Artwork Description / Detail
Llew Summers is one of New Zealand’s leading sculptors. His monumental sculptures in bronze, concrete and stone are highly visible in public spaces through – out the South Island
Two of his large bronze works ‘To the End of Love’ and ‘Butterfly’ were purchased by Auckland Botanical Gardens as permanent placements in 2007 and 2016.Summers began sculpting over forty years ago and his first exhibition was in 1971. His figures have a remarkable sense of lightness, movement and harmony, despite their size.
“What’s important to me is to get a balance between the physical and the spiritual in life. We’re given a soul and we’re given a body. Sculpture provides a nice balance, because works can be made which are meaningful, but they require your physical body to produce them. Rather than just being clever or smart, the work must have soul.”
Summers was born in Christchurch in 1947 and continues to live and work there today. His work is held in numerous corporate and private collections throughout New Zealand and in many countries overseas. Awards include the BNZ Art Award and the BP Art Award in the 1980s and the Arts Excellence Award (Community Trust, Christchurch) in 1997.