With patience and humor I find myself confronting the ongoing challenge that each individual stone presents. I have spent many years researching the Egyptian and Mayan cultures. Tapping into their rich source of information has fueled my imagination inspiring me to carve. The execution in hard stone by all ancient master carvers transcends to this day the beauty and form this medium offers. Understanding that stone was either molten quartz or compressed sea floor brings this ancient earth new meaning as the layers are peeled away unveiling its hidden treasure. Carving is a developing dialog that pushes form to new places. When the stone speaks, magnificent new vistas are revealed opening doors to excitement and discovery.
Dave Haslett was born in the Pacific Northwest where the nature in his surroundings is found in both his bronze sculpture and stone carvings. Drawing skills were noticeable at an early age on the walls of his home and to his teachers and classmates in primary school. The young artist studied architecture and three dimensional drafting in high school. It only got more intense when he was introduced to three dimensional forms in college and the bronze foundry.
While attending Portland State University he studied with James Lee Hanson, Don Wilson and Keith Jellum. They introduced the techniques of bronze casting and the vast historical past of sculpture through the ages. Dave was influenced by Hieronymus Bosch, Henry Moore, Constantine Brancusi and Salvador Dali. Don Wilson presented the world of stone carving. Dave’s been using rare and exotic stone producing mantle to monumental sculpture ever since.
Dave now carves small hand held fetish stones, pedestal sized pieces and monumental sculpture. Some of the stones measure eight feet high and weigh 3,500 pounds. The Solstice Stone Series includes the Ancients philosophy of alignment using two stones of different heights with vertical slices. The taller stone eclipses the shorter at a chosen time of day. The two slices allow the sun to pass through one another for a brief moment. Dave has traveled to Carnac, France to explore and research many of the standing stones left by his predecessors.
Dave is an active member and past board member of the Northwest Stone Sculptors Association. He works with the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts and the education of beginning sculptors. Dave’s work is found at the Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, Idaho, Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery, Portland, Oregon, Olga Artworks, Orcas Island, Washington, Robert Daniel Gallery, Tacoma, Washington, Bison Gallery, San Juan Island, Washington, Kirsten Gallery, Seattle, Washington and at Neptune Studios, West Linn, Oregon. Dave exhibits his sculpture in many invitational shows throughout the northwest. His studio is found on Orcas Island where the ever changing landscape, bird and animal life are continuing inspirations.