Jeff Thomson has worked predominantly with corrugated iron since he became a full time sculptor in 1986. During this time he has used this common building material in a myriad of ways that have continually surprised and astounded the viewer. He cuts it into strips and weaves it, screen prints onto its surface, stacks it, knits it, turns it into lace, and uses it to make moulds from which he casts plastic, pours concrete and bakes bread.
Usually working on a large scale and outdoors, his sculptures often explore the landscape they inhabit with playfulness and spontaneity.
One of his most well known public works is the corrugated iron clad HQ Holden Station Wagon, 1991 (collection Te Papa Tongawera, Museum of New Zealand) which he drove for three years on the roads in New Zealand and Australia.
Another well-known public sculpture is the Large Taihape Gumboot – iconic to the region!
Thomson has exhibited predominantly throughout Australasia, Germany and France, often in solo shows, and has works in collections in New Zealand, Australia and Germany. He has a BFA, Elam school of Fine Arts, was awarded the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship, has spent time teaching art, and has had several books published on his work covering 30 years of making sculpture.
Thomson lives and works in Helensville, Auckland.
This Thomson’s seventh time exhibiting in Sculpture in the Gardens.
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