John Mulholland


John Mulholland

What inspires your art practice?
Moments of inspiration come like gifts from a deep place, rising in a wellspring
of creativity. I put myself in the way of this flow through the investigation of thoughts, words, objects and sounds, allowing one to influence the other. Eventually, a raw idea is born, ready for refinement.

What materials do you work in?
I use new and found materials, and objects, to create works within a conceptual framework. Steel, aluminium, copper, wood, stone, movement, sound, light, words - all play a part.

Describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2021
Those things beyond the limits of ordinary experience in human culture often give rise to artistic imitation, revealing otherwise intangible truth or states. This sculpture is an adaptation derived from Japanese and Zulu culture, suggesting a mythology in which the destruction of ignorance is the gift of the Lightning Bird’s sudden illumination.

Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZSOS?
While most of my works are held in private or corporate collections, Time and Tide and Airborne, both larger scale public artworks, can be seen at Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens and Moana Reserve respectively.

Where did you study?
My experience has incorporated family, music, architectural and structural design, building and the study of Art Theory at the University of Canterbury.

Sculptures by John Mulholland

NZ Sculpture OnShore Returns 2021

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