Sculpture not all work

HEAVY industry and the arts may seem to be poles apart but they are closer than you think.

In the case of Keith Dowling, they are very close, indeed.

The principal of KDE Engineering is also a sculptor who makes use of the industrial materials he works with in his 'day job' and his engineering skills are often called on by other sculptors needing technical help with projects.

Keith is also the co-owner of Greenstone Gallery in Emerald Beach, directed by his partner and the huge rope 'knot' which is a feature of the gallery garden is one of his pieces that make use of the strength and energy of industrial materials.

This month his 'industriart' is front and centre inside Greenstone Gallery in the Element exhibition, which brings his work together with paintings by Lorna Wall and Narelle Telford.

Keith said he was now doing more figures and kinetic art, using steel, stainless-steel and copper in addition to timber and stone.

A knee injury which put him on crutches shortly before the exhibition restricted the number of pieces he was able to put on show but not his enthusiasm.

“I've only been doing sculpture for three years but I've worked in and with these materials all my life and all the machinery lends itself to making sculptures,” he said.



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