Artists Statement

written by Al Phemister

Delicate natural forms morph into giants of the landscape under Al Phemister’s guiding hand

.  Industrial building materials, discarded horse shoes, and unwanted farm machinery become the parts that create a whole – something new that inspires wonder and remembrance.  Al takes hard, rusted, steel forms and imbues them with a sense of gentleness and movement.


From his workshop in Yass in regional New South Wales, Al creates decorative forms from everyday and industrial objects.  His recent dandelion series – each made from up to 400 concrete bar chairs welded together – stand more than 2 metres tall in the landscape and seem to gently move in the breeze.


His popular Pear sculptures are melded from horse shoes, washers and other metals. Standing up to 4 metres high Al has charmed the individual pieces of raw metal into unique forms that seem to provide comfort in their roundness and gravity

Dandelions set- blue sky

Al is inspired by the natural environment, his wife and his family.  His work reflects his love for them and their home.


Al is a leading advocate for local and regional artists, supporting and promoting local shows, festivals and is the curator of a permanent exhibition showcasing regional artists.


Al is a member of ‘The TinMen’, YASSarts, The Nat

ional Association of Visual Artists (NAVA),     The International Sculpture Centre (ISC) and the International Association of Artists (IAA).

Workshop - Alex Tewes


Recent Awards

2013 Sculpture at Scenic World prize – Finalist

2012 Toorak sculpture prize – Finalist

2012 Sculpture on the Edge, Bermagui -  Winner of Emerging Artist Prize and People’s Choice Award

2011 Sculpture in the Vineyards, Hunter Valley – Winner of  Wollombi Valley Acquisitive Prize

2010 Lake Light Sculpture Festival, Jindabyne – Winner of  ANU School of Art residency.