Tony Sevil’s exhibition at Gallery 126 opens on the 27th November at 5pm and runs through to 24th December. Tony will have an eclectic mix of artwork made from found objects – wall pieces, free standing sculptures and numerous small quirky pieces that he hopes will be popular for the Christmas stocking.
How long have you lived in the area?
I have lived on a small farm of 12 acres just out of Uralla for 26 years. I love the seasons on the tablelands, and Uralla itself is an interesting and go ahead community with a diversity of people. I am sure it is a very pleasant place for travellers to take a break in, with its antiquarian bookshop, galleries, second hand shops and numerous cafés.
Describe the type of artwork you specialise in …
I am a sculptor, although I would prefer to be called a found object artist.
I am a hoarder of all sorts of “junk” – whatever captures my eye, really. I walk most days and often collect things from beside the road. The local tip used to be a good source of material, but scavenging is no longer allowed. But I often pick up things from the tip shop. Friends often ring me when they are having a cleanout. I have, for example, enjoyed making many pieces from the numerous interesting elements inside old pianos that I have been given.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
My inspiration comes from the material I collect. The material itself generally determines what I make. For that reason, most of my pieces are different.
I guess I have picked up ideas along the way from other artists’ work. Rosalie Gascoigne and Andy Goldsworthy are two artists that come to mind.
I think my upbringing in the bush has also been important. There was always rusty tin, wire and decaying wood lying around. Growing up in a rather isolated area, I played a lot by myself. I still see my art as play. Just a big kid, really.
Other than your artworks, what are your other interests?
I am also a writer and photographer. I have had stories and photographs published in newspapers and magazines. I recently won the New England Award in the Thunderbolt Crime Writing Competition run by the New England Writers Centre. I contribute to ABC Open, and I am a regular contributor to Facebook. As an artist I find Facebook very important. I have artist friends from around the world who provide inspiration and give encouragement. I also find it a very good medium for “testing the waters” with my own artwork.
Travelling in rural Australia also gives me plenty of inspiration. I recently spent a couple of weeks out west, including a few days in Lightning Ridge – a found object artist’s heaven.
When is your exhibition at Gallery 126, and what can people expect to see?
My exhibition at Gallery 126 opens on the 27th November at 5pm and runs through to 24th December. I will have an eclectic mix of artwork made from found objects – wall pieces, free standing sculptures and numerous small quirky pieces that I hope will be popular for the Christmas stocking.
For this exhibition I am also having a Friends Wall for other artists who have given me support along the way. In addition, two friends of mine will be providing a short segment of live music, playing as a duo. Elspeth Murphy is a singer and ukulele player and Barry McDonald, a noted researcher of Australian folk music, is a fiddler. This will be at 5:45pm.