J O H N    T O P F E R


Venice - corten steel - 160cm h x 60cm w x 60cm d - $6,600 (suitable for outdoors)

My work deals with the abstracted natural form in the landscape. 
Welded mild or corten steel is constructed to create bold shapes derived from the human form and natural elements.
The focus is on line and the sweep of curve and volume. Many of the works are multi-pieced, 
allowing movement, expansion and contraction of positive and negative spaces. 
Volumes are emphasised through the use of strong colour and the interplay of spacing between elements of the work.

'Come Back' - corten steel - 2450mm long x 1550mm high x 550mm wide (approx.) - $12,000

The sculptures are designed be placed in the landscapecreating a tangible connection to the land.
Following the disastrous bushfires around Canberra in 2003 the countryside in which I live was reduced to its very
essential and simple elements; stark lines and fundamental shapes devoid of much of the ‘dressings’ that had been burnt away.
Since then the land has been in the grip of drought. One theme of my work is to seek to express these simple elements
of components of the landscape and the effect of drought on them.
The use of rusted finishes, in both mild steel and corten, tries to capture the drought affected hues of the landscape.

Divided Loyalty -  Australian red cedar and painted steel - 120cm h x 45cm w x 25cm d - $3,300

Ribbon Series 2 - red painted steel - $990

Ribbon Series 2 - copper - painted steel - $990