Ian Knowles is a sculptor who carves from solid concrete blocks which are then plastered. Some of his sculptures are unique, patinated with paint and gold leaf, whilst others are cast as limited edition bronzes by the McKinney Fine Art foundry.
The creation of his zen-like forms is slow and intuitive, with shapes evoking water-smoothed rocks and organic, semi-figurative structures. Many of his sculptures are free-standing, designed without prescriptive viewing angles to allow the orientation and energy of the sculpture to change. Patination is as much an integral part of the creative process for Knowles, as producing the original forms. He therefore retains full control over this process by ensuring that each artwork is patinated by his own hand. This allows him to make critical variations in the finish of his editioned bronzes, so that they are all, in a sense, unique.
In addition to his practice as a sculptor, Knowles works as an acoustic consultant specialising in performing arts, broadcast and recording facilities. He has worked on many prestigious projects, including several for the BBC, Sir George Martin's AIR studios, studio HQs for Sky and leading national and international concert halls. He is a chartered physicist and a member of the Institute of Physics, an associate of the University of Surrey, and a fellow of the Institute of Acoustics.
Ian Knowles' work will debut at Sculpt Gallery in the Summer Exhibition 2020.