Phil Neary

What inspires your art practice?
I try to find character in the place where I am exhibiting. So for NZ Sculpture on Shore it’s a great opportunity to think of the magnificent costal view as a backdrop to the potential of making a sculpture with a nautical theme. The man who wore the lucky red socks and sailed on the Hauraki Gulf before us all with joy and success. The same man “turned his focus to pursue his passion in protecting and caring for the environment, embarking on a mission to show people how beautiful and unique the world is”. He is part of the inspiration to making this artwork.

What materials do you work in?
Clay, Plaster, Wax, Cast Bronze, Patina, Wood, Steel, Stainless Steel.

Briefly describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2018.
This sculpture is a beacon to the challenger/defender tradition of sportsmanship. Over the past several years I have chipped away at making this sculpture. One element of this sculpture is a bronze copy of the Auld Mug. It’s by no means perfect but it’s not meant to be. The trophy is hoisted up by a leading bronze anchor. The anchors are more hopping and skipping rather than bedding into the ground. It’s a team effort.

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