Artist Creative Process
Dave Hickson Born in New Zealand in 1971, I lived in Auckland, Canterbury and Singapore before immigrating to Australia to live in Sydney's Inner West in 1997. I have lived on the New South Wales Far North Coast since 2008. I majored in sculpture at the National Art School in Sydney, winning the Julian Beaumont Sculpture Prize in 2002, and graduating with honours in 2003. In 2005 I studied Education at the University of Technology in Sydney (UTS) and am now a sculpture teacher at the North Coast Institute of TAFE. I work out of my studio in Ocean Shores. I use sculpture, photography and drawing to research concepts expressed in figuration and abstraction. I have worked with welded steel, wood and clay. I have shown sculpture in exhibitions over the last eighteen years and have been shown in the Swell Sculpture Festival five times and the Byron Writers Festival sculpture exhibition four times. Study 2002 Bachelor of Fine Arts. Majoring in Sculpture. Winner of the Julian Beaumont Sculpture Prize. National Art School, Sydney 2003 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Honours in Sculpture. National Art School, Sydney 2005 Graduate Diploma of Education (Visual Arts). University of Technology, Sydney 2006 Printmaking Workshop. Musée Carnavalet, Paris, France 2011 CERT IV in Training and Assessment (TAE), North Coast Institute of TAFE, NSW 2017 St Ives School of Painting - Painting workshop - St Ives, Cornwall, UK Solo Shows 2018 May - CUBE, Byron Shire Council, mini solo exhibition, Mullumbimby, NSW 2014 August - CUBE, Byron Shire Council, mini solo exhibition, Mullumbimby, NSW 2013 March - April. New York, Barcelona, Murwillumbah, at Tweed Regional Gallery, Murwillumbah, NSW. Dave travelled to Spain, Singapore and the USA in 2012. Photos and drawings from this trip and sculptures inspired by these images, and by the architectural landscape of the Northern Rivers were in this show. Group Shows/Commissions 2019 Aug - Serpentine Gallery, LACE Show, Lismore, NSW 2019 Aug - Ocean Shores Art Exhibition, Ocean Shores, NSW 2019 Aug - Byron Writers Festival sculpture exhibition, Byron Bay, NSW 2019 May - Salaam Exhibition, Grafton Regional Gallery, NSW 2019 May - Murwillumbah Art Trail - Murwillumbah TAFE staff exhibition 2018 Nov - Coraki Art Prize, Coraki, NSW 2018 Sept – Swell Sculpture Festival, finalist. Exhibited at Currumbin Beach, QLD 2018 Sept – Ocean Shores Art Expo, Ocean Shores, NSW 2018 Jun- Northern Rivers Community Gallery, Ballina. Waterfalls show 2018 April - Border Art Prize, Tweed Regional Gallery/MART space, Murwillumbah 2018 Feb - Lismore TAFE, Staff Show, Lismore, NSW In 2019 I curated the Salaam Exhibition at the Grafton Regional Gallery. The exhibition raised over $6000 to send to the victims of the Christchurch Mosque attacks.
This work was originally shown at the Byron Writers Festival as two standing figures made from six, weathered, hard wood posts combined with circular pipes made of steel. Inside the shapes sit ceramic figures. For Ingenuity, I wouldn’t include the small ceramic figures, but I would convert the sculpture into a single figure with a seat attached. This would be called a “Yarning Seat” and is to encourage communication between individuals in our community. Tell a story, ask a question, take time to chat and listen.