Kent Laforme


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.

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