Bibra Lake artist first time exhibitor at ShowOff 15

Marc Dimmick. Photo: Jon Hewson. d491881 communitypix.com.au.
Marc Dimmick. Photo: Jon Hewson. d491881 communitypix.com.au.

BIBRA Lake’s Marc Dimmick has gone from being an artist in the kitchen to one in the gallery.

Despite having a love for art since childhood, it was in the kitchen where Mr Dimmick put his talents to use in the early 1980s, working as a chef where he sculpted using pastry margarine, winning several international Salon Culinaire awards along the way.

These days, he focuses his skills on portrait sculpture, creating life-like faces of celebrities, film and television characters and well-known regional personalities.

“In 2011, I was fortunate to win a Churchill Fellowship and I got to travel around the world for three months researching my topic,” he said.

“Upon receiving a Churchill Fellowship I researched Sir Winston Churchill and in fact he was my first sculpture in clay some five years ago.

“My research and reading about this incredible man has been a considerable influence in my determination to pursue my sculpting and artistic pursuits.”

Mr Dimmick will be showing three of his sculptures as one of 65 artists in the City of Cockburn’s annual ShowOff exhibition.

He said he was excited to be involved in the exhibition for the first time.

“The three pieces I will be exhibiting will be three busts, one of Sir Ben Kingsley who I have always admired in movies, the second of Layla, a model used in a master class with Amelia Rowcroft in the UK and the final piece is the hidden man,” he said.

“This is a piece which is an example of what I teach students to sculpt using traditional canons of proportion.

“My goal is to raise interest in getting people to see and understand traditional sculpture and see the artistic merit of this style but more importantly, that anyone can do it.”

ShowOff 15 is at the Hamilton Hill Memorial Hall from April 6 to 14.

Visit www.marcdimmicksculptor.com for more information on the sculptor.