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‘me human’ Adrian Spurr exhibition, the Gallery – St Kilda Town Hall

25 October to 22 November 2017 – Opening Thursday night 26 October 6 – 8 pm

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The head of Zeus, standing almost a metre high, king of the gods of Mount Olympus by sculptor Adrian Spurr image by Kerrie Pacholli © pationpics.com

I first met and interviewed Adrian Spurr at his St Kilda, Shakespeare Grove Studio #16 in the lead up to the St Kilda Art Crawl. Within minutes I knew I had found a local artist with a clear light connection to his environment and his art.  It was the first Saturday of the month and his studio was open to the public to coincide with the Farmers Market. The studio was busy with visitors which made taking photographs of the artworks tricky. Many of the people had been to the studio previously. In fact they regularly visited to see what new work was underway and how other works had been resolved. Adrian welcomes visitors to his stone carving sculpture studio and enjoys the conversing with all ages and particularly with visitors from other countries that come to enjoy the St.Kilda vibe.

His sculptures are iconic and dynamic. How often does one encounter a 250 kg hand carved sandstone head of Zeus? The answer is, not often! Stone carving is an art form of incalculable antiquity and few artists currently work in this medium in a figurative way. As summer approaches he will be conducting stone carving classes for no more than four people at a time to run over four consecutive weeks. The course will end with an opportunity to display work in his studio on Farmer’s Market day.

But Adrian not only cuts stone, he also assembles sculptures, some made of huge quantities of small wooden pieces that he cuts, shapes and glues together into three dimensional forms that often encrust and consume other objects associated with humanity. Some of these sculptures have over 4000 small wooden pieces painstakingly stuck together.

Being a keen recycler myself I love the fact that Adrian chooses found objects and materials to incorporate in his art and discovered that Adrian has large quantities of found material just waiting for transformation.

Originally from the UK, Adrian has lived and worked across the globe and decided to settle in St Kilda some 20 years ago. He is hugely energised by the St. Kilda dynamic and the beautiful Community Gardens and Veg Out friends where his studio is to be found. He also finds inspiration in the wide open spaces of the Wimmera, which is known for its resilience and pioneering attitude and Italy, for it’s fine art and culture.

Human foot by sculptor Adrian Spurr image by Andre Le Coz © pationpics.com

The prints that are also on display at his exhibition me human’ were made at the Sunshine Print Artspace (SPA) which is an open access print workshop and where Adrian is a co-founder and co-director. This incredible space is closely allied with the Fundere Fine Art Foundry where the four extraordinary, one and a half times life sized bronze mounted Boer War horsemen were poured. These horsemen by the sculptor Louis Laumen are now on Anzac Parade in Canberra.

I had the opportunity to work with Adrian in creating a pop up gallery at 33 Fitzroy Street St Kilda Through that rich experience I discovered that Adrian is at the top of his game as a master print maker, sculptor and educator. Significantly, I also discovered that Adrian is an energetic powerhouse and prolific creator of art with an exceptional and expansive community vision.

Punchinello Art Gallery, 33 Fitzroy St, St Kilda Open 2 – 6 Oct. 11 – 5pm

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Salvatori Lolicato @ Punchinello Art Gallery, 33 Fitzroy St, St Kilda

Where: Punchinello pop up art gallery 33 Fitzroy St, St Kilda

When: Thursday evening from 5.30 pm on 5 October.

Why: Closing celebration

Punchinello pop up art gallery located at 33 Fitzroy St, St Kilda will remain open from 2 – 6 October for your viewing a buying pleasure.

The exhibiting artists include Salvatori Lolicato, Pamella Dias, Faye De Pasqualie, Dino Damiani, Josh Birtwistle, Charles Mikula and curator and exibiting artist Adrian Spurr.

Donated by owners Jenny and Rob Semple in support of the inaugural St Kilda Art Crawl this amazing space is a successful vehicle in bringing dedicated and talented artists back to Fitzroy St and the heart of St Kilda.

We invite all art lovers, investors and local supporters to join us on Friday evening starting at 5.30 to celebrate this dynamic period in the history of Fitzroy St, St Kilda.

produced by Kerrie Pacholii © pationpics.com

filmed and edited by Andre Le Coz

Feathers and fur – St Kilda to Healesville

I get such a warm hearted feeling just looking at these beautiful souls let alone spying them out to photography. I hope you get the warm fuzzies too.

Magpie at St Kilda Botanical Gardens image by Kerrie Pacholli © pationpics.com

Crow at St Kilda Botanical Gardens image by Kerrie Pacholli © pationpics.com

Port Phillip Bay Swan because there are too many cars at Albert Park Lake image by Kerrie Pacholli © pationpics.com

Port Phillip Bay Black Swan, because there are too many cars at Albert Park Lake, image by Kerrie Pacholli © pationpics.com

Resident Rainbow Lorikeet at Port Melbourne Botanical Gardens image by Kerrie Pacholli © pationpics.com

Resident Rainbow Lorikeet at Port Melbourne Botanical Gardens image by Kerrie Pacholli © pationpics.com

Her cousin Rainbow Lorikeet taking in the sights at St Kilda beach image by Kerrie Pacholli © pationpics.com

Her cousin Rainbow Lorikeets taking in the sights at St Kilda beach image by Kerrie Pacholli © pationpics.com

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Pied Cormorants drying off  at St Kilda Pier image by Kerrie Pacholli © pationpics.com

The Crested Tern posing nicely on St Kilda Pier image by Kerrie Pacholli © pationpics.com

The Crested Tern posing nicely on St Kilda Pier image by Kerrie Pacholli © pationpics.com

Baby Torny Frog Owl camera shy at St Kilda Bontanic Gardens. A good luck omen image by Kerrie Pacholli © pationpics.com

A camera shy Baby Torny Frogmouth Owl at St Kilda Botanical Gardens.  Sighting one of these spirits is usually considered a good luck omen image by Kerrie Pacholli © pationpics.com

Koala Bear at Healesville Sanctuary image by Kerrie Pacholli © pationpics.com

Koala Bear at Healesville Sanctuary image by Kerrie Pacholli © pationpics.com

Tasmanian Devil at Healesville Sanctuary image by Kerrie Pacholli © pationpics.com

Tasmanian Devil at Healesville Sanctuary image by Kerrie Pacholli © pationpics.com

Smiling Wombat at Healesville Sanctuary image by Kerrie Pacholli © pationpics.com

Smiling Wombat at Healesville Sanctuary image by Kerrie Pacholli © pationpics.com

Skippy retired and living at Healesville Sanctuary image by Kerrie Pacholli © pationpics.com

Skippy, retired and living at Healesville Sanctuary image by Kerrie Pacholli © pationpics.com

Sherlock the Bulldog a local resident of St Kilda image by Kerrie Pacholli © pationpics.com

Sherlock the Bulldog a local resident of St Kilda image by Kerrie Pacholli © pationpics.com

Tom the Cat local St Kilda resident who passed away at 20 years of age image by Kerrie Pacholli © pationpics.com

Tom the Cat local St Kilda resident who passed away at 20 years of age RIP image by Kerrie Pacholli © pationpics.com