Growing up in South Africa surrounded by flowers, Ian developed an early passion for color and flowers. In order to get away from the oppressive Nationalist Governments ‘apartheid’ regime in South Africa.
Ian immigrated to America with his family in 1980 and now lives and works in New York City.
Ian has been influenced by artists such as Turner, Mark Rothko and Georgia O’Keeffe and has a fascination with light, color and form. Continually seeking to find a better way to show the unique qualities of flowers and form, Ian has developing his own unique style and technique of photographing botanical images. He endeavors to make the viewer more aware of the structural beauty and essence of the flower or orchid by concentrating on close ups of the subject and by the use of dramatic lighting to emphasizes it's beauty.
Ian has had solo shows in New York and Cincinnati and has participated in group shows at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York, The Kennedy Space Center, Connecticut and abroad. Ian has work in the Pulitzer Collection, the NASA Collection, and the Allen Collection, as well numerous private collections, both in the States and abroad.
1997 Architrove Gallery, Long Island, New York
1995 Architrove Gallery, Long Island, New York
1987 Closson’s Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio
1981 Closson’s Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio
2017 Xavier University Gallery
2000 Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York
1995 Revel Gallery, New York
1988 Visions of Flight, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
1988 Visions of Flight, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC
1986 Wind-Borne Gallery, Connecticut
1987 Closson’s Gallery, Cincinnati
1983 82nd Annual Art Exhibition, New Haven Gallery
1976 Collectors Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
1975 Gallery 101, Johannesburg
1962 New Signatures Exhibition, Egon Gunter Gallery, Johannesburg
Cincinnati Bell Collection
Cincinnati Medical School
AWARDS & COMMISSIONS
1988 NASA - “Challenger” Space shuttle
1988 Communication Arts - Award of Excellence
1988 Communication Arts Magazine Competition - Award of Excellence
1983 82nd Annual Art Exhibition, New Haven - Best of Show
1980 Portrait commission of the Bishop of Ohio
1976 South African Government Philatelic Services - Commemorative stamp
1962 New Signatures, Egon Gunter Gallery, Johannesburg - Honorable Mention