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Makers and Artists

The Gallery represents over 200 Makers and Visual Artists. Most makers also accept commissions. Contact us with enquiries on commissions or work from a particular maker.

The following makers and artists regularly contribute work to the Gallery for exhibition and sale.

Richard Morecroft

Richard Morecroft is perhaps best known in Australia for his work in television particularly anchoring the ABC nightly news and for several years as host of Richard Morecroft Goes Wild! the weekly national wildlife programme. After 20 years of nightly TV news Richard decided in 2001 it was time for more variety in his professional life. With his base in Jervis Bay Richard has taken the opportunity to pursue his long-time fascination with landscape photography. Im fascinated by the processes which produce structure and pattern in geological and biological environments.

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Robert and Kathy Heron

Robert is a tradesman wood machinist whose interest in woodcraft began over 30 years ago. Woodturning carving and wood design being part of a hobby that developed into a home-based small business. Robert majors in small timber items from Tasmanian timbers such as Huon Pine Sassafras Myrtle Blackwood and Eucalypt. Kathy's love of crafts and support in final preparation is apparent in the finished items. Quality and design are very important with the finished products.

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Robert Jones

Robert Jones originally came from the industrial West Midlands in the UK. Robert served his apprenticeship as a pattern maker working for one of the largest foundry Companies in the UK which at that time employed over 19 000 people. In 1988 Robert moved to New Zealand where he soon became involved in the local woodturning scene. At this time woodwork was still a hobby although most of his work sold readily in galleries and exhibitions throughout New Zealand. In 1995 Robert relocated to Mundijong a small town south of Perth in WA. Since this time he has worked full time creating works in...

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Robert Simpson

Through his use of colour texture and light abstract artist Robert Simpson's recent paintings can be viewed as a continuation of the Australian landscape tradition. Rather than focussing on how the landscape looks he is more concerned with our relationship with the land itself investigating our shift from being part of nature to its domination and degradation. To investigate this distancing he refers to ancient myths religious stories history and scientific journals as well as natural and artificial objects to add layers of meanings in his paintings. Like most artists particularly abstract...

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Robyn Braithwaite

Robyn has always had a keen interest in woodwork and what originally started as a hobby became a full time wood crafting business following retirement from Telstra after 25 years service. Robyn started by crafting our beautiful Tasmanian timbers such as Huon Pine Myrtle Blackwood and Sassafras into a variety of items including coasters. Robyn has been making and selling woodcrafts now for approximately 25 years to craft shops and galleries around Australia and for the past seven to eight years has been concentrating mainly on making coasters. "It gives me a sense of satisfaction to know I...

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Robyn Collier

Born in Chatswood New South Wales Robyn moved to British Columbia Canada in 1974. She gained a Bachelor of Education Degree majoring in graphic arts from the University of British Columbia in 1979. Following a year studying Renaissance Art in Europe Robyn moved to the Queen Charlotte Islands Canada where she taught Haida (native indians) in grades 6-12. She also taught adult education courses in techniques of printmaking which included etching woodblocks silk screening and lithography.

In 1983 Robyn returned to Vancouver to commence the theory portion of a masters degree with an art...

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Roxanne Minchin

Roxanne Minchin is a major talent in the rich and prolific Broken Hill art scene. She spent her early years at Wamberal on the central coast of New South Wales. Colouring and drawing long before she started school, Roxanne won her 1st colouring-in competition at the age of 4 in the Sun Herald Juniors, a Sydney newspaper publication. Art became a constant theme during her youth, followed closely by music, which she studied for seven years, and she often did sign writing for businesses such as Coles, where she worked after school. Art was one of her matriculation subjects and her major work...

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Sandra House

Sandra was born in 1942 in South Gippsland Victoria and lived in Melbourne before moving to the ACT with her husband and four children in 1983. She studied under Colin Johnson Lawrence Smith and a number of other art teachers and has won numerous art awards in Victoria the Act and NSW and her paintings which are hanging in private collections throughout Australia and overseas including Japan the USA Holland and Great Britain.

A traditional realist artist she has been painting seriously and predominantly in oils for approximately twenty-three years. She is perhaps best known for her...

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Satoshi Fujinuma

Satoshi Fujinuma is a Japanese based wood artist. He has had a life long interest in the natural world, initially graduating from a environmental chemistry degree. It was by chance, in 1993, that Fujinuma saw woodturing while traveling in New Zealand. From 1996 he begun his self education and exploration into wood as a artistic medium. From there he began to create object in wood to express nature.

“Satoshi Fujinuma is a natural surrealist, combining a fascination with creatures of the world with abstraction, while finding beauty in what most would find repulsive.” –...

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Scott Mitchell

Scott Mitchell is a very busy and successful Canberra designer and furniture maker working in fine and rare timbers. He is a shining example of the success of the inclusion of woodworking in fine arts training institutions.

He grew up in the timber-rich Tweed River Valley on the far north coast of NSW where his High School woodworking was limited to radiata pine chopping boards and eventually found the Canberra (now ANU) School of Art. The School was the first to include the wood medium among it’s specialist workshops and thanks to the foresight of employing one of the world’s great...

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Silvio Apponyi

Born near Munich Germany in 1949 Silvio migrated to Australia with his family at the age 18 months. He started carving in wood from the age of two and after completing school in South Australia he went on to study sculpture at North Adelaide School of Art. Silvio won a German Academic Exchange scholarship and studied for one year at the Munich Academy of fine art.

On his return and after completing his degree he entered the monument trade where he acquired his technical skills with all manner of stone. He embarked upon his career as a full time sculpture in the late 80s and works...

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Stan d'Argeavel

Photographer Stan dArgeavel is the Exhibitions Marketing and Promotions Coordinator for the multi award winning Bungendore Wood Works Gallery. He began promoting in the mid 1970s as Entertainment and Community Services Manager for a large registered club in Newcastle NSW. A Bungendore resident for 22 years Stan moved from the printing industry to the Wood Works in 1999 and has been responsible for the presentation of over 100 exhibitions at the Gallery. He completed his Masters Degree at the ANU School of Art in 2005 in the Photomedia Workshop having previously graduated from the ANU in...

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Stephen Hughes

Stephen Hughes is a full time teacher and convenor of Design and Technology: Wood at Karingal Secondary College Frankston Victoria. That is his "real" job. In addition he is an exceptional artistic woodturner and a much sought after wood instructor and demonstrator. Serving as an inspiration to Australian artists and acknowledged internationally for his leadership in the field Stephen has won more awards than any other Australian woodturner with 34 national and international prizes. His commissions include six major works for the Irving Lipton Collection in the United States the most...

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Steve Stafford

Woodturning has been Steve Stafford’s passion for over 35 years. He is award winning wood worker who has exhibited in National and State exhibitions and in Japan and the Germany with the Craft Australia display. He taught Industrial Arts for 37 years and, along with his wife Helen, operated a wood working gallery for 20 years.

The Gallery gave him the opportunity to explore various themes and processes in wood turning. Including a series of whimsical and strange creatures inspired by dinosaurs and mythical beings.

The closure of his Gallery has allowed him to explore new...

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Stuart Owen Fox

tuart Owen Fox was a leading professional photographer for over 40 years. Through visits to over 80 countries he produced over 1.5 million publishable images, 16,000 of which were commissioned to decorate the fleet of one Norwegian shipping company. Fox spent the equivalent of three normal lives throughout the world, as one of the leaders of the anti-Vietnam War movement in Europe, Denmark Artist of the Year in 1970 for his contribution to photography and in 1980 was the only photographer chosen by Kodak to celebrate the company's 100th year centenary. Over 1000 of his images were chosen...

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Sue Cochrane

Sue enjoyed the environs of East Gippsland as a child before settling in South Gippsland with her husband to raise their three sons. A fascination for the natural habitat of the beach as a child and now the bush eventually projected Sue out among the majestic gums surrounding her home. Whether young or twisted with age these gums had character and practically waved for recognition. This observation enlivened an already active "brush" and encouraged by a friend who declared "You should try experimenting with pastels." Sue did with pleasing results. She was soon winning awards as a pastelist...

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Suzanne Chick

Visual artist and author Suzanne Chick lives on the South Coast of NSW looking down on the beautiful clear turquoise waters of Jervis Bay. She has travelled widely throughout Australia and in Italy and Greece. Suzanne trained at the National Arts School and Sydney Teacher's College received her Diploma in Art Education in 1978 and devoted 30 years to teaching others how to make art. She works in oils acrylics and mixed media and has spent the last 14 years exhibiting her own work regularly. Suzanne's positive view on life shines from contemporary canvases based on singular moments of joy...

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Takashi Nishiura

In January 1988 Takashi Nishiura migrated to Australia in January 1988. He is a fine woodworker specialising in handcrafted furniture manufactured with traditional spirit and manner in Sydney Australia and also produces a a range of small wooden products. He is a member of the NSW Woodworkers Association and took part in the Australian Wood Review Magazine/Bungendore Wood Works Gallery 2008 Studio Furniture Exhibition.

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Tansy and Jilli Roberts

Tansy and Jilli Roberts continue the traditional production of hand turned and hand painted Deepings Dolls. Based in Kingston south of Hobart Tasmania they produce a collection of hand-turned small wooden figurines with painted historical costumes and details. Each Deepings Doll is a unique work of art. Far more detailed than the wooden dolls that inspired them such as the Russian Baboushka or the Gypsy peg doll they are hand-turned figurines in Tasmanian White Sassafras and their costumes are individually hand-painted by a range of Australian artists and can be made as a one-of-a-kind...

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Tanya Stubbles

Tanya Stubbles’ art practice began in 2006 and she remains seriously committed to her art, exhibiting in group and solo exhibitions in Wollongong, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Alice Springs and China. She completed two residencies at Arthur Boyd’s Bundanon, was a 2008 Wynne Prize finalist and won the 2012 Wollongong City Art Prize.

Tanya is a highly intuitive artist pushing the boundaries, exploring new ideas, processes and materials and creating unique personal perspectives of the world around her. The connection between objects and memory is no coincidence. She intentionally uses...

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Terry Green

Terry lived in London until he was 16 excelling at school in Woodworking and Photography. After moving to New Zealand with his family he pursued a career in Photography and eventually set up his own studio. In 1992 the family moved to Canberra where his passion for woodworking returned after making a special box for my wife to house her essential oils. He enjoyed it so much he made two more boxes and gave them away to friends. He began making jewellery boxes and started to use inlay more and more. In 2009 Terry decided to start full time wood working from his home workshop. He still has an...

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Terry Martin

Terry Martin grew up in Melbourne and Swan Hill on the Murray River and left Australia in his early twenties to undertake a cornucopia of careers that included mining exploration in Papua New Guinea touring the US with the Australian Ballet sailing around the Pacific and ski patrolling in Austria. On his return to Australia 13 years later he turned to woodworking as a means of personal artistic expression and to provide a palpable outlet for his love of the Australian native trees. He is one of the leading figures in the wood genre with a substantial number of publications including his...

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Tess Barker

Tess studied Teaching and Fine Art (Honours) at Newcastle University. She is a printmaker working in linocut and is drawn towards the depiction of Australian flora and fauna. She had the opportunity to document the beauty of the Ku-ring-gai National Park while growing up in the Pittwater area of Sydney. Tess has worked and exhibited in galleries in Newcastle and Sydney and worked at the Bungendore Wood Works Gallery’s as a customer service representatives and exhibition curator.

Her framed linocut print, Protea: New and Spent Bud was awarded second prize in the youth art section for...

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Thirston Morris

I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa.  At the age of 3 our family moved to Walkerville, a regional area south of Johannesburg.

It was Plot 54 which really shaped me, living on a small holding where my father, who was recognised as a master craftsman, built everything.  It was here in his workshop where I was encouraged to try anything.

I carved, turned, built small projects and large. I can remember constantly asking him “what wood is this?”, getting him to fix my poor sharpening technique and often driving him mad  by mistreating one of his tools.  I also had to help him...

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Tim Leaversuch

Tim Leaversuch is a Western Australian artist, designer and maker. Tim has 12 years experience as a practising artist, with work ranging from small kinetic objects to large architectural installation. During this period he has exhibited and lived throughout Western Australia and internationally.

Since recently returning for the UK he has re-established his sculptural practice within Western Australia, undertaking commissions and developing a product range.

He uses traditional crafting techniques, coupled with electronics to create kinetic art. These materials and techniques...

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Toby Muir Wilson

Toby Muir Wilson Toby Muir-Wilson grew up in Forest a tiny settlement near Stanley in the north west of Tasmania. Always interested in wood and fine wood species he travelled to the John Makepeace School for Wood Design in Southern England in 1978 where he studied for two years. He returned to Forest where he established his family home. His wife Janine is a textile artist from Switzerland and they have three sons. His career as a wood designer maker has built slowly and steadily over the years. He has exhibited throughout Australia and is represented in many national collections.

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Tony Docherty

Designer-maker Tony Docherty runs his growing practice from the beautiful region of Western Australia’s south coast in Denmark. Since the early nineties Tony has supplied leading wood galleries in Western Australia and the eastern states. A keen interest in exploring effective methods for sustainable and efficient use of materials is an important characteristic of Tony’s design approach. His distinctive organic forms express a fascination with the interplay between design process and the material’s inherent features. Tony acquires wood through diverse sources: farms old disused buildings...

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Tony Kenway

As a prominent Australian designer Tony Kenway has developed a unique range of furniture drawing inspiration from simple elegant forms found in the natural environment and a love of Australia’s rare and unique timbers.This together with a traditional background in cabinet making and boat-building has led to international recognition for his designs and craftsmanship. Tony prefers to use solid timber carefully selected for its lasting beauty strength and flexibility. Designs have evolved from years of careful consideration to function form comfort and proportion.

His furniture has...

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Val Fitzpatrick

Val began her career in art at the Wollongong National Art School in 1965-70 studying under the direction of Ivan Englund Les Burcher and Clem Millward. After this solid foundation and always eager to learn new techniques Val consistently studied at various seminars and workshops concentrating on personal development and self-expression.

Described as an expressionist painter her love of texture fuelled by an intense interest in ancient history and mythology has resulted in a unique mixed media style use of fabric fibre applied hand coloured paper and sculptured relief is often...

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Victor Grech

Victor Grech and his family arrived in Tasmania in 1984 seeking, like many before him, a lifestyle change. Inspired by the beautiful timbers unique to Tasmania and building on his 17 years of experience working as a toolmaker in the engineering industry he entered the wood craft industry. 

Working from a home workshop Victor Hand crafts wall clocks incorporating the Foliot escapement. It took over two years of research and development of the mechanism, incorporating past technology with precision and finish, to create a design that spans centuries.

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Wayne Byard

Wayne has had an interest in wildlife and the outdoors all his life; combined with his natural artistic ability his focus on wildlife art has been a natural progression. While still painting wildlife, Wayne is now enjoying painting landscapes and seascapes, drawing inspiration from his many trips. Through his art he hopes to share some of his experiences and interpretations of nature.

Wayne uses many methods for inspiration but all include some interaction with the natural world, whether it is feeding birds from his balcony or seeing something special during one of his many trips....

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Will Matthysen

Will Matthysen is a self-employed furniture designer-maker operating full-time from his own workshop in Warrandyte Victoria Australia. Since setting up his workshop in 1989 he has focused on producing a range of clock designs made largely from wood but also including other materials such as brass steel high density fibreboard and glass. Over 130 clocks have been produced to date each one is hand built and unique and integrates the mechanism and the cabinet into a unified contemporary design. Each clock is different and explores different sets of ideas.

William's work is now...

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