Birth by Fire: Ironwork of Ian Hope Simpson
When re-creating life forms in a sculptural piece, the process becomes a very physical experience for Ian Hope-Simpson, trying to accurately capture its unique sense of movement; that feeling of what it is that makes something alive. Design and process are at the heart and soul of each of Hope-Simpson’s works, the play of light on surfaces, the pattern of lines, and the relationship of proportion of the solid material and spaces between them are all considerations. Ian Hope-Simpson’s Birth by Fire is on view at the Mary E. Black Gallery from November 11 – January 22 with an opening reception on November 10 at 6:00 p.m.
Ian Hope-Simpson has been operating Ironwood Forge & Woodworks near Wolfville, Nova Scotia since 1993. He also has experience as a mason, carpenter, pewter smith, photographer and farrier, with an interest in art history, culture, architecture and the natural world. Ian was awarded a grant by Arts Nova Scotia to prepare an exhibition of his work. He is a member of the Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council, the Maritime Blacksmith Association and the Cape Breton Blacksmith Association. He was also a demonstrator at the 2015 Canadian National Blacksmithing event, CanIron X in Baddeck, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.