Trefor Prest Sculpture

the process of making my sculpture

Category: glittering events

Force of Destiny Opening

For all my disparaging comments on glittering events I actually went to one the other day. It was the premiere of the Paul Cox film “Force of Destiny” which opened the Melbourne International Film Festival. I hate to admit it, but it was a great night and such a pleasure to see some of the film people again. At last the film is released and it’s journey has begun. I will always be grateful for the way Paul emphasised with my work, taking my solid earthly things and translating them into his wonderfully etherial medium. It was elating to see my little creations on the big screen in front of thousands of people and gratifying to think that they contributed in a small way to the success of the film. Here are some shots from the big night.


Belinda and I with producer Maggie Miles and Paul Cox.


Dan Mitton (grip) and Jack Kenneally (gaffer), who graciouly overlooked my incompetence and gave me a glimpse into their arcane craft.


And of course Shahana Goswami,


Post Festival follies

The 20th Castlemaine State festival has come and gone. It was a busy time for us, with probrably more visitors than in previous festivals ( we lost count ). Fortunately there were a few sales but  as always it was meeting so many interesting and interested people that was the biggest reward.

festival  IMG_2409

Unfortunately I didn’t get any shots of the milling crowds of glittering celebrities so these will have to do.

Since then I have busied myself with making a new base for an old sculpture,”Red Veil”, 1987. It was on a bulky steel plinth that I was never happy with so I made a small alluminium one which turned out to be quite an engineering exercise and perhaps only a slight improvement (the eternal problem of the base!)

al base  red veil

I have finished the last piece though and it has a name – “Echo”, here it is

Echo#2  Echo#3


gallery openings

I don’t have any shots of glamourous gallery openings.This is not about my “career”- I don’t have one – vocation is a word I prefer. These posts are about the physical process of making sculpture. Rather than showing the finished product in a gallery somewhere , I want to show the daily grind of following this twisting path; the disapointments and dead ends and, hopefully, something about the joy and excitement that  keep me coming back to the workshop.

But…… having said all that – I did go to a glamourous opening last week. It was my old friend Lazar Krum, who I’ve known since art school, at Tacit Contemoprary Art,312 Johnston St. Abbotsford.It’s on till 9th November.Here,s a photo

Me, Lazar and David

Me, Lazar and David