Statement

In order to convey my own concepts of masculinity and beauty, my work presents a dichotomy between intimidating physicality and pensive vulnerability. This upends historical tropes, and speaks to the inner emotions and experiences conflicting and encompassing all humanity. I hope that my own attempts to try to better understand these spiritual and philosophical concepts will permeate my figures to create work that bears the mark of our contemporary culture, speaks of the human condition, and encourages the same thoughts—and questions—in others. 

 

Biography

Born in 1985 in Boston, Massachusetts, I currently work and reside in Naples, Florida with my wife, artist Lauren Amalia Redding. I attended the New Hampshire Institute of Art, notably studying under James Aponovich and Marcus Greene. During that time, I spent five weeks studying at the Florence School of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy, which proved transformative. Though I obtained my BFA in Painting, my primary interest became sculpture, especially due to exposure in Italy. 

After spending a couple years as an assistant preparator at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire, I attended the New York Academy of Art. There, my concentration was in sculpture and anatomy. I studied under sculptors Harvey Citron, Randy McIver, and Robert Simon. I also painted under Steven Assael and Odd Nerdrum. Though I was dedicated to sculpting at this point, it was Nerdrum who instilled what would become a dominant principle in my own work: "It all goes back to the Greeks." 

I lived and worked in Queens, New York for seven years following graduate school. During that time I worked as a fabricator and the lead installation specialist for Jeff Koons.  This afforded me the oppurtunity to expand and refine my fabrication experience, and also to travel. Simultaneously, I continued to make my own work and exhibit it primarily in New York City and the Northeast. 

In 2018, my wife, Lauren Amalia Redding, and I partnered to found H&R Studio, a studio where we make our own work and teach others in Naples, Florida. Both of us strive to merge informed technique with sincere content within our own artwork. That combination--of skill and meaning, the classical and the personal, the past and present--drives the mission of H&R Studio. At H&R Studio, students are given the opportunity to learn how to create skill-based representational art, but with breathing room and informality so that each student is free to create work that is uniquely his or her own while working alongside us as we continue in our own endeavors. 

 

In The Studio

Artist Tun Myaing of Myaing Projects graciously shot and produced these videos explaining the world seen through my eyes and how that leads to my artwork