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Artist profile

Location Wollongong

Artist Type Semi Professional

Summary

Mask artist working both performance through the Phoenix Theatre and art masks as Theatre Visage 40 years experience in the field of masks, credits with OZ Opera, Sydney Theatre Company and several galleries.

  • About

    As a practicing mask artist with a focus on theatre work but have exhibited here and overseas with art masks, my work is in several collections and has been used in professional film and stage work. Influenced by European and Asian mask techniques.

    I work in all mediums preferring plastics and paper over wood and ceramic. They can be either highly decorative and ornate or earthy and tribal.

    I do not do "horror masks" and avoid part masks.

    I do mask work as art for the face and spiritual presence for contemplation, am currently involved in research for the deeper meaning of mask, and am the artistic director of the Phoenix Theatre in Coniston & Theatre Visage Co.

  • Biography

    I have studied under mask master August Montreux, theatre training with Jacques Lecoq and Peter Brook, my arts training is with East Sydney Art College, Wollongong University and various private art and mask based institutions and masters. I have run the Phoenix Theatre, Coniston for the last 10 years providing access to many performance based arts practitioners. We have a commitment to providing access to artists who would otherwise have limited possibilities for access to a venue and resources.

  • Awards & Career highlights

    1982 - Study under August Montreux at the Institute de Ecole, Paris

    1983 - Study East Sydney Art College

    1988 - UOW Creative Arts Degree

    1990 - Began study in Chi Gong Ju Chinese mask arts technique

    2007 - Renovated the abandoned Bridge Street Theatre, Coniston into the Phoenix Theatre

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