I share one thing in common with Gerrit Van Ness – we both grew up 30 miles outside of NYC. Well, maybe two things – we both love the details Mother Nature offers up on a daily basis. OK, now that I think about it, we might have three things in common if you count a love of finely crafted art.
Van Ness, who now calls Washington home, has a way with wood. His portfolio shows subject matter as varied as pop culture and politics; realism and books; even spoons and tin men.
For me, the real magic is in his book series. The talented sculptor, who is most noted for what he calls “socially engaged art,” is also passionate about realism in sculpture, and it shows. There are no found objects in this work, only lovingly carved and textured wood with amazing details.
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