Tom Ashbourne
Artist Statement

As an art lover and collector, my interests are eclectic, an exploration of colours, shapes and textures.  My sculptures exist as an extension of my artistic experience. As a sculptor I reveal the stone’s essence and vision of its true self. Assemblage sculptures are conceptual designs of thought-provoking materials. My pieces are contemporary and abstract, inviting you to experience them within your own context, and personally interpret their meaning.

Sculpture provides a unique challenge to create images and shapes from materials that initially convey no discernable image or form. Essentially a sculptor creates something from nothing. Unlike most media, stone sculptures are created by removing matter. 

The multi-dimensionality of stone presents the opportunity to convey sensuality, tension, beauty and emotions. Assemblage sculptures are compositions, presenting me with the opportunity to design and build a sculpture from concepts and thought-provoking materials.

My technical knowledge comes from training under two renowned Canadian artists: sculptor, David Boorne and painter, Barbara Whelan. They taught me to explore my ideas and style, embrace experimentation, and be myself with stone and other materials. I have also learned from my cherished collection of diverse sculptural pieces, collected over the years.

A member of the Prince Edward County Arts Council (PECAC), I’ve successfully had my work accepted into every juried show I’ve entered. In 2017 and 2018  I was honored with a Juror’s Choice award at Art in the County for my sculptures “Georgia” (peach alabaster) and “Celestial”(cloud alabaster).  

In 2018 I was accepted as a member artist at Arts on Main Gallery, a cooperative gallery in Picton. I’ve presented my work in other area galleries including Gallery 121 and John M. Parrott Gallery in Belleville. My work has been juried into Artist Project 2020, a prestigious international show.

In 2018 my wife and I opened Tom Ashbourne Studio & Gallery in Wellington, Ontario. We have developed a strong social media presence and established our gallery as part of Prince Edward County’s vibrant artistic community. In 2019 I was featured in the Wellington Times and twice as a guest on Arts Scene, 99.3 FM. In 2019 and 2020 I am a juried-in member of the annual Prince Edward County Studio Tour, and in 2020 a member of  Prince Edward County Arts Trail.

Sculpting is a solitary but rewarding art form. Each day brings innovative ideas, experiences, and successes. I hope you enjoy exploring my work and invite you to visit me at my studio and gallery in beautiful Prince Edward County.

Tom Ashbourne

Studio and Gallery
17009 Loyalist Parkway Wellington ON K0K 3L0 Canada
647.391.4515 | 416.452.4635