Lee Gass Sculptor

Lee Gass

www.leegass.com | lee@leegass.com

Artist’s Statement

I carve stone sculptures, and make bronze replicas of the originals. I am working on a piece now in red cedar. Very little of my work is representational in a strict sense. Rather, I use simple relationships among simple organic forms to suggest movement or feeling, or to evoke those perceptions in others. Most of my sculptures are “about” human or animal form. Some of them are pure abstractions. All of them, to the extent that I am able, are sensuous and as well crafted as I can make them.

I participated in many SSBC exhibitions in the 1980s, including a large-scale travelling exhibition in BC and Washington State. In the 1980s and ‘90s, I was represented by the Linda Lando gallery in Vancouver, and exhibited sculptures in several other Vancouver galleries. I have exhibited in two large events at the Big Rock Gardens in Bellingham Washington. In recent years, my work has been shown at the Petley Jones Gallery in Vancouver, the Hildebrand Sculpture Gallery in Kelowna, and my own private gallery in Vancouver.

I’ve given talks about sculpture at many universities including UBC, SFU, Capilano University, Princeton University, the University of Oregon, The University of Florida, Duke University, The National University of Singapore, and several others. Topics ranged widely, were often on the interface between art and science, such as ‘Perception of 3D Form’ and ‘The Evolution of a Sense of Form’, and they were illustrated by my own work as well as pieces selected from art history. In addition, I have conducted workshops and given talks at stone carving symposia of the Northwest Stone Sculptors’ Association in Seattle.

While I have no formal training in art, beyond one horrible art history course as an undergraduate, I worked as a research scientist for forty years but kept sculpting the whole time (now I carve full time). All of my knowledge came in four ways:

  • By trying things mindfully and tuning what I do on the basis of how well it works.
  • By asking questions of people I know are better than I am at what I need to do.
  • By reading, both in the history of sculpting and on the internet.
  • By showing other people how I do things. This may help them in the short term. It helps me in the long run because it makes me more mindful of what I can and cannot do and helps me to commit to getting better.