Meet the Maker – Ian Swales

Mister Ian Swales - Artist

Mister Ian Swales – Artist (The ‘Mr’ comes from the fact that Ian Swales MP has ALL the URLs that Ian wanted & he quite liked the tongue in cheek formality!)

The story is pretty simple, it’s Ian and what he loves doing! Sculpture, making, playing and experimenting with forms, ideas and materials that excite him. 100% natural, homegrown organic sculpture, reared in Yorkshire. 

 

Heronism

Heronism

Ian works with natural and reclaimed materials. Sticks, wood, rusted wire, anything that has the right aesthetic, materials that feel authentic and have a sense of heritage and honesty.

Hoot

Hoot

Figurative sculpture has always been Ian’s inspiration. Rodin, Henry Moore, twin that with the creativity, beauty, humour and natural honesty of David Nash, Andy Goldsworthy, then you will know what drives, and influences him.

Sparrowesque #2

Sparrowesque #2

Ian spent years crafting clay and bronze into perfect representations of the natural world. It turns out that by choosing right pose, scale or setting you can convince the mind a single stick has a life of its own. It’s that “light bulb” moment when people see the animal in the inanimate object that makes Ian smile. All Ian has to do is give them a nudge in the right direction by adding legs or a bird box and the rest is down to their own creative mind.

Hawkish

Hawkish

Some people then act on that connection by taking the piece home, some are inspired to do the same to the driftwood they have had in the loft from that special family holiday three years ago. That’s what he loves the most.

Pheasantly Familiar

Pheasantly Familiar

Ian’s best seller is birds, birds, birds… someone tweeted (no pun intended) him saying that birds were really big this year. It made him smile, “birds being big this year” is like blinking or air being big this year, it’s a strange concept. Turn’s out its strange but true, as they have indeed been big this year, and last, and next we expect.

Signed bird

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