Carl Valerius began in his creative field as a stonemason. He does not claim status as being classically trained in sculpture, or qualified by formal academic recognition. Instead, his artistic life has been derived from skills he has developed for essential survival as a stonemason and builder to where he stands today as a nationally recognised sculptor, working with bronze, stone and wax and soft materials in between. It has been taught from his real life’s journey and experiences, learning such skills as how to balance two tonne boulders while designing balancing rock displays to etching subtle facial expressions on miniature clay or wax figures. His lack of formal training has not prevented him from being an invited guest lecturer at the University of New South Wales.
If you have been to Darling Harbour, Sydney you will have seen Carl’s work. Likewise Canberra’s National Museum has his work on permanent display. Along tourist routes through inland New South Wales his sculptures are dotted around the countryside in public spaces.
His most recent significant work produced in 2020 is a life size bronze statue of ‘Bill the Bastard’, Australia’s greatest warhorse depicted in ABC’s Landline. This is on display on the Riverina town of Harden-Murrumburrah. Through these public civic works he helps to bring Australia’s significant history into the present.
The linked photos show some of Carl’s more significant works.
Among the categories of works are:
- Sculptures Cast in Bronze – Bill the Bastard (Murrumburrah), Sir Donald Bradman and the design of The Captain’s Walk, Cootamundra (Jubilee Park and Bradman’s Cottage), Boofhead (Temora Railway Station), The Antipodean (National Museum, Canberra), Johnny Mullagh (1868 Indigenous Team Captain), and many private bronze sculptures of family members, favourite family pets such as dogs, cats or prize winning animals. See also Bronze Casting
- Sculptures in Concrete and Clay – These are manufactured to order, such as Roman Columns, Water Features.
- Civic Public Space Sculptures and Stone Work. Two significant examples are Balancing Rocks at Darling Harbour’s Chinese Gardens of Friendship, Young’s Chinese Friendship Gardens.
- Private Landscape Features.
- Town Entry Sculptures heralding approaching towns.
Clients have included:
- Councils and Towns requiring commissioned work
- Tourist Destinations
- Private Clients with personal projects.
Carl can easily be contacted to discuss your own projects, small or large. He would be delighted if you wanted to visit in his studio in Harden-Murrumburrah or simply meet over a phone call.