ABOUT THE ARTIST

With an engineering background Ian has worked in a variety of fields including shipbuilding, opal cutting and at ski resorts. His creative outlet prior to woodcarving was painting. He initially learnt woodturning and furniture design in Tasmania (Associate diploma art craft and design) 1995-96. This was an introduction to a whole new creative field. Attending a woodcarving course with Robert Howard in 2001 was one of those life changing experiences, the lathe was abandoned in favour of a more free-form approach. "Over the years a trusted friend and mentor Tony Smibert (contemporary Tasmanian watercolour painter) has taught me, amongst other things, the importance of trusting my inner artist and to follow your heart".

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

The King & Queen of Spain ( Gift of the governor-general of Australia)

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2018

  • Turned and Sculpted Wood, Wood Symphony, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Valley Reflections, Emirates One & Only, Wolgan valley, NSW, Australia

2017

  • Rylstone Wood Sculpture Symposium, Rylstone, NSW, Australia
  • X1 FIP World Polo Championships art exhibition, Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • Sculpture at Killalea, NSW, Australia
  • Sculpture at Kooindah, Kooindah Golf Resort, Wyong, NSW, Australia
  • Sculpture at Kangaroo Valley, The Cedars, Kangaroo Valley, NSW, Australia
  • Turned Wood Small Treasures, Wood Symphony, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2016

  • Turned and Sculpted wood, Wood symphony, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Sculptures at Killalea, NSW, Australia
  • Sculpture on the greens, Wyong, NSW, Australia
  • Toorak Village Sculpture Exhibition, Toorak, VIC, Australia

2015

  • Wood Sculpture symposium, Rylstone, NSW, Australia
  • Turned and Sculpted Wood, delMano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • The Out back open art prize, Broken Hill regional gallery, NSW, Australia
  • Turned Wood-Small Treasures( spring) ,delMano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA,USA

2014

  • Turned and Sculpted Wood, delMano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2013

  • Turned Wood-Small Treasures (fall’13),delMano gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Turned Wood-Small Treasures (spring’13),delMano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2012

  • Directors Choice, Bungendore Woodworks Gallery, NSW, Australia
  • Transformations, Riddoch Gallery, Mt Gambier, SA, Australia

2011

  • Turned and Sculpted Wood, delMano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Turned Wood-Small Treasures, delMano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2010

  • Studio Furniture twenty ten, Bungendore Woodworks Gallery, NSW, Australia

2007

  • 30th Alice Craft Acquisition, Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs, NT, Australia