Brent Holley

Brent Holley

Tinwald, Ashburton


Born and bred in Ashburton, I moved away in the early 90s, returning with my young family 5 years ago.  I come from a back ground in logistics and process design, but my passion lies in creating objects to be touched and viewed.  

Up until five years ago, I dreamt of creating pieces from wood, stone and steel. Then one day I decided to start following that passion.

I love using different materials to create pieces that entice the senses. My aim when working is to create pieces that encourage the viewer to reach out and touch it, feel its curves and the energy in the work.

My inspiration comes from many different places from nature, stories, myths and snap shots of everyday life. When people feel a real connection to my work that is probably the best compliment I could ever receive.

Organising the Ashburton Stone Carving Symposium in October 2014 was a highlight for me. Bringing my passion for stone carving /sculpting to the people of Ashburton, it was a great experience.

I have been selected to take part in the 2016 Te Kupenga Stone Sculpture Symposium. This is a hard stone symposium held in New Plymouth bi-annually.