Hugh Lassen was born in 1976 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He learned to carve after seeing a small Native American spear weight carving (also called a “Bird Stone”) in a museum. This surprising event lead him to study sculpture at the Art Students League of New York and drawing at the Spring Studio, NY. Often an idea will emerge from a drawing and will provide the beginning for a sculpture. By carving directly in the stone or wood the idea will be refined until, hopefully, it works in the round. He lives with his wife and two children in Cherryfield, Maine.
I find that my own sculptural aims revolve around mass, bulk, weight, in a phrase - ponderable form. For many years I've studied the figure using a range of exercises to develop my sense of touch. From these efforts and from my experiences carving, I realize that my work is founded on the human form, and occasionally, on animal forms.
His work appeals to my appreciation of beautiful, clean,
~Bruce Brown, curator emeritus Center for Maine Contemporary Art
Emerging Form granite on granite base 33 x 27 x 28
Arching Form granite on granite base 47 x 47 x 24 private collection
"Sea Form" installed at The Buchanan Alumni House at the University of Maine, November 2014
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