Partick Imai - February 8, 2017
Patrick Imai is a member of the National Capital Network of Sculptors, Arteast, Arts Ottawa East and the Kanata Civic Art Gallery. His artwork is also on display in the Gallery on Gore, Perth, Ontario. His sculptures have been part of many exhibits including the Museum of Nature – Nature into Sculpture, Shenkman Centre - Mix of Emotions, Mosaic, Selections and St Brigid’s Centre for the Arts - Dimensions and are in private collections in Canada, the United States, Europe and the United Kingdom.
Born in Toronto, Patrick by the age of 10 was already an avid carver searching for the right subject and medium. He carved wood until he tried soapstone carving in the late 90's. He was immediately hooked by the ease of working the soft stone and the beauty of the colour and finish of the polished stone. He has since worked in other stone such as: alabaster, chlorite, selenite, limestone and marble.
The majority of Patrick's carvings are bears. When he started carving he was inspired by the Inuit polar bear carvings and this influence is still reflected in his work. Over the years, he has developed his own style which incorporates found objects and reflects human emotions, movements and actions.
Reflecting on his travels and life experiences, the Patrick explores the relationship between humans, families and nature. Through his work, he wants people to see themselves strongly connected with life, family and nature.