Cal is an artisan stonemason with over 30 years of experience specialising in the ancient form of dry stone installation. Cal learned to love the natural beauty and recognise the myriad textures and colours that stone held. For many years Cal had the vision of creating sculptural works and commenced when he discovered a specific vein of sandstone containing unique colour characteristics.
Cal sculpts predominately in Australian Grampians sandstone. His creative practise led him to the invention of intricarving. Or intricate carving.
Each sculpture utilises the unique features found in the hundreds of individual stone pieces that Cal reassembles into new patterns and forms. The artist process is one of contemplation.
The initial large-scale works led to smaller, ‘portable’ sculptures. The first portable sculpture, Stone River #6 death adder.
Cal’s body of work continues to expand and currently includes; The Andamooka Tiger, 888, The Cube, a series of eights Planets from galaxy Z and The Hedron pyramid series.
Cal sculpts full-time from his open-air studio in the opal mining town of Andamooka, South Australia.
Every sculpture has an authenticating brass plaque handmade by metal worker Ben Feyen.
Cal collaborates with a variety of artists to bring his visions to life.
The Andamooka Tiger
Is the latest in the artists sculpture series. A life size red and cream-gold Grampians sandstone sculpture featuring Andamooka rainbow matrix opal claws, teeth and tail tip. A black matrix opal nose and honey potch opal eyes with blue pupils
888 is an inverted red and cream-gold Grampians sandstone cube set into a 370mm square, 70mm high fiddle back red gum base. The sculpture is balanced on a specifically designed 888mm tall red powder-coated aluminium stand which deliberately reflects Chinese roofing architecture. The number 8 and two versions of the Chinese symbol 8 are made into three upper 300mm square faces. 888 is an indoor sculpture.
The Cube is a one-off piece and the first foray into miniature abstract stone sculptures. While it may look deceptively simple, a closer look will reveal hundreds of individual pieces of stone assembled into a myriad of both colour and linear detail. In undertaking The Cube, the sculptor experimented with the concept of the much larger Stoner River to see how it would translate into a considerably more compact size.
The Planets from Galaxy Z
Are a sculpture series named after the sculptors’ son, inspired by the musical soundscapes and visual artistry associated with space rock. Cal began constructing the galaxy of planets in 2014. Uniquely individual red and cream-gold Grampians sandstone orbs perched on reclaimed timber plinths. Each planet contains natural and formed features that continue to be uncovered with every viewing. The Planets translate the imagery of outer space through stone, timber and steel. The planets can be presented individually as feature pieces or exhibited in groups as solar systems.
The Planets of Galaxy Z include; Planet Zep, Planet Zod, Planet Zil, Planet Zor, Planet Zoe, Planet Zoz, Planet Zog and Planet Zye.
There are three sculptures in the Hedron series. Faces restored to life in geometrical form; Hedron Resurrection, Hedron II alien insect and Hedron III (sold).
Hedron Resurrection and Hedron II alien insect feature the beautiful greys, golds, purples and reds of Mount Angus Sandstone. Hedron III is constructed in the artists signature red and cream-gold Victorian Grampians sandstone.
The Hedron series are indoor sculptures.
Stone River series
Stone rivers are a series of wall features and sculptures made from a vein of beautiful red and cream-gold Australian Grampians sandstone. The walls vary in size and scale, from solid permanent installations to portable pieces. The process of assembling a pile of stone pieces into rivers of colours and shapes depicting a myriad of features and landscapes can take anywhere between 4-12 weeks, depending on the scale of the work undertaken.
Sculptures in the stone river series include; stone river #4 (sold) and two portable works; stone river #7 phoenix and cat (pictured) and stone river #6 death adder
Stone rivers make the perfect landscape or architectural feature.
Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show Sculptors Exhibition curated by the Association of Sculptors Victoria 2017
Herring Island Summer Arts Festival curated by Association of Sculptors Victoria Jan-Feb 2017
March 2014 Live installation of Stone River #6
March 2015 Debut of The Cube
March 2016 Live installation of new sculptural work Hedron Resurrection and a solar system of Planets from Galaxy Z
March 2017 Live installation of new sculptural work 888
The Laneway Artspace, St Kilda (formerly The Sandpit) curated by Artistic Director Geoffrey Williams
February-April 2015. Live installation, Stone River #7 – Phoenix and Cat. The second portable Stone River was assembled onsite in The Laneway Artspace courtyard over six weeks of summer
Pumpkin Lane Gallery, St Kilda
Planet Zod purchased by Lisa and Jaromir Krejcik, curators of the Pumpkin Lane gallery
Cal’s works have also been exhibited at Kuki in Trentham, Victoria