Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Ivan spent his childhood in Africa, England, Wales and Germany. When not outside enjoying the natural environment, Ivan was drawn to all forms of artistic expression, and began drawing birds and African wildlife. As an adult, Ivan worked mostly in construction, but art was always an important part of his life. Ivan would spend all of his spare time learning about art, experimenting and trying to explore each medium to its potential. Ivan emigrated to Australia in 1994. He now lives in the Gold Coast Hinterland.
Inspired by his new environment Ivan focused his creativity on the hands on reality of sculpture. Ivan is particularly excited by the transformation of such an ordinary medium as wire netting to a piece of art. He is drawn towards creating work that is accessible, recognisable and meaningful to the public. Ivan’s personality is represented in his sculpture. His work is honest, often quirky and amusing, yet demonstrates compassion for his subject, and has great integrity.
2014 Gold Coast Airport, QLD.
2013 Woodford Folk Festival, QLD
2013 Gold Coast Arts Festival, Evandale, QLD
2013 Toorak Village Festival of Sculpture, Melbourne.
2012 Gold Coast Arts Festival Broadwater, QLD
2010 Border Art Prize, Murwillumbah, NSW.
2009 Sculpture by the Sea, Cotttesloe, WA.
2008 Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, NSW.
2008 Toorak Village Festival of Sculpture, SA.
2008 Jackman Gallery Group Sculpture Exhibition, S.A.
2008 Kings Christian College Easter Arts Exhibition, QLD
2007 Solo Exhibition, Jackman Gallery, Melbourne , SA.
2006 Royal Pines Resort “Sisters of Swing”. QLD.
Swell Sculpture Festival 2015 Smalls Gallery People’s Choice Award
Swell Sculpture Festival 2015 Peer Award
Swell Sculpture Festival 2014 Currumbin RSL People’s Choice Award
Swell Sculpture Festival 2014 Smalls Gallery People’s Choice Award
Darcy Doyle Boomerang Farm 2014 People’s Choice Award Sculpture
Swell Sculpture Festival 2013 Griffith University School of Humanities Kids’ Choice Award
Swell Sculpture Festival 2012 Griffith University School of Humanities Kids’ Choice Award
Swell Sculpture Festival 2012 Smalls Gallery People’s Choice
Marymount College Art Competition 2012 People’s Choice Award
Marymount College Art Competition 2010
First Prize Sculpture
Gold Coast Show 2010
Visual Arts- People’s Choice
Trinity Lutheran College Art and Craft Competition 2010
Swell Sculpture Festival Currumbin RSL People’s Choice Award- 2004, 2006 & 2008
2006 Gold Coast Sun Media Award
2006 Neumann Group Smalls Artist Award
Paradise Kids Annual Art Exhibition 2005
Sculpture Division- First Prize
People’s Choice- First Prize
Royal Brisbane Show 2005
Sculptor’s Society Gold Coast Inc. 2005 Member’s Exhibition
AFA Award of Excellence- First Prize
John Cooper Memorial Award- Second Prize
Tony Palmer Memorial Award- Third Prize
Sculptor’s Society Gold Coast Exotic Erotic Exhibition-2005
Springfest Arts and Craft Festival Award for Sculpture 2005, 2006 & 2007-First Prize
St Margaret’s Inaugural Sculpture Competition 2006
The Age Diary, October 24, 2007
Australian Art Collector, Issues 39, 41, 42 & 43
ABC: State Wide, ABC: Australia Wide
Channel 9: Gold Coast News & Extra
Channel 7: Great South East
Daily Telegraph October 18, 2008
The Sydney Morning Herald, October 16th, 2008
The Australian, October 27th, 2008
Installations and Collections
Represented in private and public collections, in Australia and overseas.
Jackman Gallery, St Kilda, Melbourne
Mealie Art House, Murwillumbah, NSW.
The Way of Design Gallery, Currumbin, Gold Coast, Queensland..
Gold Coast City Council- Elanora Library, Gold Coast, Queensland,
Ripley’s “Beleive it or Not” Museums in USA, Australia and UK.
Capanart Gallery, Tamborine Mountain, Gold Coast, Queensland.