David McCracken

New Zealand b. 1963

ᅠDavid McCracken began sculpting in his teens, mostly figurative work carved in wood. Returning to Auckland in his early twenties he worked in a variety of jobs including boat building and construction and gained skills using fibre and later steel fabrication and welding.

ᅠHe became involved in performing arts and in a short time was working full time in the production of sets and props. At this time he began making sculpture using a wide variety of materials. McCracken saw the potential of steel fabrication for producing art from readily available and inexpensive scrap when he could afford little else. He also experimented using a variety of materials including river rocks, synthetic hair and found objects. He furthered his metal fabrication skills to include aluminium, stainless steel and corten steel, and began casting in bronze and stainless steel.

ᅠIn 2000 he had his first solo exhibition ‘Fabrications’ at the McPherson Gallery and exhibited at the Beecroft outdoor sculpture show, marking the beginning of a series of floating works. In 2001 he was short listed for the Wallace Awards and had a second show ‘H2O2’ at McPherson Gallery as well as some private commissions. Work slowed for a spell after the birth of his third child in 2002 but in 2003 he increased production and is now sculpting full time.

ᅠMcCracken has exhibited at many outdoor exhibitions including three Sculpture in the Gulfs, winning the People’s Choice award in 2005, and Shapeshifter exhibitions. He has been short listed for the Wallace Awards three times, being an award finalist twice.

ᅠSelected Solo Exhibitions:

2012 Portraits of Mass and Transmission, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland

2010 New Works, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland

2005 Romantic Portraits of Raw Materials, McPherson Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

2001 H202 McPherson Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

2000 Fabrications, McPherson Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

Selected Group Exhibitions

2013 Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, Australia

2013 Headland Sculpture on the Gulf, Waiheke, Auckland

2009/2010 Stoneleigh Sculpture in the Gardens, Auckland Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

2009 Eye for Sculpture, Manukau Festival of the Arts, Auckland, New Zealand

2008 Shapeshifter. Dowse Museum, Lower Hutt, New Zealand

2008 Sculpture on the Shore, Auckland, New Zealand

2007 Sculpture in the Country, Wairarapa, New Zealand

2007 Sculpture on the Gulf, Waiheke Island, Auckland, New Zealand

2006 Sculpture in the Gardens, Auckland Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

2006 Wallace Art Awards, Auckland, New Zealand

2006 Shapeshifter, Dowse Museum, Lower Hutt, New Zealand

2005 Sculpture on the Gulf, Waiheke Island, Auckland, New Zealand

2004 Wallace Art Awards, Auckland, New Zealand

2003 Shapeshifter, Dowse Museum, Lower Hutt, New Zealand

2003 Sculpture on the Gulf, Waiheke Island, Auckland, New Zealand

2001 Wallace Art Awards, Auckland, New Zealand

Awards:

2013 Parsons & Brinckerhoff Award for Excellence in Engineering

2013 Wallace Arts Trust NZ Sculpture Award

2008 Harkness Henry Sculpture Award

2005 Telecom People's Choice Award, Sculpture on the Gulf

 

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