08/2010 OKANAGAN ART WORKS
Public art is not the only sculptures Doug Alcock is known for. He is a full time artist and is kept very busy providing his neighbor, Predator Ridge Golf Course and its property owners with his artwork. “We lost a beautiful piece of land and privacy with that development, but my art sales soared. Whenever they want to sell a unit and put a show home together, they use some of my art for decorations. I do architectural details and metal work, wine cellar gates, steel mantel pieces, glass shelf units, brackets, and window grills. The new unit owner gets the option to buy the metal artwork on display, or buy additional sculptural pieces like the hawk and its prey (see image on next page). I have a good relationship with my neighbor and definitely got over losing our privacy once I realized the volume of work I was going to get.” Where to from here? “I am experimenting with a combination of glass and steel sculptures with another artist. I want to explore the play of light and shadow you get from these two elements.
“I also feel I only have so many pieces of art within me. I am slowing down a bit. My work is getting smaller in scale and I started to change the process by looking at different materials. I want to try working with nonferrous material like copper and brass, or use discarded material, like silver plates people don’t want to polish anymore. This poses new challenges like using silver solder instead of forging . What this all means is that my work will become lighter and quieter. “I still fall asleep at night thinking of what I am going to do the next day though. There is not a lot of separation between my every day life and my work. One flows into the other. “Nowadays I also think more and more about the environment. My process has not been very environmentally friendly, so I try and give back as much as I can. I plant 300 trees a year and we grow our own vegetables. We heat our house with wood, we compost our horse manure, and we grow organic food. We work hard to live the change we want to see.” Doug Alcock can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org More images of his work can be viewed on his website: http://alcockart.com
Gallery of art work by Okanagan artists