Toni Cross de Chavannes always creates absolutely unique works that reflect of her strong sense of the Spirit. With the eye of a storyteller and the soul of an adventurer, Toni always sees things anew allowing her to capture that -special something- so sought after by so many others in paintings and sculpture.
Many have described this unique creativity as the innovative blending of abstract with realism which results in works that are exceptionally different. When Toni discovered art she instantly clicked and new paths of adventure opened that continue to this day. It is often said that she would sculpt or paint until someone rips the clay or brush from her hands. Such is her passion to continually create.
Toni began sculpting in Vancouver, Canada, using North American Native Indians as her subject matter. Since returning to Australia, Toni has become a very active member of the Gold Coast Society of Sculptures. She is a proud family member of the famous impressionist, Pierre Purvis de Chavannes- the youngest artist to have works hung in the Louvre. She became more involved in painting since settling in Australia.
Toni’s range of work is diverse to the extreme and is well received by all. Recently, her pieces have included many works on the theme of “Relationships”. A recent work “Endless Love” was requested for donation by Ronald MacDonald Charities and sold at auction after heavy bidding. For many years she has been a longtime contributor of an annual piece of Sculpture to the Cancer Society. Her donated works have raised considerable amounts for Camp Quality and numerous other charities.
Toni’s last main solo exhibition was “The Child Within Exhibition” at Darling Park in Sydney which consisted of a 70 piece collection. Toni works have now moved almost exclusively into Bronze, Copper, Granite, Resin, Steel and Polished Aluminium Sculptures. Toni is also expanding into new works which use these above mediums but additionally including the added dimensions of water and light. These new larger sculptures are beginning to take a considerable amount of her time. This has resulted in Toni being largely involved in private commission works in 2005. One of her recent private commission, “Two Mermaids” has just recently completed installation at Main Beach, Queensland as a public outdoor water display. 2005 has been an extremely busy year for Toni with a private commission in New Zealand and two more separate additional private commissions in London, England.
As 2006 begins Toni is already beginning another year of intense activity starting with the Private Commission sculpture of the official bust of Clifford Possum, one of Australia’s most famous Aboriginal Artist. Toni is the proud holder of the Tony Palmer Sculpture Award. Her works have been exhibited in Canada, United States, New Zealand and extensively throughout Australia. Her works are privately collected internationally by many private and corporate collectors. A very large numbers of her pieces have been purchased by and for addition to The Hans Sip Collection. Her works are recorded at the Australian National Gallery. Currently, Toni is planning a major exhibition in Auckland and Wellington, New Zealand for the later part of 2006. Exhibitions are now at the planning stages for New York, Japan and Europe during 2007.