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His art and vision
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Since then, Peter has completed numerous commissions and won very prestigious prizes including the Wynne prize. His work is held in private collections in Australia and overseas. One Canadian collector used to fly over for his exhibitions and always made purchases. Many of his major works were public and institutional commissions but his first breakthrough was a commission received from a person called Laurie Matheson and was called S/he. Other private commissions followed, unfortunately they are not available for public viewing, although some are sometimes borrowed for special occasions. People living in Perth area can view his “Stations of the Cross” at the Catholic University in Fremantle. The Brisbane Catholic Cathedral, St Stevens, has a beautiful baptismal font quite different to any other. “Homage to Joan Sutherland” is in the Sydney Town Hall and the two large heads, which earned him the Wynne Prize, belong to the Gallery of N.S.W. A beautiful “ Mother and child”, a 10 foot high sculpture in marble, is at the Sydney Children’s hospital. In Melbourne. His sculptures are in the National Gallery of Victoria, the Concert Hall and on the St Kilda foreshore. The St. Patricks Cathedral, The Catholic University in Melbourne, White Friars College, the Holocaust Museum in Elsternwick. An early piece, a Giant hand and walking stick (made from a telephone pole ) is attached to the wall of a Council building in Kew. There are many others, which can be viewed at his web site:

Peter’s preferred medium is marble, with bronze his second choice. Occasionally he uses other materials such as granite, hydro stone, resin and nickle plated bronze. The choice of medium is sometimes determined by its availability, at other times it is the subject matter. When he uses marble he removes stone to expose the sculpture, for a large bronze Peter first builds a model in clay.! For very small bronzes he has used wax and is experimenting with other materials. There are people who feel uncomfortable when faced with nudity, even when it is a sculpture, Peter has been asked why he does not clothe his figures. Peter’s response to this is that he prefers to work in the Western tradition although that is not always possible and, to clothe the figures would tie them down to a time and place or a particular culture. Not all Peter’s sculptures are of nudes but most have as subject matter the human figure very much in the Greco-Roman tradition and culture. The Director of the N.S.W. Gallery, Edmund Capon describes Peter and his work as follows.

”Peter Schipperheyn’s art and vision is wholly inspired by the great figurative traditions in Western Art: his delicate drawings reflect an extraordinary sensitivity for the human figure, whilst his majestic marble sculptures are expressions of the grandeur and vision that aspire to the greatest European traditions. He is currently unique in Australia; no other living Australian artist has so totally dedicated himself to seeking a truly contemporary expression of Western arts most inspired tradition”
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