ARTIST STATEMENT

My works are simply decorative shapes inspired by nature that reflect my interest in surface textures, contrasts and form and the personal responses I have to them, which I suspect are similar to the feelings that makers of decorative objects have felt for thousands of years.

Being a surfer, not only do I depend on the occasional wave coming my way I also draw most of the ideas for my current work from the ocean. With its constantly changing moods and surprising beauty such as the graceful dance of a manta ray, the immense power of a whales tail slap or shells sculpted by the sea have all become a constant source of inspiration to me.

My medium of choice is wood... sourced sustainably, and consider my work as a collaboration with the tree and allow part of the grain, or “personality” to show in evidence of a life once lived.

When I am working I will generally have a pre-determined shape in mind, but as the process evolves the timber sometimes has other plans and for me this is where it gets exciting. I’m always amazed at how creative opportunities can turn up when you least expect them and have found that through lots of hard work, perseverance and keeping an open mind that the rewards are in working with the wood, rather than against it.

My hope and intent is to incorporate or echo natures flowing lines and patterns into my work, and view each piece as a stepping stone on a journey of self discovery and improvement.

About the work

Each piece is unique and as far removed from the world of mass production as possible. Ian takes great pride in creating elegant one-of-a-kind handmade pieces for the discerning collector or anyone who appreciates the value of studio crafted objects.

No woodworking takes place until the design is resolved as much as possible with pencil and paper before moving into 3D. Then a variety of power and hand tools are used to shape and sculpt the timber which is then finished with several grades of sandpaper. The piece is now painted leaving an area of the finely sanded wood grain showing, which is then coated with 2-3 coats of buffing oil. The painted surface is then embellished with a detailed pattern painstakingly carved out by hand with small chisels and lastly the whole piece is treated with a sealant.

The end result is hopefully an organic form with contrasting textures which is subtle and aesthetically stimulating.