"The Stone is in charge here"
A direct carver, I proudly sing the praises and the ethics of folk art, when good enough is a masterpiece. Folk art encompasses art produced from an indigenous culture or by peasants or other labouring tradespeople. I'm just another labouring tradesperson producing fun, utilitarian and decorative works. My work is characterised by a naïve style, in which traditional rules of proportion and perspective are not necessarily followed.
All hand carved from found stones or quarry rubble, I don't set myself any boundaries, I enjoy the finding of a stone, and seeing what it wants to be. This gives me the freedom to explore, search, experiment and enjoy both in subject and material - the stone is in charge here.
"You can find out how to do something and then do it or do something and find out what you did".
"When you see a fish you don't think of its scales, do you? You think of its speed, its floating, flashing body seen through the water... If I made fins and eyes and scales, I would arrest its movement, give a pattern or shape of reality. I want just the flash of its spirit".
"A clever man knows nothing a stupid man knows everything."
Direct carving is an approach to making carved sculpture where the actual process of carving suggests the final form rather than a carefully worked out preliminary model.
This new approach was introduced by Constantin Brancusi from about 1906. Before that carved sculpture had always been based on a preconceived model. Often it was then actually carved by craftsmen employed by the artist. The marble sculptures of Auguste Rodin were made in this way.
An important aspect of direct carving was the doctrine of truth to materials. This meant that the artist consciously respected the nature of the material, working it to bring out its particular properties and beauty of colour and surface. Direct carvers used a wide variety of types of marble, stone and wood. They kept to simple forms which respected the original block or tree trunk. Surfaces were kept uncluttered by detail in order to expose the material itself, and were often carefully polished to enhance the colour and markings. The results were often highly abstract.
Shown below are a selection from over 20 years of stone carving in limestone, sandstone, slate and found items. Click on images for titles and availability.
Waiting for a Prince - Sold
Mermaid - Available
The Awakening - Sold
Native - Available
Dreams - Sold
The Changeling - Available
5 - 6
For sales and exhibitions please contact me by email in the first instance.
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