Sunday, May 10, 2015

A Lorne Australia residential sculpture garden has plenty of surprises.

Josie Browne, a high school classmate of Terry's told me that I had to check out the front yard of a neighbor of hers named Deborah. She gave me directions and I set off with my art supplies in hand. Her neighbor is a well known sculptor in Melbourne. When I got to her property, I was met by "Big Dik" and "Tits", a bull and cow whose sexuality was bright red. A ram named "Baby Tart" negotiated the space between them as they faced off. A bright pink sheep was covered in plastic forks and spoons which created a rich texture to her coat. A nude blue couple stood in the background near the entrance to the home-studio. Even the trees were alive with faces and covered in giant lady bugs.Unfortunately Josie couldn't recall Deborah's last name. My online research lead me to a Deborah Halpern, but her work has much more of a Picassoesque feel to it. My online search for "Big Dik" and "Tits" didn't result in any bovine sculptures.

Josie told me of the time she visited the sculptor for tea. She was a bit terrified at first to see the inside of the sculptor's studio. They became immediate friends and keep in touch. Awkwardly, I planted myself in the corner of Deborah's front yard to sketch. If she was home, I would just have to hope that she wouldn't mind me sketching her quirky work. Lorne Australia has a Sculpture Biennal where sculptors place their work along the long stretch of beach.  There were exciting and unexpected arts scenes like this throughout Australia.

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

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