Dimensions artist profiles: Patrick Imai

Best pieceName:  Patrick Imai

Medium:  stone (soapstone, alabaster, serpentine, marble)

Background:  self-taught; took 2 years of art in high school and did a 2 week marble carving workshop in Carrara, Italy

How long have you been a sculptor?  I have been a stone sculptor for 14 years. Before I carved stone, I carved wood for almost 30 years.

Why did you start sculpting?  I have always carved. I had my first pocket knife when I was 11 years old and started whittling small figures and animals out of wood. I remember sitting in class and carving totem poles out of pencils.

Swimming - in progressWhat inspires you?  I am inspired by nature and people.

What is your favourite sculpture?  My favourite sculpture is Bernini’s Pluto and Persephone. Bernini’s ability to bring movement and life to marble is incredible.

Which sculptures will you be exhibiting at Dimensions 2013?  Two brown bears made of Brazilian soapstone – “Sleepy” and “Leaving”

What will you be working on in the coming year?  I will be carving more bears.

My workspace

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About ShebaMakeda

I make one of a kind, flameworked glass beads, jewellery and sculptures. My handmade designs are heavily influenced by the art and artifacts of ancient cultures, as well as contemporary abstract art. Each of my creations is created by me in the flame of my torch before being sent off to their new owners. If you'd like to know when i post beads for sale then send me an email to join my mailing list at: evelyn@shebamakeda.com. Be sure to add my email to your address book so my messages don't end up in your spam folder.
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