|Steel Car Parts Sculpture|
|28 x 66cm|
When James Corbett was a small boy in an equally small Redcliffe school, his young class mates, seeing his ability to draw, would matter of factly claim that he would be an artist when he grew up.
James never really believed that, until at 36 he began to weld together a collection of junk car parts. He had rediscovered a dormant talent. At the time he owned a motor wrecking business, and so disgarded car parts were the obvious raw ingredients to feed his reawakening desire to create. Within eighteen months the wrecking business was gone and James was indeed an artist. ?I used to be telling my young sons to make the most of their various talents, and then suddenly it was time for me to lead by example? says James. ?The reason that I create these sculptures is simply because I can, and because I can I believe that it would be wrong of me not to. My works are so life like that it?s easy to overlook what they?re made from?.
The animals have personalities that defy their inanimate foundations, whilst the pilots of cars and motorcycles appear to revel in their lust for speed. James has no trouble portraying a speed demon, having himself competed on two or four wheels for more than half of his 45 years. ?It?s a real addiction? he says.
James? sculptures are to be found in collections both corporate and private throughout Australia. One of his favourite pieces, a life size Orang-utan has gone to San Francisco, others to New Zealand, Switzerland, Singapore, England & the U.S.A. He has had more than twelve solo exhibitions and displayed his work in Germany and the U.S.A. His exhibition at Watling Gallery at Southport is his first on the Gold Coast....To Enquire please contact Watling Galleries on 07 5531 4781.