LINDA KLARFELD GALLERY
Linda Klarfeld is the first female sculptor in Australian History to be commissioned to create portrait busts for the Prime Ministers Avenue. Her Portrait bust of The. Hon Tony Abbott was unveiled in 2017 and attracted international attention. GQ magazine wrote "...the next time civic authorities around the world are looking to immortalise the great, good and merely notable, they may want to get in touch with Linda Klarfeld". Czech born, Klarfeld showed early talent and her work was exhibited at a national exhibition of exceptional children's art at Prague Castle at the age of three. Growing up in Australia, Linda was introduced to sculpture at the age of 14 and began a seven year apprenticeship, learning from various sculptors around the world. She completed her professional training in Europe and the USA. Fascinated by the deep psychological and romantic work of sculptors like Rodin, Linda wanted to capture the same depth in her own work. This lead her to further study in psychology and she gained a degree from Macquarie University. Her artistic skill and insight into the human ps8yche means her sculptures have "Life" and an emotional impact. At the age of 21 she had already established herself as one of Australia's foremost young sculptors when she received a large public commission to create the Stations of the Cross. It was from here that her reputation as a sculptress grew quickly, making her one of the best known figurative bronze sculptors in Australia and playing a signficant role in the revival of the portrait bust in Australia. Today her sculptures stand in front of Cathedrals, in presigtious private schools, in art galleries and homes of collectors around the world. Her best known public sculptures include statues of Dr Victor Chang, Pope John Paul II and 'Expressions of Love' at the Hunter Valley Gardens.