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
Hugh Lassen's Shelter Form (left) has been purchased by the Northeast Harbor Library. Click here to read more.
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