Jeff Thomson

Title: Keel
Date: 2019
Medium: Used Corrugated Iron

Artist Description:

Whilst working on the property with his digger, Guy Blundell created an earth mound. Intentionally shaped and suggesting the hull of an upside down yacht, the mound is a stone’s throw from the Wairoa river and Clevedon Boat Club.

It is this grass covered shape I have chosen to use as a plinth, enhancing it by placing atop sculptural appendages that will add to Guy’s vision. The torpedo keel and rudder will be stand-alone sculptures but when seen in relationship to the entire mound will form the vision of the boat. Made using second hand corrugated iron, this sculpture will add to the existing buildings on the property that use this ubiquitous material.



Jeff Thomson was born in Castor Bay, Auckland in 1957. He completed a BFA, specialising in painting and printmaking at Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland in 1981. Thomson was awarded the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship at the University of Otago, Dunedin, in 1995 and the Tylee Cottage Artist in Residence, Wanganui in 2000. He regularly exhibits throughout New Zealand and Australia and also in Germany and France. His work is in Public Art Galleries and private collections around the world including the Alan Gibbs Farm, Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington and the Govett-Brewster Gallery in New Plymouth.

He has worked as a fulltime sculptor since 1985. Currently he works and lives in Helensville.

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