Ian commenced an interior design career in 1975 and has completed interiors for residences, offices, hospitals, nursing homes, hotels, motels, clubs and restaurants. He has also designed and manufactured numerous unique items of furniture. These include chairs and tables; lounge, bedroom and office furniture and designs for lighting, floor coverings, fabrics and wall-coverings.
In April 2002 Ian began developing ideas, skills and techniques as an artist. His careful selection and use of colour are clear expressions of the joyful approach to his art, creating works that are both enjoyable and adventurous. The intricacy of each work provides new discoveries with each viewing, whether by cursory glance or intimate study.
Through his original techniques and materials, Ian produces remarkable works of great strength and depth whilst possessing a delicacy that flows from an intimate knowledge and love of his selected medium.
His first exhibition was held in Melbourne in July, 2004 and was followed by an exhibition of new works in early December, 2004. During the months of March and April 2005 he had an exhibition of specially selected works at the convent gallery in Daylesford, Victoria.
In April 2005 Ian was informed of his selection for the Sausalito art festival, one of the most prestigious fine art festivals in the world. Now in it’s 53rd year, the Sausalito art festival attracts an attendance of over twenty five thousand art buyers from around the world. Ian is the first Australian artist to be invited to exhibit work at this world-famous art event in san Francisco. As a result of the festival Ian now has works in private collections in Chicago Illinois, Seattle Washington, Wichita, Kansas and Portland Oregon as well as Sausalito, point Richmond and san Francisco, California.
Together with six international award-winning artists from the 2005 Sausalito art festival, Ian exhibited aboard the ‘crystal harmony’, a six star cruise liner, in November, 2005. This one week exhibition and cruise set sail from los angels visiting cabo san Lucas, Mazatlan and puerto Vallarta in Mexico providing the opportunity to show work to people from around the world.
As a result of this exposure Ian has been encouraged to prepare and present work to one of the world’s largest firms of art distributors. The success of this venture will see Ian’s original art and giclee prints marketed internationally.
Ian’s careful use of colour together with his attention to detail, create works of deliberate intricacy. Colours intertwine for a gentle or tumultuous ride into places where it seems, nothing stands still.
His unique affinity with colour, texture and design was birthed during his career as a successful interior designer. For more than three decades, Ian completed many commercial and residential projects and also designed furniture, lighting, fabrics and floor coverings.
With his art, the colours, whether rich and vibrant or soft and subtle, produce an explorable texture of great depth and energy. These inspirational works can be bold and adventurous, mellow and comforting or interweave a combination of the gentle with the dramatic.
As your eyes dance over each work you can make new discoveries with each viewing, whether by cursory glance or meditative study.
Ian creates his highly original drawings using pen and ink, coloured pencils and/or pastels. His acrylic paintings are the product of techniques he developed and tested over time resulting in a unique style that defines his exuberant originality.
Being committed to futhering his expertise and intent on completing works of excellence is evidence that more of his wonderful art will become available to be enjoyed by all who appreciate creative artistic expression.
To continually perfect skills and develop techniques to create works that are not only joyous and adventurous but bring hope, healing and a touch of humour.
come singing, come dancing
bring shouts of praise
come laughing, come softly
with songs of joy or tears of pain
the spirit of this great south land
of bursting sun, of precious rain
brings healing, brings comfort.
Inhale the beauty, drink it’s splendour
I’m taken, captured, loved –
this land, this glory, my home
(ian wood – 15/8/05)