Gregor Kregar

Bronze Thinker


2050mm x 700mm x 500mm

Gregor Kregar's surprising works have now been gracing the trail at Brick Bay for almost a decade. A highly regarded sculptor with works in major Australasian and European collections. Kregar typically utilises a wide range of materials, often using familiar subjects given surprising and ambiguous meanings.
'Bronze Thinker' 2015 at Brick Bay is the latest in his series of gnome sculptures. Reflective Lullaby - The Thinker II, 2013 formerly overlooked the Glass House lake, its shimmering stainless steel reflecting its watery surrounds. Now the bronze Gnome 2015 with its stunning blue patina holds court in the middle of the bush.
'Bronze Thinker' takes the vernacular cast concrete garden gnome that is an icon of suburban popular culture and transforms it from the kitsch into the sublime and ridiculous. Gnomes date back to medieval times where they were sacred gatekeepers, watchers and guardians of forests, minerals and precious metals. Interesting to note the word 'gnome' originates from the greek word 'gnosis', which means 'knowledge'.
Dwarfish earth spirits guarding a mystical underground treasure is a common theme in  many cultures, think of Der Ring Des Nibelungen by Richard Wagner where the works are based on characters from the Norse Sagas and the Nibelungenlied.
The artist comments; "I'm interested in how something that is usually made out of plastic or concrete and is associated with a low, kitsch aesthetic can be transformed into an arresting monumental sculpture."

Gregor Kregar was born in Slovenia, 1972.
He studied a B.F.A at the Academy of Fine Arts, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia from 1991-1996.
In 1997 he arrived in New Zealand, initially studying Art History and Maori at the University of Auckland, then moving on to complete a Masters of Fine Arts with first class honours at Elam School of Fine Arts between 1998-1999.
Whilst at Elam, Kregar was lectured by Michael Paraekowhai who made an indelible impression on his art practice and modus operandi. Kregar employs an extensive range of media, experimenting with materials such as recycled timber, stainless steel, neon lighting, porcelain and bronze. He is known for creating sculptures that challenge the traditional meanings of his subjects, representing works in such a way that displace traditional interpretations.
Once graduating from Elam, Kregar immediately made his mark on the New Zealand art scene by winning the Paramount Award at the Wallace Arts Trust Art Awards in 2000.
Kregar has been the recipient of numerous awards and high profile commissions, such as the Lexus Premier Award at Headland Sculpture on the Gulf in 2013, large scale installations at the Christchurch Airport, Auckland Airport, Price Waterhouse Coopers in Auckland and the Southern Way McClelland Commission in 2015, Melbourne. 
Kregar has also been acquired by many prestigious public and private collections including Te Papa Tongarewa, the James Wallace Arts Trust and the Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery, Toi O Tamaki, New Zealand.

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