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Image: Portrait of the Artist After Lichtenstein

 
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Biography





Ian is a self proclaimed 'Outsider Artist' without formal training, whose art can be described as more a philosophical pursuit than practice.


Similarly, Ian has only limited exhibition history as a result of not showing work until he was satisfied it was of a particularly high standard.  

That came with the development of a sculpture in 2011, called 'Hand of a Savage God', that was selected as a finalist in the McClelland Sculpture Survey 2012 (which was promoted at the time as being Australia's 'most prestigious' sculpture competition). 


Since then, Ian has explored a range of concepts in diverse media, including sculpture, augmented reality, virtual reality, 360 digital tours, and holograms.


Common throughout, is Ian's  reinterpretation of Christian iconography as a metaphor for such issues of life, sex, death and grief.

The above has culminated in the planning of an incredibly ambitious,  major artistic statement called 'TOMB'. An overview of the 'TOMB' concept and Ian's other works can be viewed on the pages of this site. 

 

The category “artist” has become a full-fledged professional class like “investment banker”, “lawyer”, or “computer programmer”.

How to Look at Outsider Art, Lyle Rexer


…“outsider art" is often applied more broadly, to include certain self-taught or naïve art makers who were never institutionalized. Typically, those labeled as outsider artists have little or no contact with the mainstream art world or art institutions.

Definition of ‘Outsider Art’, English Dictionary