“Maskerader” by Kim Bellette
260 mm 150 mm
Kim Bellette – Sculptor
Kim has spent an entire lifetime involved in and around the Art’s and Antique interests, working professionally in Adelaide for over 35 years. He was taught the Art of Woodcarving/Sculpting by his Grandfather Rollo Haskard, himself a second generation Woodcarver/Sculptor and Master Craftsman with additional skills as a wood turner and Landscape painter. Kim’s interest started as a child designing and constructing items and watching his Grandfather’s pieces take shape. Kim has also studied Commercial Art and Industrial Design and even taught Woodcarving at TAFE part time for a short period.
Being a sixth generation Australian, and having spent his developing years within the Mitcham Hills, has forged respect for the connection between man and nature. A belief in the need to nurture and develop the Ancient traditions of creating in wood and associated materials has driven him to strive for perfection in design and technique, and sees his role as an Artist to use the original beauty of nature, not only to extend it to a more permanent object of inspirational beauty and pleasure, but also to express the fragility of the source of this beauty and its vulnerabilities to humanity.
Kim’s projects have ranged from a Cedar of Lebanon pendant to busts, figures, a Church Reredos wall of carving, with various other Church, Cathedral and Ecclesiastical works.
His favourite subjects are Native bird life and the morals behind the stories of Classical Mythology. His passion also extends to Clay, Terracotta, Plaster and Limestone Sculptures, both Classical and Abstract themes, from coffee table size to Landscape. Forest waste is a paradox with even the smallest of pieces transformed into art, and the resonance of millennium life forms exude from his Limestone pieces.