“The art and vision [of Peter Schipperheyn] 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.”

Edmund Capon, Director, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1989.

Peter Schipperheyn completed his artistic training in Melbourne and Rome and in 1979 was awarded an Italian government scholarship to study marble carving at the Academia di Belle Arti, Carrara, Italy. In 1992 Schipperheyn received the Wynne Prize for two enormous heads carved from Carrara marble. Major commissions include a relief panel honoring Dame Joan Sutherland for the Sydney Town Hall, a baptismal font for Saint Stephan’s Cathedral, Brisbane, fourteen “Stations of the Cross” in bronze for the Notre Dame University in Freemantle and an “Eternal Flame”, made from Australian granite, for the Holocaust Centre, Melbourne. In 2003 the McClelland Sculpture Gallery and Dame Elizabeth Murdoch Sculpture Fund commisioned a major bronze sculpture, entitled “Thus Spake Zarathustra”. His work can be found in public and private collections throughout Australia and in U.S.A., Europe and Asia.

Education

1975

Started training in painting and drawing at Caulfield Institute of Technology

1976

Traveled to Europe

Lived in Rome for nine months

Attended Academia di Belle Arti, Roma

1978

Graduated with Diploma of Fine Art from Caulfield Institute of Technology

Awarded Abercrombie Sculpture Prize for a commission for monumental sculpture “Senility”

Awarded Camberwell Rotary Prize for Painting

H.F.C. Drawing Prize

Dandenong Festival Drawing Prize

1979 – 1980

Italian Government Scholarship. Studied Marble carving at “Accademia di Belle Arti di Carrara” (Italy)

Exhibitions

Selected Shows

2014

‘Peter Schipperheyn – Recent Works in Marble & Bronze’, Mossgreen Gallery, Melbourne.

2013

‘Fine Australian Sculpture’ – Group Exhibition, Mossgreen Gallery, Melbourne.

1996

19th and 20th Century Australian Painting and Sculpture Decorative Arts Lauraine Diggins Fine Art

1995

Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales

1992

Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales

1985

Melbourne University Gallery, ‘Renaissance References’

The Frederick R. Wiseman Travelling Collection (ongoing worldwide travelling exhibition of sculpture paintings and graphics)

1983

The Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales

1979

Caulfield Arts Centre ‘Victoria Sculptors’

Collections/Commissions

Public Collections

2004 – 2006

The McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park Langwarrin Victoria

2005

“Figure Femminile” large scale sculpture in marble permanent collection of McClelland Gallery

2001

St Patricks Cathedral Melbourne Victoria

2000

The Australian Catholic University, Melbourne Victoria

1994

The University of Notre Dame, Indiana U.S.A.

The University of Notre Dame, Fremantle W.A.

1992

The Art Gallery of New South Wales

1991

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

1990

St Stephen’s Catholic Cathedral, Brisbane

1988

Town Hall, Sydney

The Moree Plains Gallery, Moree, New South Wales

Sydney Town Hall

1987

St Kilda City Council, Melbourne

Mt Macedon Cemetery, Macedon, Victoria

Frederick Wiesman Collection, Los Angeles, USA

1986

Victorian State Theatre, Melbourne

1985

Kew City Council, Melbourne

1983

Geelong Art Gallery, Victoria

1979

Commune di Carrara, Carrara, Italy

Private Collections

  1. Australia

  2. U.S.A.

  3. Canada

  4. Italy

  5. France

  6. Netherlands

  7. England

  8. Belgium

  9. Germany

  10. Brunei

  11. Singapore

Commissions

2011 – 2014

‘Grocon’ – Monumental five meter high bronze sculpture of William Barak (Wurundjeri leader)

2011 – 2013

‘Three Runners’ bronze sculptures of the Merv Lincoln, Ron Clark and Ralph Doubell commissioned by Lindsay Fox, Melbourne High, Melbourne.

2012

‘Madonna’ Notre Dame University, Perth. Comprising of twenty sculptures as commemorative graduation gifts

2009 – 2012

Commissioned by Richard Melzac to commemorate Chiam Nachman Bialik for Bialik College, Melbourne.

2007

2007 – 2008

‘Cyrus the Great’,Persian Cultural Institute Foundation comprising of twenty-five sculptures.

2007

‘Hands of Zarathustra’commissioned by Jim and Philippa Davern, Statuario marble.

2007

‘Eros, commissioned by Simon Meadmore – Statuario Marble

2006

‘Urbanica’commissioned by Daniel Grollo – Sculpture in bronze.

2006

‘Zarathustra’ commissioned by Dame Elizabeth Murdoch Sculprure Foundation, installed at McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery, Langwarrin

2000

‘Male Figure with Mask of Tragedy’, ‘Female Figure with Mask of Comedy’ colossal figures, Westin Hotel City Square, Melbourne

‘Madonna and Child’, life-size bronze figures, commissioned by Whitefriars College

‘Madonna and Child’, commission for Australian Catholic University, Melbourne

Grave Piece for G. Powell

1997

Relief carvings to the new altar St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne

Portrait of Phyllis M Gration A. M. and “Lady Nell” founder of the Seeing Eye Dog School

1996

Processional Cross commissioned by Notre Dame, Fremantle

1995

‘Autumn Leaves’ commissioned by Mr James Davern

Portrait bust of Peter Garrett

Female torso commissioned by Mr Simon Peck, Melbourne

1993

Portrait of Nobel Prize Laureate Patrick White

1991

Portrait of Sir Eric Westbrook, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

1989

Baptismal font and wall sculpture commissioned for the new Baptistery of St. Stephen’s Catholic Cathedral, Brisbane

1988

‘Puara Del’ Intimta’, purchased by Cultural Foundation of the Moree Art Gallery in New South Wales with the assistance of the Myer Foundation d Mr. Sinclair Hill

1987

Sydney City Council, commemorative sculpture to Dame Joan Sutherland, Sydney Town Hall

Private commission, sculpture for the late Laurie Matheson

1983

‘Clydesdale Horse’ sculpture commissioned by the Carlton & United Breweries for the State Theatre Building at the Victorian Arts Centre in Melbourne

1981

Private Commission for “S..HE” monumental work in marble for Mr. Laurie Matheson

‘Madonna’ sculpture commissioned by the Carmelite Order for the Whitefriars College, Melbourne

 

Awards/Grants

Hide Awards

2008

Commission Simon Meadmore sculpture for garden in Carrara marble. Carving works in marble preparing for one man show

2007

Commission from the Persian Cultural Foundation “Cyrus the Great” works sent to various locations around the world including USA France and Britain

2006

Installed largest male bronze in Australia, Commission Dame Elizabeth Murdoch Sculpture Fund Four metre tall sculpture in bronze “Thus Spake Zarathustra”

2005

Installed to McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park “Torso Femminile” sculpture in Carrara Marble 2.8 mtre high 6 tons

1999

Selected to decorate Cello for “The Artful Cello” Exhibition, Victorian Arts Centre. Portraits of Children, Private commission

1998

“Eternal Flame” sculpture in granite for Holocaust Museum Melbourne. Commission “Peter Pan” fountain private collection Rockhampton

1997

Carved panels for the new altar, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne

Portrait of Phyllis M Gration, A. M. Gration, and “Lady Nell” founder of the Lady Nell Seeing Eye Dog School

1996

Relief Panels in fiberglass executed for Village Roadshow for cinema complex’s in Singapore, Jam Factory, and Melbourne Casino

Processional Cross-for the Chapel at Notre Dame University

1995

Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

1994 – 1996

“Stations of the Cross” fourteen relief panels in bronze Notre Dame University, Fremantle

1994

Commenced monumental work “Figure Femminile”

Commission “Our Lady Sculpture” Notre Dame University Fremantle

1993

Commission Portrait of Patrick White, Noble Prize laureate

Portrait Commission, Australian of the Year for National Australia Day Council

1992

Awarded “Wynne Prize”, winning works (two colossal heads in marble purchased for collection of Art Gallery of New South Wales

Wynne Prize Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, for Maschera Maschio, Maschera Femmina

1991

Commission portrait of Sir Eric Westbrook for the National Gallery of Victoria

1990

Commission portrait of Mr. Bruno Grollo in marble, Melbourne

1989

Commission for St Stephen’s Cathedral in Brisbane of a new Baptismal Font for the Baptistery

1987

Commissioned by the Sydney City Council to create a commemorative work for Dame Joan Sutherland’s 60th Birthday to be located in the Sydney Town Hall

Commissioned to do a grave piece for the late Laurie Matheson at Mt. Macedon Cemetery

Commissioned monumental work with assistance from Mr Ken Myer “PAURA DEL’ INTIMITA” for the Moree Plains Gallery, N.S.W.

1983

Awarded Individual Artist Development Grant from the Victorian Ministry for the Arts

Commissioned by Jack Chia “MOTHER AND CHILD” monumental work for No. 1 Collins Street, Melbourne

Commissioned by Carlton & United Breweries to do a sculpture “THE CLYDESDALE HORSE” for the Victorian State Theatre Building, Melbourne

Commissioned by Returned Service League for a 3 metre high sculpture for the Alfred Square, St Kilda.

Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

1981

Commission for “S..HE” monumental work in marble

Commissioned to carve a “MADONNA” for Carmelite Order, Melbourne

1979

Awarded Italian Government scholarship

1978

Awarded, Camberwell Rotary Prize for Painting

H.F.C. Drawing Prize

Dandenong Festival Drawing Prize

Abercrombie Sculpture Prize Commission for Monumental sculpture ‘SENILITY’ later renamed ‘THE GRIP OF TIME’

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