Ian first became fascinated with limestone sculpting on moving to Oamaru, North Otago
in the late '70's. His first attempt at sculpting was full life size character figures.
Ian then progressed on to restoring Historic Heritage buildings, working alongside
stonemasons and architects throughout New Zealand (i.e First Church of Dunedin, Olverston
House, Lanarch Castle, Otago Boys High School and the Christchurch Bridge of Remembrance).
During this time he developed his own style of contemporary abstract art, and his
reputation as a revivalist of traditional limestone sculpting grew internationally.
Choosing to move and open a gallery in Kaikoura (a South Island seaside settlement)
his designs took on the flavour of the sea.Over the twelve years in Kaikoura his
oceanic sculptures became highly sought after. Ian found the demand also grew for
small "souvenir" sculptures so an appealing range for both tourists and the domestic
market was designed. Many of Ian's commission sculptures stand in the foyers of a
number of high profile stately home throughout New Zealand and overseas. Ian has
recently moved back to Oamaru and opened a Gallery in the Historic Precinct where
he can be viewed working his magic!!
Oamaru Limestone is thirty five to forty million years old and is formed of sand
sized broyozan fragments with vast numbers of micro and larger fossils, ie- Penguins,
Whalebones and Sharks Teeth. It is the purest Limestone in the world, and is well
know for its therapeutic qualities.