Stone sculptor Jason Nelson draws his inspiration from many sources – from antiquity to directly from the stone itself. Enjoy his work and visit his website for more from this talented artist.
“You can’t wait for inspiration; you have to go after it with a club.” – Jack London
Some artists say that deadlines and the need to pay bills are great sources of inspiration; but, there are easier ways to make a living than carving rocks. To me, being a stone sculptor is much more than a job; it is a way to gain a small measure of immortality. I put my blood, sweat and tears into my artwork because I know that my sculptures will endure. They will still be around, long after the rest of me is gone.
I am inspired by the beauty of the human figure, nature in all its myriad forms and sacred geometry.
Like almost all artists, I have been inspired and influenced by the work of others. In particular, I have been inspired by classical, baroque and neo-classical figurative sculptors. Some of my favorites are Bernini, Pradier and Cannova. I have not seen their work in person. A goal of mine is to travel more, especially to Europe, to witness first-hand the splendor of their masterpieces. Only then, I think, will I be able to fully appreciate the beauty of their sculptures.
I also draw inspiration directly from the stone itself. I think that ‘truth to materials’ is more important in stone sculpting than with any other medium. Before I begin carving, I like to closely study a stone specimen in an effort to discover what might be trapped inside it.
The main thing that I will be working on this winter will be my ‘Yoga for Lovers’ project. It will be a large figurative sculpture of a man and woman. I’m carving it out of a piece of Cararra Marble that originally weighed 2700 lbs (although, I will also make several secondary sculptures from large pieces that have been/are being trimmed off). This will be my largest project to date. It is being partially funded by a Northern Arts Grant from the Ontario Arts Council .
Eventually, I’d like to go beyond the creation of gallery type sculptures and break into the public art market, creating large scale installation pieces for public spaces.