A SCULPTOR has jetted off to New Zealand to take part in a carving symposium.
Pat Walls, of Holmfirth, is one of four international artists selected to attend the Sculpture Symposium entitled Low Flying Cars.
He left his wife and two daughters behind yesterday to fly to Auckland in New Zealand where he will carve his own creation for three weeks.
He will carve a figurative sculpture based on his drawing of a seated girl, inspired by his eldest daughter, Georgina.
His work will then be exhibited.
Pat said: “The stone I’ll be carving will be either Andesite, a volcanic rock, or limestone.
“The event is important to me as it allows me the opportunity to work on a monumental scale – the sculpture will be approximately life-sized sat on a plinth of rough hewn stone.
“It also gives me the opportunity to work with artists from other cultural backgrounds and exchange ideas and techniques.”
Pat worked as a painter throughout the world until six years ago when he moved into sculpting.
He added: “I’d worked in Hong Kong and Australia after I graduated university at Hull in 1992.
“I was working on murals and painting but I wanted a new challenge and to work in a different medium.”
Pat, who is married to Sara and has two daughters – Georgina, nine, and Beth, four – sent sketches off to the Symposium panel and photographs of his previous work and was delighted to be accepted.
He worked as a painter, producing large scale abstract and figurative works for corporate clients throughout Asia. He also spent 18 months living in Sydney where he had a few exhibitions before returning to the UK in 2000.
Pat has been exhibiting his work locally and has appeared at recent Holmfirth Art Markets.
When he returns from his trip he will be continuing a public art project for Groundwork Wakefield, an environmental development organisation which works with communities in the Wakefield area.
He’s creating a series of large spheres with bas-relief carving on the surface which will be set in a public garden.
The designs have been developed from stone carving workshops run with community groups last summer.