Peter Shoemark (Shoey) stepped into sculpting 16 years ago and since then he has created over 1,000 quirky objects from recycled materials, mostly junk metal. His sculptures are usually of a whimsical nature. Apart from some TAFE courses in welding and workshops in blacksmithing, he art arises from deep springs of imagination, creativity, humour and humanity.
Shoey’s combination of surrealism, animation and character influences provide a self-assured approach to the discipline of sculpture, resulting in a unique range of works. After filling the garden with sculptures, friends sternly started saying “no more”; it was time to trot around the Blue Mountain galleries. Sixteen years later and still no noticeable reduction in the size of the scrap heap or amount of clutter, the creative challenge continues. No animal, person or belief could be considered sacred or beyond the scope of an aging welder gone feral.
He currently exhibits at The Edge in Katoomba, Wild Valley Art Park in Wentworth Falls, Faulconbridge Farm, Katoomba Falls Café and Blackheath Hub. He regularly sells work at Grand View Markets, Wentworth Falls.