Carpe Diem, 2013
Every good Viking gets up each morning with the intent to seize the day. And this good Viking has done just that, bursting through a church window, smashing the glass as he goes, broad axe in hand.
Designed to mount on a wall, this piece features details such as realistic facial hair, teeth and even textured tongue. The axe handle is wood while the head is sculpted by me with an edge sharp enough that you wouldn't want to run afoul of it in the dark!
$4,500. Please call or email inquires.
"You're not Absolem, I'm Absolem." - Absolem, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Absolem, the hooka-smoking caterpillar, appears in this classic tale from Lewis Caroll, telling Alice how to grow and shrink by eating the mushroom upon which he is sitting. There have been many versions of this tale over the years but what has always struck me about this character is his distinctively human face on an insectile body.
Over the course of the last year I have begun experimenting more with the human face. But it wasn't until after watching Tim Burton's latest version and then standing in front of my "found pieces" collection that inspiration struck. An old reverse osmosis tank hatch lid has been in my collection for almost 3 years and suddenly it hit me - this would make the perfect mushroom cap! Absolem was born.
At almost three feet long and two feet tall, this piece can go outdoors in the garden or in the house.
$900. Please call or email inquiries.
The Greeting, 2012
Who's greeting who is up to you but at this point the battle has yet to be won. Whether you see St. George and the Dragon, a scene from Dragonslayer or just something out of your wildest fantasies, this is where fair maidens needed rescuing, knights carried real swords and sometimes, dragons ruled the day.
This piece marked a turning point in my approach to metal as this was the first sculpture that involved some heavy cold hammering techniques. Using a hardwood end cut to mould and shape the texture of ribs and leathery skin, over two hundred separately fashioned parts make up this magnificent sculpture. Weld beading gives the unique veining to the wings. Mounted on a slab of black slate, the entire sculpture weighs about 50 pounds.
The dragon's wingspan stretches just over four and a half feet. She stands a little over two feet tall and measures almost four feet from nose to tail. Our knight in shining armour stands a little over twelve inches tall. The complete sculpture is five feet wide by two foot six inches tall.
The Greeting has joined a private collection in Toronto; please email inquiries for custom orders.