BIO


I grew up in New York City, and lived in California and Toronto before moving to Halifax with my wife and children in 1988. I received my art training in the late 1960s at Antioch College and the New York Studio School. I am particularly grateful to the Studio School for providing a vibrant, creative environment in the context of a firm grounding in artistic tradition. After working in various two and three dimensional media over the years, at the turn of the millennium I felt increasingly drawn to clay – and in 2008 began an intensive four-year study/exploration of ceramics at the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design.

In 2010 I started putting my ceramic sculptures up on the wall, which seemed to enable them to more readily elude the heaviness of gravity and embody a lightness of being. Since then they have evolved to combine linear extrusions and thin slabs which have been pushed and prodded into quasi-organic shapes. The parts are fired and glazed separately and then attached with epoxy, which allows maximum control over each step of the process and the creation of open forms that actively engage with the surrounding space.

Each piece is a journey. It starts with an overall idea and then evolves in unforeseen ways, as relationships develop between disparate and seemingly random elements and ultimately there is a feeling of necessity. In searching for the beauty that embraces awkwardness – the harmony within dissonance – I look for a spacious visceral energy that can stop one’s mind in a moment of pure awareness.

CV


Education

1964-69

Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio,
B.A., Major in Studio Art

1968-69

New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture, NY, NY
Studied sculpture with George Spaventa and David Hare

2008-12

Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Visual Arts Certificate in Ceramics

Solo Exhibitions

2012

Sudden Recognition of Random Certainty, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia

2012

Primordial Coincidence: Recent Wall Pieces, Swoon Fine Art, Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017

Nova Scotia Art Bank 2017 Acquisitions, Inverness County Centre for the Arts, Inverness, Nova Scotia

2015

Alumni Exhibition, Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia

2015

Nova Scotia Art Bank 2015 Acquisitions, ARTsPLACE Gallery, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia (see below).

2013

Modus Operandi, Ground Arts, New York, NY. Three-person show for winners of Ground Arts Summer 2012 Competition (see below).

Recognition

2012

Second prize, Ground Arts Summer 2012 Competition. An international competition sponsored by Ground Arts, a non-profit NYC-based arts organization, open to artists of all disciplines, juried by New York Arts Magazine executive editor Jason Stopa. The three winners of this competition were then showcased in an exhibition in the organization’s gallery in Chelsea, NYC in 2013 (see above).

2015

Nova Scotia Art Bank, purchase of Banisweevy. Funded by the Province of Nova Scotia, the Art Bank acquires art for public display. Selection is made by a jury of prominent Nova Scotia artists.

2016

Nova Scotia Art Bank, purchase of Brief Encounter.

2017

Nova Scotia Art Bank, purchase of What's Happening

Professional Service

2017

Arts Nova Scotia, member of peer review committee for grants to individual artists.