Bruce Young

Born Invercargill 1950, the son of a panelbeater.

A sculptor and steel boatbuilder but a museum worker most of his working life.

After a career as a draughtsman and a few months at art school, he became a museum director working in five museums throughout New Zealand.

Exhibiting as a sculptor in the early days gave way to boatbuilding as a spare time interest. Turning back to sculpture, commissions have included birds and gates but working with forge and gas torch, a range of leaves and flowers have been unfolding. Larger abstract works have drawn on his steel yacht plating experience.

Commissions have included birds, gates and abstract forms.


I feel a bit old fashioned with my object orientated approach to art.  But I like objects, how they are made, the aging of the surfaces, the structural problems.


Much of my work is designed with gardens in mind. Indoor sculpture requires space that most houses don’t have but gardens usually have more expansive areas to both show and enjoy the work.


I am making one off pieces mostly for exhibitions, commissions and smaller multiples for galleries to stock.