Newcastle Region Art Gallery collection
Although John Turier was born in Sydney he has lived and worked in Newcastle since 1976. Recently Turier has moved away from cast metal forms towards construction in timber and cloth, with the addition of found materials. Bat Bat combines found marine materials with the delicacy of silk stretched across a timber carapace to make a whirly gig. This work exemplifies Turier’s capacity to balance whimsy with a poetic sensibility.
Central Coast Adventist School
I created my artwork from discarded and found objects – seed pods, old tools and unwanted fabric, among other things. Cast away is a play on words, describing the cast-off mediums I used, as well as ‘shipwrecked person’. The work was inspired by my interest and involvement in boating and water sports, and my other passion for woodworking and creating things with my hands enabled me to combine both of my interests.
ARTEXPRESS ED KIT_Turier-Fehlberg (1.7 MB pdf)