition and won first prize.

    “It’s just one of those things that you gradually morph into.”

    Peter, a retired physiotherapist, said he had an appreciation for the form of the human body.

    “That’s why I like to make things now that always have a sense of movement,” he said.

    “It is the essence of the sculpture and it has got to be seen from different angles.”

    Peter said he had found inspiration from a number of influences, including a performance he went to at QPAC called Flamenco Fire.

    “Just a phenomenal performance and I could not get over how beautiful it was,” he said.

    “It was the swishing of the shawls, the dresses and the stamping of the feet and jumping in the air and the like.”

    That performance inspired his award-winning sculpture Flamenco Fire.

    His favourite woods to work with were from jacaranda and Moreton Bay fig trees.

    “To me the Moreton Bay fig is the essence of Queensland,” he said.

    “It is a beautiful tree on the outside, but inside the tree is even more beautiful.”

    Peter enjoyed entering competitions because it helped him improve his work.

    “Competition picks out your flaws and you can build on that,” he said.

    “Each year I think ‘what can I do now that is even better?’.”

    Peter said he would enter six of his sculptures in the upcoming Brisbane Sculpture Festival at Mount Coot-tha Botanical Gardens Auditorium.

    His work can be viewed from 10am to 4pm daily from Friday, May 15 to Sunday, May 17.

    This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

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