(1968 - )
|Scott Higgins started carving at age 18, and within a few years his highly original style and subject matter caught the attention of serious collectors. His carvings reside in museums and private collections throughout North America and Europe, including major Canadian collections such as the Museum of History, the Canadian War Museum, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Art Bank and the Mobil Art Museum. His work has been featured at galleries in Halifax and Lunenburg and the Mira Goddard Gallery in Toronto.
While generally whimsical, his carvings often make serious political statements, such as his series in honor of the Holocaust, and his tribute to the 26 miners who died in the Westray mine disaster, which depicts dead miners rising out of a mine shaft, while angels trumpet above.
Unfortunately, Scott decided to stop carving in 1999 after completing his 7 ft. "Lord of the Flies" which is now in the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (see picture). Since then, with the exception of a small angel carved in 2003, he has devoted his time exclusively to creating painted panels, three of which were purchased by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.
Ref: Scott McDougall; artscanada, Winter 1991; McKendry, An Illustrated Companion to Canadian Folk Art (1999); Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, "Journal"
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