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. Having worked 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.

Since 2010 my work has focused on ceramic wall sculpture. Since the pieces hang on the wall (rather than stand on the ground), they seem to more readily elude the heaviness of gravity and convey a lightness of being. The pieces have evolved to combine extruded forms and thin slabs; 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 relate with the surrounding space.

Each piece is a journey. It starts with an overall idea and then evolves in unforeseen ways. I try to stay open to whatever arises, to unexpected possibilities and relationships between disparate elements that challenge my perception. 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 and give rise to direct non-conceptual experience.

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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

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.