6 - 8pm, Friday 18th Oct
Sollai Cartwright - Marmo!
‘MARMO!’, an exhibition of sculpture at Harvey Galleries in Mosman, will see Sollai Cartwright return to Australia to present his sculptures for his first solo show in Sydney. Opening 18 October, Cartwright will be exhibiting eight sculptures all made using the highest quality Italian marble and hand carved traditionally using hammer and chisel. From October 24, Cartwright will also be exhibiting a large marble piece at Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi. ’Bird in Flight’, half a tonne of Italian marble, will be placed at Tamarama Beach for all of Sydney to enjoy.
Cartwright is no stranger to the world stage. In 2018 he was invited to show alongside his family of sculptors; Shona Nunan, Michael Cartwright and Jacob Cartwright representing Australian artists internationally at Australia House in London celebrating the Centenary of the building. Cartwright has exhibited internationally with shows at the Hong Kong Art Fair with Mars Gallery, his work is placed in Bei Wu Sculpture Park in Wesenberg, Germany and he recently showed at Sculpture by the Sea in Cottesloe earlier this year.
Cartwright began carving in Pietrasanta, Italy and now produces large scale works from his outdoor studio in Berlin – experiencing Berlin’s “inspirational creative community” is, for the Australian artist, integral to developing new ideas and facilitating experimentation. A sensitivity to and understanding of his materials is also important - the artist said that when carving marble, he “seeks a connectivity with the stone” and wants to “further explore the relationship between form and light.” For Cartwright, the exhibited works present the journey of a sculpture as one without end, they evoke a sense of movement and fluidity, intended to engage artist and viewer alike.
Cartwright, born in 1988, is a third generation artist. Both his parents Shona Nunan and Michael Cartwright and his grandfathers Brian Nunan and Peter Cartwright are established artists. He was trained traditionally under the tutelage of Pietrasanta’s artists and artigiani. His marble is sourced from the same quarries as Michelangelo’s David and the Pieta and he uses the same tools from the centuries old, water run smithy of Milani, high in the marble mountains of Pietrasanta.
Don’t miss seeing his beautiful artworks on display.