Kevin Draper is an established sculptor from the Great Southern region, returning to Bathers Beach in 2017.
His formative years, spent in rural WA, have been a major influence on his art practice. He has recently moved back to Albany and continues to use the southern region as an important part of his artistic research. Of particular interest to the artist is the bio-diversity of the southern coastal hinterland. Many of his sculptures reference the parallel histories of agriculture, the maritime industry and the natural environment. A recurring theme is the dual nature of the ocean as both a pathway and a barrier. He works primarily with forged steel using similar processes to that of a blacksmith, extending the medium to create forms that use a minimum of material to create a sense of volume and space. His sculptural processes use the organic surface of worked metal to create forms that have a quality of lightness and permeability. In a number of projects, he has also used light and sound as integral elements of the finished sculpture.
Kevin spent 1992 in Basel, Switzerland, on an Artist Exchange project supported by the WA Department for the Arts. He has exhibited in Australia and internationally, including Australian Perspecta and Basel, Switzerland, Sculpture by the Sea Bondi 2004, 2005 and 2008, Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe 2005 – 2009 and exhibited at Sculpture by the Sea, Aarhus in Denmark in June 2009.
Featured WorkPenelope’s Web
- Year: 2016
- Materials: Forged and welded steel, galvanised and painted
- Size: 230 x 200 x 191cm
- Price: $15,000