Tom Ashbourne, Sculptor
As a sculptor, art lover, and collector I’ve been part of the artistic world all my adult life. My interests are eclectic, an exploration of color, shapes and textures. The images I’m drawn to present changing aspects and new points of interest each time.
Sculpture provides a unique challenge to create images and shapes from materials that initially convey no discernable image or form. Essentially a sculptor creates something from nothing. Unlike most media, stone sculptures are created by removing matter. As I work with the stone, it slowly reveals the image within, an expression of its essence and how the stone aspires to show its true self.
The multi-dimensionality of stone presents the opportunity to convey sensuality, tension, beauty and emotions. Assemblage sculptures are compositions, presenting me with the opportunity to design and build a sculpture from concepts and thought-provoking materials.
Sculptures are a complex, unique, and interpretive art form. Their sculpted shapes exist as an extension of the artist’s vision. My sculptures are abstract, inviting each viewer to experience the piece within their personal context, interpreting its meaning according to their own desires.
My technical knowledge comes from training under two renowned Canadian artists: sculptor David Boorne and painter Barbara Whelan. They taught me to explore my ideas and style, embrace experimentation, and be myself with stone and other materials. I have also learned from my cherished collection of diverse sculptural pieces, collected over the years.
In 2018, I was delighted to be honoured with a Juror’s Choice award for my sculpture “Celestial” at Art in the County, a premier juried art exhibition. I received the same award in 2017 for my sculpture “Georgia.”
Sculpting is a solitary but rewarding art form. Each day brings innovative ideas, experiences, and successes. I hope you enjoy exploring my work and invite you to visit me at my studio and gallery in beautiful Prince Edward County.