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Sea Lion concrete casting by Canadian artist Tom Duquette. Glazed with resin finish, tinted and waxed.
22" x 10" x 12 1/2"
Tom Duquette was born in northern Ontario in 1940. He studied classical drawing, painting and sculpture at the Central Technical Institute in Toronto, Ontario and then proceeded to improve his knowledge and understanding by traveling to various indigenous art centers in the far north, southwest and pacific coastal areas of North America.
During these travels, the artist absorbed a variety of techniques and influences, which he gradually synthesized into his own personal art form, combining the most ancient and the most modern principles of North American art.
Tom continues to express himself artistically, as he has for over 40 years, using wood, stone, bronze, precious metals and stones as well as paint and canvas. He has had the distinction of being featured in National Geographic magazine for his jade carvings, high praise for any artist.
In October of 2001 Tom was bestowed the name “Ghaiaanook” by Chief Frank Baker. The name means “great carver”. For a non-native artist, there can be no higher honor."
- bio from Steffich Fine Art on Saltspring Island.
Each piece is cast in concrete from a silicone and fiberglass mold using recycled sandblasting sand from a local business. As such, each casting is a little bit different depending on the type of aggregate.