About

Gary Field
Gary Field 2017 – Keynote speaker at International Wood Cultural Exchange Forum, 6th China Root Carving and Art Culture Festival, Quzhou City,

Gary Field uses Australian and exotic fine timbers including Red Cedar, Huon Pine and Rose Mahogany, and carves individually designed functional forms and sculpture. The flowing, organic, convoluting shapes in his work are inspired by nature and are incorporated in jewellery boxes, bowls and sculpture.

Objects collected from the bushland and beaches of Eastern Australia are a source of creative ideas. He also finds inspiration for his work in many aspects of this country’s natural features. The seed pods, leaves, feathers, stones, bones and shells gathered serve to keep the images fresh in his mind when he returns to the workshop to create original and unusual jewellery boxes, bowls, furniture and sculpture.

Gary first makes a series of sketches or clay models before selecting the piece of timber that will become a work of art. He is environmentally conscious and has salvaged much of the raw materials himself and believes that every piece of a once living tree should be used. He especially enjoys creating boxes made from reclaimed and recycled timbers that incorporate eye catching features. His boxes can be treasured as a special keepsake or used to hold a precious item.

Gary has work in collections in Australia and overseas including Boston, Colorado, Carolina, Switzerland, France, New Zealand, Japan, London & China.

Commission enquiries are welcome .

Biography

Current Galleries

  • Maleny Art Direct, Maleny
  • Montville Woods, Montville
  • Cooroora Institute, Cooroy
  • Noosa Regional Gallery, Noosa

Publications

  • Craft Arts, 1987 – Australian Wood Review, 1996 – Australian Woodsmith, 2015
  • Print Media Profile, Pastiche Magazine

Exhibitions

  • Solo Exhibitions, 1984, 1987, 2009, 2011
  • Various Group Exhibitions to present.
  • Queensland Wildlife Artists Society “Circle of Life ” Exhibition 2012
  • Queensland Wildlife Artists Society “World of Nature ” Exhibition 2013
  • Tree Place Community Exhibition, Wan’din’in Arts Space, Eumundi 2017
  • Tree Place Community Exhibition, Noosa Regional Gallery 2018

Awards

  • “First Prize” – 2014 Wootha Prize
  • “Design Excellence Award” – 2014 Wootha Prize
  • “Encouragement Award” – 2017 Wootha Prize

Demonstrations & Classes

  • 2019 – Spoon Carving Workshops, Noosa Regional Gallery
  • 2019 – Collaboration AU, Bowral
  • 2018 – Spoon Carving Workshops, Bowl Carving Workshops, Syndicate Creative Space, Maroochydore
  • 2017 – Treeplace Exhibition, Noosa Regional Gallery
  • 2017 – Keynote speaker at International Wood Cultural Exchange Forum, Quzhou City, China
  • 2017 – December – 6th China Root Carving and Art Culture Festival, Quzhou City, China
  • 2017 – December – International Cultural Exchange, Wenzhou Special Education School, Kaihua County, China
  • 2017 – November – 2 Day Workshop teaching Spoon Carving at The Cooroora Institute, Cooroy
  • 2017 – July – 2 Day Workshop teaching Spoon Carving at The Cooroora Institute, Cooroy
  • 2017 – Treeplace Exhibition, Eumundi
  • 2016 – 2 Day Workshop teaching Spoon Carving at The Cooroora Institute, Cooroy
  • 2016 – Artist in Residence Collaboration at The Cooroora Institute, Cooroy
  • 2016 – Spoon Carving Workshop, Moogerah Dam Wood Assembly
  • 2015 – Collaboration AU, Bowral
  • 2015 – 2 Day Workshop teaching Queensland College of Art students at The Cooroora Institute, Cooroy
  • Tool and sculpture demonstrations at the Brisbane Working with Wood Show, 1999, 2000, 2001
  • Woodcarving Classes and Demonstrations at Carbatec, Brisbane, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Demonstration at Turnfest 2013, 2014, 2018
  • Demonstrations at the Maleny Wood Expo 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017
  • Demonstrations at the New Zealand International Woodturning Symposium 2014