About Dave Wood Calligraphy
As a young boy I was always fascinated with drawing but was the worst hand writer in the class! Having no idea of the direction my life would take when I left school, I literally stumbled into an apprenticeship as a poster writer. During this time at Art School, studying graphic design, I became enthralled with the art of beautiful handwriting and pen lettering. During his career as a freelance graphic designer in New Zealand I maintained this interest. My appetite for information continued and in the 1980’s I was fortunate enough to attend a one week workshop by an extraordinarily talented English Calligrapher, Donald Jackson, Calligrapher to H M Queen Elizabeth. This cemented my understanding of the essence of calligraphy and from that point I have continued to develop my own very recognisable style. In 1991 I was awarded a Fellowship of the Society of Scribes & Illuminators in London, becoming one of only two Fellows in Australia and one of approximately 80 throughout the world. In 1994 we opened Australia’s first Calligraphy Art Gallery south of Sydney at Batemans Bay where my work was acquired by collectors from all over the world. I now reside in a small town just out of Noosa on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Australia. My work has been exhibited extensively throughout Australia, New Zealand as well as overseas and is held in many private and corporate collections both nationally and internationally. I also teach internationally each year, most recently throughout the USA. I have recently developed an interest in Artist's Book and have created a number of original and limited editions which are now held in private collectors as well as many institutions in the USA and Australia. All these books arel exhibited on my website.
As a Calligraphic Artist and creator of Artist's Books, I continue to enjoy my exploration of my myriad of ideas and design concepts. I enjoy working in my studio every day, whether creating a commission work of art or creating a new original artist's book of one of my favourite poets.
My work is an integral and very important part of my life and when I'm not in the studio, I am creating in my garden.
My focus has always been to bring calligraphy into the 21st century, not to copy history but strive towards making calligraphy an art form in its own right, which is exciting, sensitive and expressive to the recipient. I endeavour to connect at a deeper level through my work with each piece of art that hangs on my clients walls.
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