“I feel that the shape of the tree has been lost in the timber generic where the utilitarian appeal of timber has been over emphasised at the expense of the expression of the tree. It seems that the wood is considered more important than the original living form.”

Michael Robert Greve
Sculptor

Michael Robert Greve

Meet Michael Greve, an eccentric sculptor with an insatiable passion for working with wood.

Extending beyond traditional sculpting techniques, Michael seeks out new and unconventional ways to examine the material. From intricate carvings to bold designs, he embraces experimentation, pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved with timber as his medium.

While Michael's work is diverse, nature serves as his greatest muse. Each sculpture pays homage to the inherent beauty of wood, highlighting its unique characteristics and the stories it carries.

His sculptures invite viewers to touch, feel, and experience the tactile nature of timber, creating a sensory connection that resonates at a non-intellectual level ( feeling sense).

With his unwavering passion, daring experimentation, Michael continues to redefine the possibilities of his craft. His creations not only capture the imagination but also serve as a testament to the boundless creativity that arises when an artist explores new horizons.

Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, he studied at RMIT Sculpture Department in the early days, becoming more and more independent from the opinions of others in later life and determined to view his works, and his creations, his way.

Australia is blessed with a unique environment of air, land, water and space. Michael loves his country; his work shows us this love as well as the respect he holds for what it gives to him.

Born: Melbourne, Australia, 1958
RMIT Sculpture, Melbourne.
Practices as an Anaplastologist, Merch Private Hospital, Melbourne.

Exhibitions

Sculpture at Scratchley, Fort Scratchley, Newcastle 2023
The LAKE Art Prize 2022, Museum of Art and Culture yapang Lake Macquarie, NSW
SWELL Sculpture Festival, 2021
Emirates One and Only Wolgan Valley, 2019
Hillview Sculpture Biennial, NSW 2018, 2017, 2016
Somewhere down the Lachlan Sculpture Trail, Forbes, NSW 2017
Sculptures at Killalea, Killalea State Park, NSW 2016, 2017
East and West Art, Melbourne (solo) 2016
Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, Sydney 2015, 2014
Maunsell Wickes Gallery, Sydney 2015
ARTSingapore 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2001
Shanghai Art Fair 2006
SAAF, Sydney Art Fair 2004, 2003
MAAF, Melbourne Art Fair 2004, 2002, 2000
Participant in “International Sculpture Event”, Toolangi, Australia
Australian National Committee for the International Association of Art Inc. U.N.E.S.C.O.

Awards

'Peoples Choice Major Award', Sculptures at Scratchley, Newcastle NSW 2023
‘Major Prize’ Sculptures at Killalea, Killalea State Park, NSW 2016
‘People’s Choice’, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2014
‘Staff Award’ Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2014
Churchill Fellowship, Europe and Japan
Queen Elizabeth Trust, Annexed Grant, Sweden

Commissions

Bust of Sir Benjamin Rank, Victorian Plastic Surgery Unit, Melbourne
Bust of Sir Robert Menzies, Menzies Hotel, Ballarat, Victoria
Bust of Mrs R. Ho, Singapore
Ten Marquette’s, Australian College of Surgeons
Black Gum series, Uli SIgg, Switzerland

Private Collections

Mr. Terry Snow, Canberra
Dr. Uli Sigg, Switzerland. 2004, 2007
Mr. Ian Taylor, Melbourne
Mr. Stapleton, Victoria
De Edelstein, Den Haag, Holland.
Inge King, Melbourne, Australia. 2009