Brett ‘Mon’ Garling
Born with a fascination for anatomy, Brett gained the nickname of ‘Monster’, at age five, from his early collecting of bones and animal specimens. ‘Monster’ was quickly shortened to ‘Mon’ and the name stuck. ‘Mon’ was born in Pambula, 1970, and spent his childhood in rural towns such as Lightning Ridge, Narrabri and Dubbo where his love of the bush and its characters were nurtured. These themes now play a dominant role in his work.
Completely self-taught, used the greats such as Streeton, Roberts and Hoff as role models. Fascinated also by the technical aspects of casting in bronze has led him to establish his own foundry where his works are cast. “Mon’ is now widely regarded as a expert in the field of sculpture and casting and is sought after as a speaker on the subject.
He was awarded a Fellowship in September, 2006, by the Australian Institute of History and Arts in recognition of his many years of contribution to the field of Traditional sculpture.
A multi-award winning artist, for both sculptures and painting, ‘Mon’ has works in private and corporate collections world wide, including The Rural Press, Carlton and United, Dubbo City Council, Wellington Council, Boeing Australia, Comedian John Cleese , HRH Prince Edward, Outback Writers Ass.and the Sykes Collection, just to name a few.