NZSOS 2016

John Edgar

New Zealand sculptor John Edgar (ONZM b.1950) has achieved international renown. Throughout his long career he has pursued the ancient knowledge of stone carving techniques in his travels. Edgar has physically explored and selected individual stones from the great quarries abroad, as well as in New Zealand’s South Island. Central to his practice are strong links to the environment, bringing into balance the elements of concept, material and process. Edgar’s fascination with duality has been a consistent thread throughout his work. He slices stone and inserts bands, crosses and lines of contrasting stone or glass. He recombines that which has been divided, turning natural forms into artefacts instilled with a simplicity and modernism that belies the technical processes involved. Edgar is well represented in public and private collections both locally and abroad. Edgar installed a public commission titled Transformer, in the Auckland Domain, New Zealand, and in 2009 was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to art. In 2012 Great Britain’s Crown Estate commissioned the sculpture Lie of the Land for the Savill Garden in Windsor Great Park, United Kingdom. www.johnedgar.co.nz


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