Gary Haven Smith carves elegant abstract sculptures out of granite boulders found near his home in New Hampshire. His work features textures, patterns, and designs inspired by ancient civilizations, symbols, and the geological past. Through his creative process, he explores the complex relationships between the natural environment, cultural history, and recent technology.
As the artist describes the process:
I have been harvesting glacial boulders in New Hampshire. These boulders have a legacy for me. They are time capsules that have been rolled, tumbled, and abraded by glaciers as they have traveled on their journey. I use diamond embedded saws, a large granite wire saw, sandblasters, grinders, and carbide-tipped tools to cut, carve, and work the granite.
Gary's sculpture is based in an austere New England formalism, with an aesthetic that is both elemental and essential. He has been an important figure in New England sculpture for many years and his work can be found in many public and private collections and graces the grounds of both public spaces and private residences throughout the region.