Walter Yeoman


Walter Yeoman

What inspires your art practice?
Sadness is somewhere in the depths of my psyche and I rescue myself every time I involve myself in creativity. Art can motivate us to feel better, it can right wrongs, make statements, move, inspire, desire - it is a powerful motivator, communicator. Picasso’s Dove, Jeff Koon’s Puppy, Man Ray’s lips, Hans Bellmer’s erotism, Cai Guo-Qiang’s ephemeral explosive smoke paintings, all astound us time and time again. Techno, soup cans and coffee - the ideas are what influence and inspire me to reach down, open my head and stir what’s inside to create. It is a journey.

What materials do you work in?
I studied sculpture at Rudolf Steiner College in the UK. I worked with well-known artists using wood, ceramics, plaster and stone. In the 90’s I worked as a printmaker in London specializing in photographic processes platinum & carbon printing, using photographic processes and materials. I reside in Waipu, Northland where I create art - techno and sculpture using sound and wood.

Describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2021
In mathematics an inflection is the point of change when a curvature moves from convex to concave. In music it is the slight variation of a pitch. A modulation of intonation or pitch in the voice. Linearity, repetition, light, shadows and shape. Inflection is a repetition of linear forms with a nuance of curvature to create form and visual effect between the elements. The Corten steel construction enables the sculpture to have thin simple elegant  blades while being strong and durable for outdoor installation. Over time the material will oxidise to a dark matt brown surface.

Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZSOS?
Motukiekie Is, Bay of Islands; Ngataringa Park, North Shore

Sculptures by Walter Yeoman

NZ Sculpture OnShore Returns 2021

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