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The Artist - Antone Bruinsma

Antone Bruinsma is an Australian-based sculptor with more than 30 years of professional experience. He moved to Australia with his family from Amsterdam, Holland at the age of 12. His love for art started with his love of spending time with his father, a Dutch artist and painter, in his father's art studio. After Art College, he held positions on the Warana Festival Committee (Brisbane), the Crafts Council (Queensland) and Society of Sculptors Queensland (president 1983—1985), to promote public art and sculpture in Queensland and Australia. His motivation is to present meaningful sculpture for public display.

Antone’s motto is “for excellence in 3-D contemporary fine art”. His sculptures are homages to Mother Earth and the gifts she bestows on us. He uses archetypal and mythological imagery, related to the environment and the community in which the sculptures will be placed - whether public art or in a private residence. Antone’s work is stimulating, iconic and designed to capture the public’s attention and imagination. His love for and dedication to three dimensional art and art in all its forms is unwavering.

His Artist Statement explains his approach to creating sculpture (PDF download file 1.92MB).

Antone's portfolio features past sculptures created by him and his gallery shows artworks available for purchase.

Recent Career Highlights

  • 2011 - Participated in Shanghai Sculpture Symposium, creating two more sculptures to join his sculpture "Penetration of the Wind" in the collection of the Shanghai Sculpture Park, China.
  • 2011 - Australian - Korean Art Exchange Exhibition, Gold Coast, Australia
  • 2010 - Murray Bridge Symposium South Austalia, creating flower sculpture to be located near Council chambers
  • 2010 - Commissioned to provide public art piece - eagle - Wyaralong Dam, Scenic Rim
  • 2010 - Shillam Prize for Sculpture
  • 2010 - Public art sculpture for Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Brisbane - "The Rhythm of Love"
  • 2009 - Awarded Life Membership - Sculptors Queensland
  • 2008 - Queensland Rail - public art commission for Indooroopilly Railway Station - "The Journey" and "The Commuters"
  • 2008 - Beaudesert International Symposium, Scenic Rim - created "Visiting Earth Angel" for Mt Tamborine

Antone's artist resume is available for download as a PDF file (103kb).

Education and Associations

  • Queensland College of Art (Griffith University) 1977-1979
  • Sculptors Queensland - Life Member
  • Artworkers Alliance - Accredited Member for public liability and professional indemnity insurance