Desire, Elegance, Balance. These qualities of a ballet dancer are captured beautifully in Linda Klarfeld’s sculptures that will be on display in the window of the Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy (TPCCA) in St Leonards throughout the month of June.
Klarfeld is based in Artarmon and has been gaining inspiration from TPCCA’s young dancers for the past ten years, both for her ballet sculptures her large scale work in bronze.
"Ballet dancers make the best models,” said Klarfeld. “Every movement they make is elegant. They are strong and flexible and they can hold a pose for hours."
Desire, the largest sculpture on display, required her model to stand on-point for a total of 11 hours.
"Not all in one go!" she stresses.
Nicole Sharp, Director of TPCCA, is a former sculptor who understands the creative process and thoroughly enjoys working with Klarfeld. She also likes that students can earn some money modeling for Klarfeld to help them pay for classes.
“It’s a win for all involved and a great cooperative art partnership,” Sharp said.
“I am a huge fan of Linda’s work. It is not easy to capture the qualities of a dancer in bronze – the grace, the aesthetic lines, the correct poses and qualities. Linda does this extremely well.
“Having a Fine Arts Degree and having practiced sculpting for years myself, I have a tremendous appreciation for what goes into these works of art. I am delighted to support and collaborate with Linda by recommending our talented students as models and now to have the opportunity to display her work in our new studio window. ”
A formal unveiling of Linda’s ballet sculptures in the window of Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy Studios at 87 Chandos St, will take place on Friday 5 June at 6pm by Lucinda Dunn OAM, the Academy’s Artistic Director and Australia’s longest serving Ballerina.
Linda Klarfeld’s sculptures will remain on display at 87 Chandos Street throughout the month of June.
Linda Klarfeld attended Chatswood High School and, as a teenager, became acquainted with many prominent artists working in the area. Encouraged by their example, she took up sculpting and began making sculptural work in bronze. She later studied in Prague and New York and began to play with traditional bronze sculpting traditions putting them in a contemporary context. She has created many monuments in Australia and her work has come to the attention of many prominent collectors, both locally and internationally. Linda Klarfeld’s studio is located in Dickson Avenue, Artarmon.
Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy
The Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy is recognised internationally as an elite, selective classical coaching academy. Tanya Pearson established the Academy more than 45 years ago and now has hundreds of successful graduates dancing professionally in ballet companies around the world. In 2015 the Academy announced the appointment of Lucinda Dunn OAM, Australia’s longest serving Principal Ballerina, to the role of Artistic Director. The Academy specialises in coaching and training those dedicated and talented students wishing to pursue a professional career in dance. The Academy also houses a successful part time school that offers classes in RAD Classical Ballet from Tiny Tots through to Advanced II level classes.
Opening Friday 5 June 2015
5.30 pm -7.30 pm
Unveiling by Lucinda Dunn OAM at 6.00 pm
87 Chandos Street
St Leonards NSW 2065
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