"Roger McFarlane's reputation overseas is where he achieved considerable notoriety- having exhibited in Paris at the Automne Salon on 3 occasions. Recently he won the 2013 Abstract sculpture prize at the Maitland Art Prize. With over a dozen sculpture prizes over the past 20 years, he has taken part in over 60 group exhibitions." Mark Widdup.
Roger McFarlane was born at Newcastle NSW Australia in 1948, he has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Newcastle NSW. Roger has had a fascination with stone sculpture all of his life. He works in sizes from 30 cm to 300 cm in height. His studio is also has a bronze foundry for casting small bronzes. Roger has also worked successfully with stainless steel, and timber. Roger has been invited to create large public sculptures in Australia, China, Brazil, South Korea and Switzerland. Roger has been invited to judge sculpture exhibitions in Sydney and Newcastle.
Roger says' I like to work in both figurative and abstract styles, capturing the essence of the concept without being excessively littoral is my ambition. If an artist has not communicated with his audience and involved the spectators imagination, then he has failed'. Rogers works are highly finished and show a high degree of commitment, dedication and skill. His philosophy is "respect your art and respect your audience".
Formally trained, Bachelor of Fine Arts from Newcastle University, further studies in sculpture at the Palla Studio Piestrasant, Italy. Roger McFarlane's reputation overseas is where he achieved considerable notoriety- having exhibited in Paris at the Automne Salon on 3 occasions. Recently he won the 2013 Abstract sculpture prize at the Maitland Art Prize. With over a dozen sculpture prizes over the past 20 years, he has taken part in over 60 group exhibitions. His body of work comprises abstract and figurative marble sculptures, many on a domestic scale. Both Australian and imported marbles from Italy are used. Roger’s vision for Australian art is... 'Australia needs more quality public art and collectors should have sculpture representation. For too long 3D art forms have been excluded from many important collections within Australia’. It is his opinion and commitment to encourage a change. For as he says “an art collection without sculpture is like having a Greek salad without olives”.
Public Sculptures .
• 20015 ‘Resilium’ Newcastle foreshore park.
• 2009 'Flight Form' Vattis Switzerland
• 2005 'Lady in White' Quyang China
• 2004 'Precious Pear' Brusque Brazil
• 2003 'Sitting Pretty' Sangcheong South Korea
• 2002 'Black Diana of Bennelong' Huian China
• 2000 'Memorial' Pusan South Korea
• 2000 'Weather Form' Thredbo Village Australia
• 1999 'Cause and Effect' Thredbo Village Australia
• 1999 'Theatre Masks' Newcastle Australia
• 1997 'Flood Sculpture' Maitland Australia
• 2008 'A Little Night Music' Cooks Hill Galleries Newcastle Australia
• 2005 'The Feminine Form' Cooks Hill Galleries Newcastle Australia
• 1997 ' Australian in Paris' Gallerie Miromesinil Fine Art Paris France International Exhibitions
• 2009 National Sculpture Almanac Exhibition Hangzhou China
• 2003 Salon d'Automne Paris France
• 2001 International Sculptors Exhibition Seoul South Korea
• 1999 Salon d'Automne Paris France
• 1998 Salon d'Automne Paris France
• 1997 Australian in Paris' Gallerie Miromesinil Fine Art Paris France
• Extensive Group exhibitions since 1993 - Present.
• 2009 August, Steinbildhauer Symposium, Vättis Switzerland
• 2008 September 2nd China Changchun International Sculpture Conference Guest Speaker
• 2005 September, 3rd China Quyang International Sculpture Festival Hebei Province China
• 2004 November, IV International Sculpture Symposium of Brazil Brusque SC Brazil
• 2003 May, 2nd Sancheong International Contemporary Sculpture Symposium Sancheong South Korea
• 2002 August, 2nd China Sculpture Art Festival Huian, Fujian Province
• 2000 September, International Sculpture Symposium for UN Memorial Park Pusan South Korea
• 2000 February, The 2000 Sculpture Symposium Thredbo Village NSW Australia
• 1999 February, Inaugural Thredbo Village Symposium Thredbo Village NSW Australia
• 1997 July, Flood Sculptures, Maitland City Council Hunter Valley NSW Australia
Roger McFarlane learnt to carve mable in Italy. He traveled to Pietrasanta in 1994, 1997 and 1999 where he trained at the widely respected Palla Atelier. Roger also completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of Newcastle NSW. Australia.