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Ian Newton

All the Ragged Days, 2020

Westmoreland slate, lettering is artist's own writing
H:49cm W:30cm D:3cm
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Ian Newton

I’ve worked with stone for almost five decades from Drystone Dyking to restoration carving on Cathedrals. My vocation for the last thirty years has been making gravestones; work I find enormously fulfilling. All the Ragged Days was written and carved in Lockdown 2020 after finding damaged feathers on the beach and feeling how familiar they seemed to our human experience; needing care and gentleness. The Afterlife is a visual ‘joke’ about my growing sense that dying could very possibly be accompanied by a feeling of going Home.

Ian creates hand carved memorials, gravestones and headstones, unique and lettered to individual designs. His commissioned lettercutting and artworks can be seen in private and public collections, and he works closely with clients to create design in words and images that are fitting and appropriate for the individuals.

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