Bert Flugelman

Bert Flugelman

Last updated September 15, 2012


Bert Flugelman occupies a pre-eminent place amongst those contemporary Australian sculptors whose work is designed for open sites and public places. He has probably completed as many major sculptural commissions for public sites in Australia as any artist of his generation. These commissions allowed him to expand his pieces to monumental and heroic dimensions.

Stainless steel gave Flugelman a medium that he essentially made his own. In his hands, it proved a versatile material, capable of translating ideas that were linear or shape-oriented. He made particularly felicitous use of the reflective properties of polished stainless steel. His mirroring-surfaces explored new ground regarding the relationship between a sculpture and its physical and social environment, and they dramatized the relationship between the sculpture’s planar parts.

Bert’s public sculptures have been essentially abstract for decades. His most recent work, recalling ammonite forms, retains a strong sense of mathematical design and a feeling for powerful, iconic and archetypal symbols. For all its grounding in geometry, it has always been vital for Flugelman that his sculpture remained open to layers of interpretation, and invited speculation.

For the last forty years, Bert Flugelman has been one of the comparatively few Australian sculptors to have successfully brought contemporary or radical sensibilities to the tradition of art for public spaces. As with most sculptors he can draw.

Australian landscape
Indian ink and pen.
Acquired by the Trustees from the 2002 Award.
Bert Flugelman - Australian Landscape

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