a brief career as a mechanical engineer, John Sewell had a mind
opening experience while living in a remote primitive culture where
artistic expression was a part of everyday life. John thus began
to design and produce sculpture in wood, entering his works into
the art market as a full time sculptor in 1970. In 1972, John moved
to the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, where he studied the local hardwoods
and began to develop his new sculptural art form -- free form hardwood
vessels. Since then, John has also studied landscape gardening,
employing a palette of colorful flowers and intriguing plant forms
as his medium. His sculpture thus became distinctly feminine in
nature, reflecting the influence of the botanical forms with which
he has worked.
1994, John completed and sold his first sculptures of the human
female form. The graceful theme of representing the female form
has been a mainstay of his work ever since then. John states that
his sculptures "often exhibit a posture and attitude that portrays
emotion, adding to the feminine expressiveness." Emphasizing
form and the suggestion of life and movement are also some of John's
primary design objectives.
Recognition for John's work and efforts have come through awards,
publications, and several public sculpture installations, including
the Loveland Tourist Information Center and Loveland's Benson Sculpture
Garden (Loveland, CO), Memphis Botanic Gardens (Memphis, TN), St.
Louis University (St. Louis, MO), and the Fountain Hills City Community
Center (Fountain Hills, AZ).
John Sewell with his wood sculpture "Walnut Girl".