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Working almost entirely with found timber, I see wonder and potential far deeper than surface appearance and often completely detached from the materials original use. As such, my work oscillates along a delicate line between sculpture and furniture.
As well as New Zealand, my work has been purchased by collectors around the world, including collections in San Francisco, New York, London, Hong Kong and Dubai.
Through exploration & experimentation I take great joy in transforming ordinary objects or material into the extraordinary, in some cases celebrating the ‘not so perfect’ aspects of them; defects, wear & historical attachments are all subjects I find myself drawn to. A piece of old, discarded furniture has its history engrained into it and thus when I re-work a piece of furniture or wood, I give it a new lease of life.
It is a cliché but it is the truth when I say that my work seems to come from within; the people that have surrounded me, the experiences in my life & the influences I have been subjected to are all contributing factors & reasons for my style of working and continue to be so.
I believe that everything we make is a result of our life experience, our culture, our language, and the exchanges we made with other people during our lives.
The Vivian Gallery
Rupert is represented by The Vivian Gallery.
Situated just outside of Matakana, one hour north of Auckland - The Vivian is a beautiful purpose-built gallery nestled in 3 acres of landscaped parklands.
Come and view selected sculptural works and furniture from Rupert's collection.