Lucas Wearne is a self-taught artist, craftsperson and maker based in Melbourne. He is best known for his natural limestone sculptures and hybrid objects that balance form, materiality and process and fuse traditional workmanship with contemporary design.
Beginning his career as a landscape architect, furniture-maker, and silversmith, Lucas’s experimental approach to object construction is process-based and centres around the use of the hands and body. He is drawn to the natural properties and unpredictable nature of Australian limestone. In his own words, ‘unpredictability is what makes natural materials so special. Working with the unexpected to resolve the challenges that these materials present is often where the most interesting moments of a piece are found.’
His love of process and experimentation is balanced with a deep understanding of and appreciation for contemporary art and architecture, taking inspiration from Cubism, Greek Classicism and Romanticism.
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