Clifton Sears – Carvings, Sculptures, and Paintings
Carvings, Sculptures, and paintings of Nova Scotia by the sea, the fishing industry, people, and North American Wildlife. Wood, Marble and Ceramics.
Born in Nova Scotia, Canada, Clifton began selling his carvings of lobster fishermen in the early nineteen seventies. Incorporating humour into historical scenes and current issues he became well known along the south shore. Wildlife themes were also part of his work from the beginning. Abstract figurative works and portraiture were added to his repertoire as the years went by. More recently he has included works in marble and stone and now offers cast reproductions in resin, concrete, and paper.
He is self taught, although he reads, no studies, books and magazines in the fields of art composition, carving and sculpture. Also, travels to the United States, Norway, Germany, Amsterdam, and Copenhagen, have exposed him to the works of other sculptors and artists.
Credits include one man shows in the several Nova Scotia Galleries and museums, with a commissioned portrait carving on permanent display at the Shelburne Dory Shop Museum. He was awarded a one year self-employment grant, to help him pursue his art, and has won prizes from local art and carving competitions.
He has been the subject of several articles in both the Yarmouth Vanguard and the Shelburne Coast Guard. Several Fishermen's organizations have commissioned portraits to pay tribute to prominent members, accompanied by public presentation and media coverage.
Located in Barrington Passage, Shelburne County, Nova Scotia
Sell Arts; http://clifcarver.sell-arts.com/
Whether it is a lighthearted caricature, or a serious contemplation, I really want to engage the viewer ... make them think. I hope they will be encouraged to mentally complete the story, fill in the gaps, or at the very least, identify with the concept.
I like a lot of variety in subject matter, medium, and composition. I enjoy custom orders and commissioned portraits, as they often challenge me to try something new, or present an image in a manner I may not have tried on my own.
Some things I would like to do in the future?
A large stone carving for public display. Perhaps in a park, or something.
Detailed portrait studies of well known people in the Atlantic provinces. I did one of Sydney Mahaney, Shelburne dory builder, with realistic face and folk art body, and I would like to do more realistic studies, for other museums. Perhaps, Angus MacDonald, captain of the Bluenose, or maybe Hank Snow. I have no idea how to go about this, or if there is interest. Marketing is always the hardest part.