Alasdair Thomson lives and works in Edinburgh. He achieved his degree in Art History from the University of Edinburgh in 2004, and his diploma in sculpture from the Scuola Edile in Siena, Italy in 2010. He teaches annually in Carrara, acting as assistant instructor on the Tuscany Study programme at Studio Corsanini. He won the People’s Choice Award at 2013’s Royal Scottish Academy Open Exhibition, was the recipient of 2014’s artist in residency at the Carving Studio & Sculpture Centre in West Rutland, Vermont, and received the 2015 Creative Edinburgh award for Creativity. He has exhibited widely, including shows in London, New York and Hong Kong, as well as in Edinburgh.
The very process of carving stone excites me every time I approach it. Watching the form emerge as I carve away the excess material, and being responsible for something as rigid and formidable as stone being reduced to a swathe of soft fabric is in equal parts, both a joyful and perplexing thing. Regardless of the scale or complexity of the project at hand, I still go out to work with the same eagerness that I did when I first started carving. Each piece of stone has its own unique beauty, formed over millions of years, and it is a privilege to be the one to reveal it.