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Antony Symons

International Friendship Sculpture Garden

 

CSU Bathurst 2005

Charles Sturt University
Bathurst Campus (2005)

Antony Symons

Best known for his iconic bronze public sculptures such as the “Lithgow Flash” (Olympian Marjorie Jackson) Antony Symons’ (1942-2018) creative output expressed itself through a remarkable diversity of mediums and styles. The body of his work includes paintings in oil, watercolours, pastel works, etchings, woodcuts and monoprints, in addition to a spectacular group of sculpture in bronze and other materials – many of which were cast using the lost wax method in the artist’s own foundry.

The Marjorie Jackson bronze cast sculpture was but one of Antony Symons many creations considered true works of art

The Marjorie Jackson bronze cast sculpture was but one of Antony Symons many creations considered true works of art

Portrait of the artists father 1969

Portrait of the artists father 1969

 

Kookaburra

Kookaburra

Antony Symons "Man & Dog" Antony Symons - "Man & Dog" The last major work by the artist, a larger than life plaster model ready for bronze casting

Antony Symons “Man & Dog” Antony Symons – “Man & Dog” The last major work by the artist, a larger than life plaster model ready for bronze casting

Many of Antony’s works are now on display at The Old Lithgow Pottery School of Art – Stable Gallery

Timeline

biography

education

  • Adelaide School of Arts 1954
  • Only child student of Desiderius Ordan, Ordan Studio Sydney 1954-1959
  • Studied sculpture under Linden Dadswell in 1966 and Robert Klippel 1967
  • Paros International School of Arts, Greece 1978
  • Twelve month study in Greece and Italy 1978-1979
  • Advanced Certificate (Sculpture) East Sydney Technical College 1979-1983

work experience

  • Resident Sculptor – Victor Cusack’s Fine Art Bronze Foundry 1987 – 1988
  • Resident Sculptor and Director – Rydal Bronze Sculptures and Foundry 1989 to present

exhibitions

  • One man exhibitions at various galleries 1974, 1979, 1983, 1992, 1993, 1997 & 1998
  • Dubbo Regional Gallery – ‘The Zoo and Other Themes’ – artist in residence and one man show of drawings, paintings and bronzes – February 1996
  • Lake Macquarie City Gallery – ‘Powerful Animals’ – invited to exhibit works of sculpture and paintings – March 1997
  • Orange Regional Gallery – exhibition of 26 bronze sculptures – September 1997
  • Bathurst Regional Gallery – ‘Access Show’ – invitation to regional artists. Two recent sculptures on display – December 1998

collections

  • John Olsen – the artist’s private collection – 4 bronze sculptures and paintings
  • Dubbo Regional Gallery – permanent collection – 3 bronzes
  • Dennis Dinopoulos – Athens, Greece – oil paintings and watercolours
  • Matthew Head – Windsor NSW – sculptures and watercolours

commissions

  • Aberdeen Lions Club 1984 – life size concrete horse
  • East Sydney Technical College 1984 – monument to the International Year of Youth – Meditation
  • Lithgow City Council 1985 – monument for the International Year of Peace. Endeavour Park, Lithgow
  • A.V. Jennings Pty Ltd – 1984 – life size bronze sculpture of Governor John Hunter, plus 2 wrought iron figurative panels – Camden NSW
  • Cowra Shire Council – 1994 – bronze sculpture memorial for the 50th anniversary of the Cowra Breakout – Cowra NSW
  • Arts Out West – 1995 – Cup of Inspiration – cast in bronze, 20 awarded for merit at the 20th anniversary awards dinner 1995
  • Horstmans Concrete Pty Ltd – 1996 – Shire Draft Horse – life size concrete sculpture – Orange NSW
  • Private commission – 1998 – bronze sculpture bust of Helen Lambrakis in the town of Kriovrisi – Peleponissos Greece.
  • Lithgow City Council – 1999 – life size bronze sculpture of ‘The Lithgow Flash’ – Marjorie Jackson – Lithgow NSW
  • Bathurst Chifley Memorial Project – bas-relief sculpture – unveiled in Alan Morse Park, Bathurst on the 50th anniversary of the death of Ben Chifley

publications

  • Sydney Morning Herald – 2nd April 1976 – ‘Art for the Worker’ by Rosanne Robertson.
  • The Saturday Centre, Cammeray NSW – 1985 – ‘Skies Turned Green’ by Dennis Dinopoulos, illustrations by Antony Symons.
  • Prime Television – 1993 – ‘Arts Out West’ documentary on Rydal Studios by Liz Bastian.
  • The Land – 29th December 1994 – ‘Back to the Bronze Age’ – full page article by Kellie Penfold.
  • Weekend Liberal – 10th February 1996 – ‘Yearnings of the Wanderer’ a review by the director of the Dubbo Regional Gallery – Rene Sutherland.

teaching appointments

  • 1975 – 1976 Australia Council grant to conduct art workshops and exhibitions in factories in Sydney.
  • 1985 – Central West Community College 10 week evening course in sculpture.
  • 1996 – Charles Sturt University Bathurst Art Workshop for senior school students ‘Lost Wax Sculptures in Bronze’
  • Rydal Bronze Sculptures regular professional tuition for numerous established artists.
Antony Symons teaching in the early 1970s

Antony Symons teaching in the early 1970s

Crab

Crab

World GAIA friendship sculpture garden

Now Closed to the Public

Antony Symons the sculptor defined the purpose of the garden as being GAIA (ancient greek word for the Mother Earth Goddess) Friendship.

“A sculpture garden should strengthen the mind and the heart.”

The Marjorie Jackson bronze cast sculpture was but one of Antony Symons many creations considered true works of art

Many of Antony’s works are now on display at The Old Lithgow Pottery School of Art – Stable Gallery