Sculptor – bronze and sandstone.
Born; Brisbane, Queensland 1940
Resides; Brisbane, Queensland
After leaving school, Rhyl worked for four years as an artist at the Queensland Natural History Museum, but it was during the seventies that her career as a sculptor became truly established.
“In 1976, I won a national competition for a commission to complete the carving in the Great Court of the University of Queensland, and over 30 years later, I am still regularly working on this monumental task, having created over 250 individual carvings, several of monumental proportion. This work is of historic, long-term significance and has been listed by the National Trust since 1990.
Extensive stone carving in “Wordsmiths, The Writer’s Café” has highlighted my choice of subjects inspired by the publications of the University of Queensland Press. This too is an on-going commission, bearing with it, a great deal of responsibility for authenticity.
Many major commissioned sculptural works have been completed over the last 30 years, perhaps the most prestigious being the ceramic Australian Coat of Arms in the House of Representatives in Parliament House, Canberra, ACT. This was the first art work commissioned and completed for the complex in 1987. A 120% life-size bronze equestrian figure, “Man from Snowy River” is my largest bronze to date, and my original designs and sculpture in a variety of media have been commissioned for the most prestigious tourist resorts in the country including the reception areas of Mirage Resorts, both Gold Coast and Port Douglas, Marriott International Hotel and Pan Pacific Broadbeach.”
Other monumental commissions include such pieces as the RAAF Memorial, Queens Park, Brisbane; the David Wilkes Memorial, Toowoomba Turf Club; the Museum Replica Turtles, Nagoya Aquarium, Japan; the Sandford Jackson Portrait Freize, Wesley Hospital, Brisbane; and the Memorial to the Australian Forces in Korea and S.E. Asia, Anzac Square, Brisbane. Many further commissioned works can be found in nearly all the private schools in Brisbane. One of the delights for any artist whose work is predominantly commissioned, is the freedom found when creating purely for its own sake and this is most apparent in Rhyl’s rare smaller sculptures.
ART PRIZES, AWARDS & SCHOLARSHIPS;
1967 Bundaberg Centenary Sculpture Prize
1972 & 1975 Warana Caltex Sculpture Prize
1973 Caloundra Art Festival Sculpture Prize
1974 Sandgate Sculpture Prize
1973 & 1975 Garden City Sculpture Prize
1976 Appointed University of Queensland Sculptor
1986 Awarded Churchill Memorial Fellowship
1988 Bicentennial Commemorative Medallion
1990 Great Court, University of Queensland listed by the National Trust.
1968 - 1975 Annual exhibitions of The Society of Sculptors, Queensland
1972 – 1975 Annual exhibitions of Craft Association of Queensland
1972 – 1975 Annual Queensland Arts Council Touring Exhibitions
1981 Inaugural Craft Expo ’81 Sydney, NSW.
1990 “Visions Celebrated”, Queensland Performing Arts Centre. A collection of bronze and marble figurative sculptures, from which four bronze sculptures for permanent exhibition were purchased by the Performing Arts Trust. The exhibition was part of the celebrations for the thirtieth anniversary of the foundation of the Queensland Ballet.
1971 – 1986 Australian Flying Arts School; Craft Council of Queensland; Society of Sculptors, Queensland; Queensland Arts Council; Fibres and Fabrics, Townsville; North Queensland Artists United; Central Western Queensland Cultural Organisation; Queensland Secondary School Art Teachers Association; Brisbane College of Advanced Education; National Textile Forum; Burdekin Cultural Centre; Queensland Art Gallery; School of the Built Environment, Queensland Institute of Technology; Brisbane City Council; Warana Festival and Rural Youth, Queensland.
1982 Festival ’82 The Commonwealth Games, Brisbane
1983 Kaleidoscope ’83 World University Games Universade ’83, Edmonton, Canada
1985 Enchanted Island Spectacular, Australia Day, Canberra, ACT
Over 75 portraits have been completed in ceramic, bronze and stone including those of
Dame Joan Sutherland;
and Alexander Pope.
Recently, Mary Poppins, erected in Maryborough in 2005, birthplace of author P.L. Travers.
For Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II;
Sir Edmund Hillary;
Sir Leslie Theiss;
Sir Joh Bjelke-Peterson
and significant awards such as the Annual University of Queensland Alumnus of the Year Award; The Great Court Race Perpetual Trophy; The Lloyd O’Neill Award for Australian Book Publishers and the Steele Rudd Award for Literature 1990. desc -->
Below are a selection of the artists work:
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