Marc Kalifa

Born: Paris, France.
Resides: Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

Artist Information
Marc Kalifa was born in Paris, France in 1951. He arrived in Darwin, Australia in 1974 and after survivng Cyclone Tracey worked as a jeweller until finding an interest and ability in creating stained glass windows in 1977 when he also relocated to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Gaining notoriety in this field he fulfilled many commissioned works including several large projects for historical monuments (e.g in Leeton, Victoria 12 windows to designs by Walter Burley Griffin). In 1985 on a study tour in France Marc had the opportunity to blow hot glass and became fascinated by the possibilities of the medium and so he converted his studio to be able to produce hot glass. Through both personal study and several workshops, Marc steadily mastered the arts of Pate-de-Verre, glass casting and cold working as well as bronze casting, which he has subsequently used in many of his sculptural works.

"Making glass for me is an alchemical process, where I need to apply my understanding of the fire and the way it transmutes basic raw opaque materials into a translucent medium. Once this fluid medium is born, the concern with colour begins. In this context, imagery and colour consideration are somewhat more important than the form on which it is applied. More recently, my search for appropriate form has led me back to casting metal methods, as well as experimenting with wood and the combination of these shapes along with colour has stimulated my investigation of multi-medium sculpture."

Marc has perfected several 'signature' series of works including Terra Australis (the landscape), the Dreamers (figures within the glass) and the Sunset series (Outback desert colours) which have all helped his career to go from strength to strength along with the gaining of many awards and the completion of major commissions such as the permanent trophy for the "Outrigger Boat World Championship", series of gifts for General Motors Holden and for the Performing Arts Trust at the Brisbane Festival. Kalifa glass can be found in the permanent collections of the Tweed Shire Regional Gallery, N.S.W., the Darwin Museum of Arts and Science, N.T., and the Bright Art Centre, Victoria and in private collections across Australia and New Zealand, the USA, Japan, France, the U.K. and Singapore.

Feature Artist
Art on Cairncross
September 2011

Foyer feature Artist
Moreton Bay Regional Gallery
April 2013

Feature Artist "Clear Visions"
Art on Cairncross
May 2013

Sunshine Coast Art Prize 3D
Noosa Regional Gallery
September 2013

Marc Kalifa was the feature artist at Art on Cairncross for May 2013.

Marc Kalifa is a finalist in the Sunshine Coast Art Prize 3D for 2013.

Below are a selection of the artists work:

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Blown Glass
40cm high

Sea Eclipse
Eclipse Series
40cm high

First there is a Mountain I
Sand Cast Glass, wooden light box
60cm high x 87cm wide x 31cm deep

Guardian - Passage
Glass, & Bronze
28cm high x 22cm wide

Once Upon a Time
Glass & Wood
?cm high x ?cm wide

Terra Australis Series
Blown Glass
15cm to 35cm high

Sunset Series
Blown Glass
16cm to 25cm high

Sunset Dreamers Series
Blown Glass
15cm to 35cm high

Earth Dreamer
Blown Glass
32cm high

Spring Series
Blown Glass
17cm to 25cm high

Male and Female Torsos
Cast Glass
20cm high

Layers of Time -Eclipse Series
Blown Glass
40cm high

Vibrance Vase
Blown Glass
38cm high

Winged Sunset Vase
Blown Glass
20cm high

Perfume Bottles
Blown Glass
12cm high

“Oil Lamps”
tallest - 22cm

“Oil Lamps
Midnight Symphony Series”
tallest - 20cm

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