Featured artist Norman Pirollo uses a traditional craft medium as an art form. Enjoy his portfolio, and see more of his work by visiting his website.
I enjoy working with wood as my primary medium, drawing inspiration from its inherent beauty. In the latter part of my former IT career I began to explore art and working with wood as a medium. Deriving considerable enjoyment from creating tangible wood objects, I then pursued alternative studies to master this form of art. I currently create wood art in all forms ranging from sculpture to wall art and unique studio furniture.
Today, I have embraced this creativity and completely devote my time to creating art. As a motivated artist, I continually challenge myself with new processes resulting in clean, contemporary works celebrating the natural organic forms which surround us. My sculptural and wall art is a creative combination of subtle yet dramatic features where unique forms incorporate unusual graphics found in vibrant woods. This wood art is composed of figured woods with unique characteristics to which I infuse color to depict an image I envision.
The inspiration to begin a work of art usually originates in a vision or image. Utilizing atypical woods and incorporating vivid colours, I create an abstract depiction of this vision or image. I enjoy challenging myself with new processes to draw out the inherent beauty of highly figured woods and to create new, unique forms of art within my wood art genre.
I create art to satisfy the need in me to be creative, to develop a voice, and to enjoy a tranquil lifestyle. Completely immersing myself in my work in a quiet and serene environment, I truly enjoy working with wood and continue to be excited with the many possibilities that lie ahead. I feel that I still have much to learn about wood and what can be accomplished with it as a medium.
A large portion of my work is performed using hand tools and my furniture designs incorporate both rectilinear and curvilinear components, drawing inspiration from organic shapes and natural elements.
I am currently creating a series of sculptures in a new organic style. The latest sculpture will be the largest I have created. I have also begun to explore photography as a medium to draw out the detailed grain and graphics of wood at the macro level. I plan to spend more time in this direction over the next year.
My goal is to have my work in galleries and homes throughout North America. I derive great satisfaction knowing that my art is a focal point in a client’s home.
As a participant in numerous juried art shows, I have received various arts awards within recent years. My work has also been featured in the following books: “Studio Furniture: Today’s Leading Woodworkers”, “Wood Art Today 2” and “500 Cabinets” as well as various international magazines. I have also been selected as a finalist for the prestigious NICHE Award 2013.
Today I enjoy creating speculative art, sculptural art, unique furniture as well as commission work in my Ottawa, Ontario area studio.
You are invited to visit Norman Pirollo’s Facebook Page.