Artist honoured online

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Last updated 14:45 11/12/2013
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CELEBRATING: Artist John Wolter, 3rd place winner of Artavita, an online gallery which showcases artist’s work from around the world.

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Kaiteriteri metal artist, John Wolter has came third place with a sculpture in an online international art contest hosted by Artavita. The free website for artists and galleries, provides gallery sites and information about art from all around the world.

Wolter's winning piece, titled Grace, qualifies him to enter the World Wide Art Los Angeles Show next year at the Los Angeles Convention Centre, on October 16 to 19.

Wolter intends going to the show taking small works. He is currently making a series of figurative pieces, all in different states of movement, based on rock climbers and mountaineers.

From his generously sized workshop just near the turn-off to Kaiteriteri, Wolter cuts, welds, hammers and grinds chunks of steel to form his figurative sculptures. He uses steel cut from sheets and rods ranging in thickness from 15mm to 30mm, cuts the pattern out, then adds more layers of steel to shape the piece, finishing with a black coating. The coating is made using a traditional blacksmithing technique learnt while living in Sweden. Oil is burnt on to the steel, then finished with a wax polish.

Wolter has lived overseas at different times of his career, Berlin, Toronto and his partner's home country, Sweden, but says he is happiest in New Zealand, with its temperate climate.

He says that websites like Artavita give artists the opportunity to showcase their work before a global audience, while allowing them to live in their place of choice.

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