Artist Statement

 

I feel that art has transformative power; It can open our minds and hearts. Public art can shape our shared spaces into places of inspiration and connection. By exploring the interface between nature and humanity, I am creating artwork that celebrates life. With each project I am pursuing the realization of the public imagination by changing a passing moment into something mysterious and beautiful. Through an evolving exploration of materials, hybrid forms are created that are simultaneously natural and artificial. These sculptures read in a way that is familiar and enigmatic, there is a step beyond self-expression, towards illuminating our physical consciousness.

Sculpture can interconnect the realms of art, science, nature and humanity. Public art can act as a unified gesture of permanence. Nature gently reclaims technology; the landscape is integrated with the art, and the art with the land. With these principles in mind, the environment becomes a theatre, creating a world of possibilities and wonder.

Arts have been integral throughout my life.  I have always believed in the importance of contributing to the well being of others; this led to a degree in Physiotherapy from McGill University. During an extended period of recuperation in the hospital, I began to sculpt and explore the transformative power of art. Public art became my guiding force. I studied art in Florence and Pietrasanta Italy, these are inspired places where art defines the public spaces and connects us through time. At Capilano University independent studies allowed me to develop processes for creating large scale artwork. Since 2005 my public art has animated public spaces as far away as Japan. Each project is an exploration of history, culture, form and public engagement. Each work of art speaks of craftsmanship and a unique vision. Art, science, nature and technology, history and mythology all have influence in my process and these influences mingle within the artwork. I feel that connecting these disparate fields is important for human progress. I have a strong belief in the transformative power of public art. It is clear to me that this artwork not only defines our public spaces, but our shared values and future.

I presently live in Vancouver with my wife and daughter.

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Photo by Dominic Schaeffer

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Photo by Dominic Schaeffer