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Breathing life into the past

Natural Historical Artist Paul Stumkat with his cast of the Richmond pliosaur. Photo Candyce Braithwaite / Warwick Daily News
Natural Historical Artist Paul Stumkat with his cast of the Richmond pliosaur. Photo Candyce Braithwaite / Warwick Daily News Candyce Braithwaite

HIS home is among the mountains surrounded by green grass, ploughed paddocks, gum trees and views of beautiful cliff faces.

His workshop is surrounded by singing birds, running streams and nature at its best.

Artist Paul Stumkat's home is in the famous Condamine Gorge, just east of Killarney.

Mr Stumkat is an award-winning artist who loves the natural environment. He has developed skills and received numerous qualifications in a broad range of artistic and associated fields.

With a background in museum preparation work, he has spent the past 23 years sculpting models of extinct animals, including taxidermy of some of Australia's rarest marsupials.

Mr Stumkat's work has been commissioned by Australian museums and international collectors, with some material used by the movie industry.

With his extensive knowledge and international experience, he also creates works of art using traditional mediums such as bronze, steel and stone.

Most recently, Mr Stumkat has been working on a piece for the Richmond Museum.

"For the past few weeks I have been working on the cast of the Richmond pliosaur," he said.

"This palaeo reconstruction has involved intense study of the Richmond pliosaur skeleton (currently under study at the Queensland Museum in Brisbane), which is the finest example of its kind anywhere in the world," Mr Stumkat said.

"Many of the creature's injuries have been incorporated into the reconstruction, which demonstrates what a dangerous life a pliosaur led in Queensland's Cretaceous seas 100 million years ago, which could possibly have been caused by bite marks.

"A complex reconstruction of this nature involves making detailed measurements, studies of comparative fauna, drawing and model making," he said.

"The life-size sculpture will hang in a new gallery where many of Richmond's important scientific fossils will be displayed.

"The sculpture will be completed and hung in the new gallery in time for the 2012 Cannington Outback Festival which is on May 4-7."

Topics:  dinosaurs taxidermy


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