/ / Artist Bios 2021

John Nesirky is a Townsville based boatbuilder and sculptor. Nesirky’s sculptures are a result of a lifelong curiosity of form and function; the skeleton of a bird, the strikes of a traditional timber boat, the beautiful fragility disguising a violin’s strength and acoustic intensity.

Nesirky was born in London and raised in Oxfordshire, where he studied art and started working with wood. His work reflects his training in boat building and musical instrument construction, and has been working as a Shipwright in Townsville for 24 years.


2021 SWELL ARTWORK – Standing Wave 2, John Nesirky 

Standing wave 2 is Nesirky’s response to a changed world. During the Pandemic lives have altered rapidly ; even our vocabulary:

Isolation, lockdown, safe distancing and Covid Wave..
Nesirky’s bold blue sculpture aims to reclaim the word ‘wave’
as beautiful, ceaseless energy . As the tide ebbs the shore is refreshed with new hope.


SWELL Kids Artist Statement – Standing Wave 2, John Nesirky 

When you hear or read the word
‘Wave’ , what do you imagine?
It can mean several different things.
How many meanings can you think of?
When you look at the ocean waves how does it make you feel?
It can be calming, and at other times wild and awesome.
My wave is standing, fixed in time to remind us of the wonderful world we share even in different and difficult times.


Instagram: @nesirkydesigns

Come and see for yourself at SWELL Sculpture Festival, Pacific Parade, Currumbin 10-19 September.