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Kent Laforme  Bio  ·    Video  ·     ·  Exhibitions:   "Altissimo" click to view video


In 1991, Kent Laforme commenced his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD). At NSCAD, under the instruction of John Greer, he began working with stone. In 1993, his sculptural trajectory took him to Pietrasanta, Italy where he spent three years working at a marble-carving studio. Since 2001, he has been working out of his studio in Victoria, British Columbia.

Kent's current work is anchored in both philosophical and formal concerns. The traditional parameters of stone carving are governed by the laws of reductive sculpture that have endured for centuries. His work merges a direct carving style and a contemporary object making aesthetic, grounded by an artisan's approach to labor.

The majority of Kent's work realizes and preserves the connection between the subject matter to the geological source of the material. This has been evident in the Landscape series began in 1993 to Kent's current body of work created for the 2009 exhibition titled Altissimo.

Being half Japanese and working with stone made it very natural that Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi would be a strong influence on his work. Kent identifies with the philosophies behind stones used in Zen gardens to Noguchi's view that stones are a congealment of time. For Kent, contemporary and historical stone carvings are both meaningful dialects in the language of sculpture and history of art.

Kent has exhibited his work in Canada, Italy, and Hong Kong. The Elliot Louis Gallery in Vancouver, British Columbia now represents his work.




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Kent Laforme - Socks #2  - click for larger image

Socks #2
10 x 9 x 5 Inches 
cervaiole statuario
$2,300
Kent Laforme - Within - click for larger image

Within
10 x 9.75 x 8.75 Inches 
black Belgian stone
$5,800
Kent Laforme - Handkerchief #2 - click for larger image

Handkerchief #2
13 x 9 x 7 Inches 
cervaiole statuario
Sold
Kent Laforme - Socks #1 - click for larger image

Socks #1
12 x 8 x 5 Inches 
cervaiole statuario
$2,300
Kent Laforme - Apple and Cloth  - click for larger image

Apple and Cloth
13 x 13 x 8 Inches 
cervaiole statuario
Sold
Kent Laforme - T-shirt #3 - click for larger image

T-shirt #3
17 x 14 x 3.5 Inches 
Statuario venato
$6,200
Kent Laforme - T-shirt #2  - click for larger image

T-shirt #2
30 x 12 x 4.5 Inches 
cervaiole statuario
$6,100
Kent Laforme - Handkerchief #4 - click for larger image

Handkerchief #4
13 x 10 x 6.5 Inches 
cervaiole statuario
Sold
Kent Laforme - T-shirt #1 - click for larger image

T-shirt #1
15 x 10 x 11 Inches 
cervaiole statuario
$5,300
Kent Laforme - Hammer & Cloth  - click for larger image

Hammer & Cloth
16 x 11 x 9 Inches 
cervaiole statuario
$3,600
Kent Laforme - Pillowcase #1 - click for larger image

Pillowcase #1
32 x 14 x 5 Inches 
cervaiole statuario
$5,400
Kent Laforme - Handkerchief #1 - click for larger image

Handkerchief #1
12 x 9 x 5.5 Inches 
cervaiole statuario
Sold
Kent Laforme - Handkerchief #3 - click for larger image

Handkerchief #3
15 x 12 x 8 Inches 
cervaiole statuario
$3,600
Kent Laforme - Clock under Cloth  - click for larger image

Clock under Cloth
14.5 x 8 x 7 Inches 
cervaiole statuario
$3,900
Kent Laforme - Pillowcase #4 - click for larger image

Pillowcase #4
13 x 25.5 x 16.5 Inches 
cervaiole statuario
$10,500
Kent Laforme - Pillowcase #3 - click for larger image

Pillowcase #3
11 x 21 x 18.5 Inches 
cervaiole statuario
$12,000
Kent Laforme - Pillowcase #2 - click for larger image

Pillowcase #2
11.5 x 18.5 x 18.5 Inches 
cervaiole statuario
$9,200
Kent Laforme - Book One – Yukio Mishima - click for larger image

Book One – Yukio Mishima
6 x 4 x 2 Inches 
Carrara Marble
2011
Kent Laforme - Book One – Yukio Mishima (detail) - click for larger image

Book One – Yukio Mishima (detail)
6 x 4 x 2 Inches 
Carrara Marble
2011
Kent Laforme - Book Two – Osamu Dazai - click for larger image

Book Two – Osamu Dazai
6 x 4 x 2 Inches 
Carrara Marble
2011
Kent Laforme - Rising Sun - click for larger image

Rising Sun
36 x 72 x 12 Inches 
Yellow Sienna marble, fir timber base
Kent Laforme - Allegory (a little piece of the planet) - click for larger image

Allegory (a little piece of the planet)
9 x 10 x 7.5 Inches 
statuario Italian marble
$5,800
Kent Laforme - Oran's Ear - click for larger image

Oran's Ear
18 x 84 x 50 Inches 
Cape Breton marble
$22,000
Kent Laforme - Socks No. 3 - click for larger image

Socks No. 3
2.75 x 10.5 x 7.5 Inches 
cervaiole statuario
$1,600
Please email the gallery to view more works by Kent Laforme.


Education
1990-1994   Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, NS BA:  Fine Arts, (Degree conferred in 1994)
1993-1994   Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, NS Off-Campus Independent Study Program in
                  Pietrasanta, Italy at Studio Leonardi
1987-1990   John Abbott College, Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Québec D.E.C:  Fine Arts



Solo & Two Person Exhibitions
2009     Altissimo -- Solo Exhibition, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1999     1999 Frames of Hong Kong -- Two Person Exhibition, Fringe Gallery, Hong Kong
1998     After Truce -- Two Person Exhibition, Fringe Gallery, Hong Kong
1998     One Concept, Two Artists -- Two Person Exhibition, Artist Commune Gallery, Hong Kong
1994     Echoes and Horizons -- Solo Exhibition, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, NS



Group Exhibitions
2006    Artists of the World Gallery, Calgary, AB
2005    Atlantic Stone Carving Symposium, Cape Breton, NS
1998    Between the Like and Unlike, Artist Commune Gallery, Hong Kong
1997    The Yellow Pages Great Wall, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
1997    The Art of Politics: One Country; Two Systems, Le Mistral Gallery, Hong Kong
1995    Foreign Artists in Italy -- Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, La Badia Monastery, Camaiore, Italy
1994    Mare e Marmo -- Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Forte Dei Marmi, Italy
1994    NSCAD Graduation Exhibition, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, NS
1994    Mosaic, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, NS
1992    Peep Show, OO Gallery, Halifax, NS
1990    John Abbott College Graduation Exhibition, Montreal, Quebec



Commissions
2006- Stone’s Throw Project, Sidney BC
2006 – Oswego Project, Victoria BC
2005 – Atlantic Stone Carving Symposium, Cape Breton, NS
2004 – Cinque Terra Marble Fountain, English Bay, Vancouver, BC
2004 – Custom House Global Foreign Exchange, Trophy for the Canada Rugby Sevens MVP, Victoria, BC
1996    Korean Business Aircraft Services – KBAS, Seoul, South Korea


Scholarships and Grants
1998   Hong Kong Arts and Development Council, Title: “1999 Frames of Hong Kong”
1993   Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, William Peters Scholarship, Memorial Fund
1992   Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, 1992 Centennial Scholarship, Historic Properties Fund


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