Thompson Estate Sculpture Collection

Thompson Estate Sculpture Collection

The Thompson Estate Winery in the desirable Wilyabrup sub-region of Western Australia in the Margaret River stands at the forefront of the estate-based, family-owned wineries of the region.

Since 2011, Thompson Estate has provided valued support to the ongoing success of Sculpture by the Sea, the producer of the world’s largest, free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhibitions.

In partnership with Sculpture by the Sea the award-winning Thompson Estate Winery is proud to present the Thompson Estate Sculpture Collection, a curated selection of important sculptures by International and Australian artists displayed in the grounds of the Winery.

On your visits throughout the year we hope that you will continue to enjoy the Sculpture Collection including major artworks by International artists: Akiho Tata (Japan), Takahiro Hirata (Japan), Markus Hofer (Austria), Peter Lundberg (USA), Haruyuki Uchida (Japan), and important sculptures by artists working in Western Australia including: Johannes Pannekoek, Tim Macfarlane Reid and R.M. Ron Gomboc Cit. WA.

 

For all sales enquiries, please contact Davina Corti, Director Sculpture Sales [email protected] or +61 (2) 9399 0233.


Markus Hofer (Austria), ‘The Elements of Time’, Thompson Estate Sculpture Collection. Photo Martine Perret.

Markus Hofer (Austria)

‘The Elements of Time’ (2018)

Materials  iron

Dimensions  250 h x 150 w x 1 d cm

Statement  ‘The Elements of Time’ shows a picture everyone has seen thousands of times, but never in such a setting. It is an attempt to work differently on the presentation of reality.

Biography  Graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna 2003. Numerous exhibitions throughout Austria and internationally including Germany, Greece, France, Italy, Slovakia and USA. Solo exhibitions include the Albertina, Vienna 2012 and Salzburg Museum 2015. Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe and Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2016 & 2019.

 

Peter Lundberg (USA), ‘Giorgio’, Thompson Estate Sculpture Collection. Photo Martine Perret.

Peter Lundberg (USA)

‘Giorgio’ (2014)

Materials  Cast concrete, steel, earth

Dimensions  1000 h x 300 w x 100 d cm

Statement  A giant figure.

Biography  Recipient Nord Art Award 2011, Balnaves Foundation Sculpture Award Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2012, Macquarie Group Sculpture Award Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2014. Exhibited in USA, China, Europe and Australia. Represented in public collections including Sculpture Fields Chattanooga, Frankfurt, Town of Cottesloe, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Sculpture Encounters – Granite Island, SA and the Harbour Trust, Sydney. Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 9 times since 2011. Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 8 times since 2012.

* Not for sale.

 

Takahiro Hirata (Japan), ‘Dark Night Shine’ 2014, Thompson Estate Sculpture Collection. Photo Martine Perret.

Takahiro Hirata (Japan)

‘Dark Night Shine’ (2014)

Materials  black granite, white granite

Dimensions  235 h x 80 w x 75 d cm

Statement  I respect people who make effort. Bettering oneself is hard. Good times are fine, but sometimes the going gets tough. But I believe that with consistent effort, the shining light of hope can be found in even the darkest of night. Looking at this work, can you feel the light of hope shining through the dark night?

Biography  10 solo exhibitions in Nagoya City, Aichi, Japan. Represented in public and private collections including Asago Museum, Makurazaki City and Town of Cottesloe. Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 7 times since 2012. Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 7 times since 2014.

 

Akiho Tata, ‘Love Earth’, Thompson Estate Sculpture Collection. Photo Martine Perret.

Akiho Tata (Japan)

‘Love Earth’ (2020)

Materials  granite, paint, gold leaf

Dimensions  100 h x 200 w x 110 d cm

Statement  The existence of stones accumulates the memory of the earth and shines like when a fossil was discovered the moment the stone was broken. The past time of memory. The current time to break a stone. The future is for us to write and seal messages. Past, present, future. The three primary colors are red, yellow and blue. The Japanese kanji for Akiho’s name are sun, moon, and mountain. When you apply the colors to it, they are red, yellow and blue. The shapes of the sun, moon, and mountains can be seen in the shape of this work. Then, the split surface is the horizon, and the upper part is the ground and the sky.

The lower part expresses underwater, underground, and the earth. And the three lines express the brilliance of the earth and the sense of life. I want to convey the atmosphere of the current difficult times to the future with a message.

I hope they are safe.

Biography  Collaboration between Akiho and Tata Ota. Group exhibitions including Yokohama Biennale, Kobe-Suma-Rikyu Park Modern Sculpture Exhibition, and the Kagawa Arts Festival. Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 6 times since 2010. Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 8 times since 2013.

 

Ron Gomboc, ‘Migrating Spirits II ‘, Thompson Estate Sculpture Collection. Photo Martine Perret.

R.M. Ron Gomboc CIT.WA (Australia)

‘Migrating Spirits II’ (2012)

Materials  patinated copper 

Dimensions  approximately 3 metres high

Statement  Humans have continuously migrated in search of a better life. In Australian history migration in the early days was creating a penal colony and nothing is more evident today than the necessity for people to migrate to escape persecution and hunger for political or religious reasons. On a personal level, as a migrant I relate to these four sculptures as they symbolise the story of my maternal family migration – my maternal great grandfather Martin Potocnik left the northern shores of the Adriatic (Austro Hungarian rule) and immigrated to Los Angeles, USA in 1902. My maternal grandfather Ivan Veljacic left Croatia (northern Adriatic) in 1924 and immigrated to the Swan Valley, Western Australia. In 1961 I was 13 years old when my own immediate family arrived in the Swan Valley from Croatia. The four individual sculptures represent Migrating Spirits. My great grandfather, my grandfather, my father and myself. The shape of the sculpture at the top refers to our spirit and the spirit of birds whales and other migrating animals. The sculpture symbolises the strength of the migrating spirit of Nature. 

Biography  Exhibited internationally including France, Japan and Dubai. Symposium of Art, New Caledonia 2010. Goyang Symposium South Korea 2011. Qindao-Seoul Symposium China 2012. Represented in collections including Town of Cottesloe, Fortescue Metals Group and Edith Cowan University. Exhibited at Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 18 times since 1999 and Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 16 times since 2005.

 

Johannes Pannekoek, ‘Change Ahead II’, Thompson Estate Sculpture Collection. Photo Martine Perret.

Johannes Pannekoek (Australia)

‘Change Ahead II’ (2016)

Materials  Corten Steel

Dimensions  216 h x 108 w x 144 d cm

Statement  Inspired by the non-linear nature of life. We live, we learn, we change. Rather than following the linear textbook process of learning, Johannes continues to learn and enhance his craft in a nonlinear fashion – through observation, direct experience, discovery, and a preparedness to change. This approach, he feels has led him to produce works that are both challenging and unique.

Biography  Recipient Aqualand Sculpture Award SxS Bondi 2016. Represented in public and private collections including Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, Georges Heights, Sydney; Crown Towers, Perth. SxS Bondi 2016 – 2017. SxS Cottesloe 7 times since 2009.

 

Haruyuki Uchida (Japan), ‘Stationary Shape’, Thompson Estate Sculpture Collection. Photo Martine Perret.

Haruyuki Uchida (Japan)

‘Stationary Shape’ (2012)

Materials  stainless steel, magnet, paint

Dimensions  210 h x 92 w x 82 d cm

Statement  I use magnets as part of the material for my sculptures. My sculptures maintain a mysterious equilibrium due to the repulsive force of these magnets. The cylinders sway subtly with the flow of air and human touch, expressing the invisible presence of gravity and air. If you have a chance to touch it, you will have a magical experience of floating.

Biography  Haruyuki Uchida is a renowned sculptor in the field of kinetic art. Significant group exhibitions in Japan include the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2009 and 2012, and the Takamijima Project in the Setouchi Triennale, Japan 2013, 2016 and 2019. His work is internationally represented in Kyoto National Museum of Modern Arts, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum and The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea. He is represented in private and public collections in Australia including ArtsACT, Canberra International Airport and the Holmes à Court Collection. Uchida has exhibited at Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 7 times since 2006, Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 6 times since 2008 and Sculpture by the Sea, Aarhus 2009.

 

Peter Lundberg (USA), ‘Eclipse’, Thompson Estate Sculpture Collection. Photo Martine Perret.

Peter Lundberg (USA)

‘Eclipse’ (2014)

Materials  Cast concrete, steel, earth

Dimensions  700 h x 250 w x 100 d cm

Statement  A giant figure.

Biography  Recipient Nord Art Award 2011, Balnaves Foundation Sculpture Award Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2012, Macquarie Group Sculpture Award Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2014. Exhibited in USA, China, Europe and Australia. Represented in public collections including Sculpture Fields Chattanooga, Frankfurt, Town of Cottesloe, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Sculpture Encounters – Granite Island, SA and the Harbour Trust, Sydney. Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 9 times since 2011. Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 8 times since 2012.

* Not for sale.

 

Rodney Kevin Laws, ‘Safe Planet’, Thompson Estate Sculpture Collection. Photo Martine Perret.