• Contemporary Jewellery
  • Hammer Forming
  • Metalsmithing
  • Metal Sculptures
  • Bio-Mechanical Sculptures
  • Custom Sculptures
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Name: Doug Kwok
Mobile: 0412 63 77 89
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My art style will vary over time but my main focus is aimed towards the aethetics of Robo-mechanical, macabre and Steam Punk themes which comprises of many components being completely hand made, to the use of found items in regards to my larger sculptural work.

I also make Contemporary Jewellery but more in terms of small sculptural forms using precious and semi precious metals and found objects.

  • Metal sculptures
  • Bio-mechanical sculptures
  • Custom metal sculptures
  • Contemporary Jewellery and Small Objects
  • Hammer forming
  • Metalsmithing

BIOGRAPHICAL HIGHLIGHTS & ARTIST'S STATEMENT

Doug Kwok, born in Brisbane 1966. Resides in Brisbane. A self taught artist creates hand fabricated metal sculptures and also incorporates found objects to form intricate sculptural artworks of his own unique style ingenuity and technique. He primarily uses precious and semi-precious metals but also uses other non-metallic mediums.

During his childhood, Doug built plastic model planes, cars, motorbikes etc. but soon made his own versions and other creations from different parts with various techniques now known as "Kit Bashing", "Fantasy Modeling" and "Scratch Building" purely because the results were different and could not be bought from the stores. This "tinkering" was the basis for the urge to modify or fully fabricate things, that will continue throughout his life.

Basically anything mechanical or electronic he would try to take apart to see what materials were used and how they were put together. The more complex the more appeal it had. While growing up he found it very interesting watching his friends fathers, who were mostly trades people, do repairs and make things from virtually limited bits and pieces with hand tools. It was like an advanced progression from Lego, Mechano and Fischertechnik toys which he also loved while growing up.

 
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During the 80's Doug studied at Technical College in subjects of Mechanical/Electrical and Electronic Engineering, then in later years worked in the Computer I.T. Industry. During spare time after hours he would make or repair things for friends, and rather than buy presents he would sometimes make one-off items instead. The beginning of his more defined work started to emerge with the Hyper Droids exhibition at Reverse Garbage in West End, Brisbane in 2001. This particular line of artwork was wearable and was also incorporated in many of Brisbane based high performance dance crew, Atomika with multiple live shows in and around Brisbane, including various night clubs, South Bank Piazza, Queensland Museum and Brisbane Power House. In 2008-2009 Doug pursued courses at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University in Contemporary Jewellery and Small Objects, Metal Casting and Master Class courses specialising in traditional Hand Hammer Forming metal techniques to refine his sculpturing style. Doug utilises Metal Smithing and Jewellery techniques in some of his sculptures but is also diverse with other industry methodologies including Electric and Gas Fusion Welding and Machining fabrications but currently prefers to create smaller artworks with intricacy and detail.
 

CURRICULUM VITAE
 

Name Doug Kwok
Vocation Metal Sculptor, Metalsmith/Jewellery & Small Objects
Phone 0412637789
Email doug@dougkwokart.com
Website www.dougkwokart.com
Citizenship    Australian
Resides Brisbane, QLD

 

ACADEMIC HISTORY

2011   
Contemporary Jewellery and Small Objects: Master Class: Metal Clay for REAL Jewellers, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Australia
2010 Gem Setting: Gemmological Association of Australia QLD Div Inc, Windsor, Australia
2009 Contemporary Jewellery and Small Objects: Short Course, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Australia
2009 Contemporary Jewellery and Small Objects: Master Class: Introduction to Raising, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Australia
2008 Contemporary Jewellery and Small Objects: Lost Wax Casting, Short Course, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Australia
2008 Contemporary Jewellery and Small Objects: Master Class: Beyond Bowl, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Australia
2005 Hand Made Silver Jewellery: Short Program, Moreton Institute of TAFE, Australia

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

2013 Attended JMGA 15th Biennial Conference Participation + Exchange, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Australia
2010 Attended Green Jewellery and Objects Symposium #2, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Australia
2010 Attended Re-source - prospects for contemporary jewellery and object making 14th Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia Biennial Conference. Central Institute of Technology, Northbridge, Perth, Western Australia.
2009    Attended Green Symposium, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Australia

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

2015    Faun Photography, photography assistant for Graduate Exhibition Catalogue, Brisbane, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Australia
2011 Mark Andrews Sculptor (Lost wax bronze casting. Dubai project contract), Cedar Vale, Australia
2009 Ice Art (Ice Sculptor/Installation), Coopers Plains, Australia

 

MEMBERSHIPS

2015 NAVA (National Association for the Visual Arts) – Premium Plus Membership
2014 NAVA (National Association for the Visual Arts) – Premium Plus Membership
2012 NAVA (National Association for the Visual Arts) – Professional Membership
2010 Contemporary Artisans Collective - Auxillary
2010 Art Workers Alliance - Accredited
2009 Sculptors Queensland – (Committee member, 2009 - 2011)
2009    Jewellers and Metalsmith Group of Queensland Inc.

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2002    Hyper Droids Exhibition, Reverse Garbage, West End, Australia

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015 Discover - 46th Brisbane Grammar School Annual Art Show 2015, (Sculpture), Brisbane Grammar School, Brisbane, Australia 
2015 Royal Queensland Show (RNA EKKA) Sculpture Exhibition, RNA Showgrounds, Bowen Hills, Australia
2015 Lux Lumens, A JMGQ Members Exhibition for the 16th JMGA Conference, Gaffa Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2015 Signatures, Fine Art Exhibition at Topiaries at Beaumont House by Rotary Club of Samford, Samford, Australia
2014 Wild Waters - JMGQ, Brisbane Square Library, Brisbane, Australia

2014

Sapphire - 45th Brisbane Grammar School Annual Art Show 2013, (Sculpture), Brisbane Grammar School, Brisbane, Australia

2014

Royal Queensland Show (RNA EKKA) Sculpture Exhibition, RNA Showgrounds, Bowen Hills, Australia

2014

Signatures, Fine Art Exhibition at Topiaries at Beaumont House by Rotary Club of Samford, Samford, Australia

2013 Illuminate - 44th Brisbane Grammar School Annual Art Show 2013, (Sculpture), Brisbane Grammar School, Brisbane, Australia 
2013 Illuminate - 44th Brisbane Grammar School Annual Art Show 2013, (Jewellery), Brisbane Grammar School, Brisbane, Australia
2013 Participate - An exhibition of recent works by Conference Delegates, held in conjunction with the Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia (JMGA) Biennial National Conference Participation + Exchange, Woollongabba Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
2013 Royal Queensland Show (RNA EKKA) Sculpture Exhibition, RNA Showgrounds, Bowen Hills, Australia
2013 3rd Dimension - Sculptors Queensland Indoor / Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Brisbane, Australia
2013 Human Family - Standard, A universally synchronised event, Trans-Art-Symposium, Under the House of Art, 689 Stafford Road, Everton Hills, Australia
2013 Signatures, Fine Art Exhibition at Topiaries at Beaumont House by Rotary Club of Samford, Samford, Australia
2012 103 Pendants, Art Factory Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
2012 Pickle Gallery Relaunch Fundraiser, Contemporary Artisans Collective, Windsor, Australia
2012 IF - 43rd Annual Art Show 2012, (Sculpture), Brisbane Grammar School, Brisbane, Australia
2012 IF - 43rd Annual Art Show 2012, (Jewellery), Brisbane Grammar School, Brisbane, Australia
2012 Royal Queensland Show (RNA EKKA) Sculpture Exhibition, RNA Showgrounds, Bowen Hills, Australia
2011 Momentum -  42nd Brisbane Grammar School Annual Art Show 2011, (Sculpture), Brisbane Grammar School, Brisbane, Australia
2011 Small Works 2011 Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy, Victoria
2011 Sculptors Queensland 2011 Annual Indoor/Outdoor Exhibition, Brisbane, Australia
2010 Contrast - 41st Brisbane Grammar School Annual Art Show 2010, (Sculpture), Brisbane, Australia
2010 Spectrum, Brisbane Square Library, Brisbane City, Australia
2010 Seat of the Soul, The Centre for Scenic Rim Arts & Culture, Beaudesert, Australia
2010 Toowoomba Contemporary Wearables 09. Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, Toowoomba, Australia, travelling to Rosny Barn Art Gallery, Rosny Park, Tasmania; Academy Art Gallery, Launceston, Tasmania; Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Manly, NSW; Logan Art Gallery, Logan Central, QLD.
2009 Heat, Sweat, Shimmer, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville, Australia
2009 Construct, Contrive, Construe. Sculptors Queensland Exhibition, Logan Art Gallery, Logan Central, Australia
2009 Explorations '09, Gaffa Gallery, NSW, travelling to Guilford Lane Gallery, Melbourne Australia,
2009 2009 Spring Garden Sculpture Show, Catchment Cafe, Somerset Dam, Australia
2009 Fragile Nature, Brisbane Square Library, Brisbane City, Australia
2009 Finalist. Toowoomba Contemporary Wearables 09, Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, Toowoomba, Australia
2009 Finalist. Small Works 09. Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy, Victoria
2008    Contemporary Jewellery and Small Objects: Lost Wax Casting, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Australia

 

EXHIBITIONS / WORKS FEATURED IN LIVE PERFORMANCES BY ATOMIKA DANCE COMPANY

2002 Hyper Droids Exhibition Reverse Garbage, West End, Australia
2001 Psychada Lyn-1 Headgear, Queensland Performing Arts Complex forecourt, Australia
2001 Hyper Droids, New Years Eve Event, Suncorp Piazza, South Bank Australia
2001 Critical Mass Dance Festival, Brisbane Power House, Tenneriffe, Australia
2001 Flipside Circus, Fund raiser Highgate Hill State School, Australia
2001 Psychada Lyn-1 Headgear Queensland Museum, Australia
2001 Fashion Show, Moon Bar, Empire Hotel, Fortitude Valley, Australia
2001    Psychada Lyn-1 Headgear, Family Night Club, Fortitude Valley, Australia

 

AWARDS & PRIZES

2015 2nd Prize Royal Queensland Show (RNA EKKA), Class 2 - Abstract and or stylized, Any Subject, Any Medium
2013
1st Prize Royal Queensland Show (RNA EKKA), Class 2 - Abstract and or stylized, Any Subject, Any Medium
2012 1st Prize Royal Queensland Show (RNA EKKA), Sculptors Queensland Champion Sculpture
2012 1st Prize Royal Queensland Show (RNA EKKA), Class 2 - Abstract and or stylized, Any Subject, Any Medium
2011 Perides Developing Artist Award, Sculptors Queensland 2011 Annual Indoor/Outdoor Exhibition, Brisbane, Australia
2011 Peoples' Choice Award, Sculptors Queensland 2011 Annual Indoor/Outdoor Exhibition, Brisbane, Australia
2000    Best Halloween Costume Design, Blade Sensations, South Brisbane, Australia

 

COMMISSIONS & AQUISITIONS

2012 Ay! Chihuahua! - Brisbane Grammar School, Brisbane, Australia
2012 4 Card Players V2 - Private
2010 Copper Pyramids – Private
2008 Sci-Fi X-Wing Fighter - Private
2008 Custom Wall Clock - Private
2007 Exokatin - Private
2007 Sci-Fi Imperial Walker Robot - Private
2003 Origami models (Group) - George Patterson Bates Advertising, Brisbane, Australia
2002 Origami models (Group) - George Patterson Bates Advertising, Brisbane, Australia
1999    Firebird - Private

 

CUSTOM ART SAMPLES SUPPLIED

2002 Origami models, Depesquale Advertising, Fortitude Valley, Australia
2001    Origami models, Gadens Lawyers, Brisbane, Australia

 

CATALOGUES

2014

Signatures, Fine Art Exhibition, Rotary Club of Samford, Samford, Australia

2013

Signatures, Fine Art Exhibition, Rotary Club of Samford, Samford, Australia

2012 IF, 43rd Annual Art Show Catalogue 2012, Brisbane Grammar School, Brisbane, Australia
2011 Momentum, Annual Art Show Catalogue 2011, Brisbane Grammar School, Brisbane, Australia.
2010 Contrast. Annual Art Show Catalogue 2010, Brisbane Grammar School, Brisbane, Australia.
2010 Seat of the Soul. The Centre for Scenic Rim Arts & Culture, Beaudesert, Australia
2009    Contemporary Wearables '09 - Biennial Jewellery Award and Exhibition, Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery

 

PUBLICATIONS

2013 Conference Edition, Autumn 2013, p22, p23 Paillon, JMGQ
2013 Rotary Notes, The Village Pump, p 2, Friday, Feb 15, 2013
2012 Doug Kwok: Tips from the studio, Summer 2012, p 27, Paillon, JMGQ
2012 A Glimpse at the process of making Spintikin Gothic, Inform - Sculptors QLD Newsletter, Aug 2012
2012 Doug's deft handiwork on show, Southern Star, Wed, May 23, 2012
2011 Brisbane Grammar School Newsletter, Brisbane Grammar School, Brisbane, Australia
2010 Gallery Art Show Gem, Arts and Entertainment (online), Albert Logan News, 23 Nov, 2010
2010 Exhibition is a dazzler, Wed. Nov 24, p 37, Albert and Logan News
2010 The Centre for Arts and Culture Beaudesert, QLD June 2010 Listings, p 119, Art Almanac
2010 Hanging Around Openings + Events, E-Bullettin, June 10, Art Workers Alliance
2010 Spiritualism, June 5-6, ETC section, p 2, The Courier Mail
2010 Seat of the Soul Opening, 17th June, 2010, p 28, Tamborine Times
2010 Seat of the Soul - Art Expressing the Spiritual, 10th June, 2010, p 35, Tamborine Times
2010 Seat of the Soul, 3rd June, 2010, p 35, Tamborine Times
2010 Gallery Space, Winter 2010 Edition 58, p20, p21, Paillon, JMGQ
2009 Sculptures on Show, Albert Logan News, 2009
2009 Construct, Contrive, Construe, Inform - Sculptors QLD Newsletter, Dec 2009
2009 Getting Out There - Again, Inform - Sculptors QLD Newsletter, Oct 2009
2009 Doug Kwok at Fragile Nature Show, Inform - Sculptors QLD Newsletter, Sept 2009
2009 Artists turn 'jewellery' into wearable 'art', Chronicle, The; Toowoomba QLD
2002 Inside Looks Good Out, Hyperdroids Exhibition, Business section p 9, Southern News
2001 Nexus. Family Night Club, October 3, p 16, Scene Magazine
2000    Halloween at Morrison Hotel, Hot Spots by Ken Lord, People section p 93, The Sunday Mail


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