Back by Popular Demand: Festival of Pots 2024 Guest Sculpture Bruce Winter
Bruce Winter Returning by popular demand from last year's Festival of Pots and Garden Art, we are thrilled to welcome the renowned sculptor Bruce Winter as our guest artist. Born in 1956 in Raetihi, New Zealand, Bruce's artistic journey has been shaped by a life rich in experiences. Growing up as one of six brothers and a sister, he received his education at Raetihi Primary School and Ruapehu College in Ohakune. With a global perspective, he also lived and worked in Australia and the United States during the vibrant decades of the 1970s and 80s.
Currently residing in Pinehaven, Upper Hutt, Bruce Winter is not only an accomplished artist but also a devoted family man. Married and a father of two adult children, his life experiences have added depth and meaning to his creative pursuits.
Over the course of the past two decades, Bruce has meticulously honed his skills in stone sculpture and embraced the exploration of mixed media constructions. His artistry effortlessly blends wood, stone, and metal, often infused with the essence of recycled materials that breathe new life into his creations. This unique approach serves as an inspiring wellspring for his innovative work.
Bruce's artistic footprint extends across New Zealand, with his creations gracing select galleries and local art fairs. Notably, he has achieved the remarkable feat of crafting an international masterpiece. Collaborating with Lower Hutt artist Maria Heath, he produced the captivating sculpture "Patritha," commissioned by the NZ Olympic Committee. Presented to the city of Athens, Greece, in 2004, this awe-inspiring piece now resides within the distinguished halls of the Greek Olympic Committee's headquarters.
In his creative process, Bruce Winter masterfully harnesses the emotional resonance of aged and corroded materials, infusing his works with a compelling blend of nostalgia and curiosity. While his artistic direction remains fluid and ever-evolving, his initial attraction to form, texture, and colour shapes the foundation of his creations.
At the heart of Bruce's artistic intent lies the aspiration to craft forms that not only delight the eye but also provide emotional solace. His work often represents the transformation or metamorphosis of materials from their past use or form into fresh entities. From abstract marvels to familiar compositions, each piece tells a unique story.
Continuously driven by his thirst for innovation, Bruce Winter perpetually broadens the horizons of his creative work. His journey is marked by a steadfast commitment to embracing new materials and uncharted artistic directions, ensuring that his creations remain vibrant, fresh, and perpetually captivating. As we prepare to celebrate his exceptional contributions at this year's Festival of Pots and Garden Art, we invite you to immerse yourself in the world of Bruce Winter's extraordinary sculptures.