For Lucas Salton it all started at a dinner party in 1988, when he learned of a glassblowing apprenticeship on the Sunshine Coast. This was the beginning of his long and loving relationship with glass. Now he travels the world to work with other masters of the medium.
Lucas says: “Glass is alchemic. You mix dirt together, burn it with fire at about 1300°C to make it clear and molten and you control it with water, wood, air and steel but you never completely master it”. When asked about his choice of material, he says “I simply love it”.
As a boy he was fascinated by glass and all things shiny. He began making small glass animals by sticking together broken windscreen glass that he and his sister, Larissa, collected from the side of the road. These days, he works in his studio surrounded by a spectacular array of colourful glass including elegant ‘Triffids’ and striking ‘Totems’ which are his signature pieces.
“The material is amazing. It can transmit, reflect, and bend light. It is hard, yet fragile - making it precious. My work tends to have clean parabolic lines with rich colour and subtle qualities,” says Lucas. “It includes an aesthetic quality that I was able to hone thanks in large part to an artist residency in Japan”.
Warner Brothers commissioned some of Lucas's pieces for the films ‘Ghost Ship’ and ‘Peter Pan’. The embassy residence of the High Commission of Brunei Darussalam in ACT acquired Lucas’ glass sculptures and he has exhibited in Munich as well as Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart and Brisbane.
Lucas as exhibited extensively around the world with more than a dozen global solo exhibitions and countless Australian shows. He has completed many installations in private homes, hospitals and hotels including his 320-piece installation at the Westin Hotel in Sydney and a 26-piece installation in Dubai's Sofitel Hotel.
Lucas's ability to create spectacular, one-off awards and gifts has been recognised and appreciated by companies such as Apple Macintosh and BHP as well as the Queensland Premier's Department, Museums Australia, Queensland's Smart Women Awards and the South Australia Business Woman of the Year award.
These days Lucas has largely retired from glass blowing, focusing instead on large public sculptures and innovative art installations including his spectacular "interactive spider" the he travels with to music and arts festivals around the world. Instead of actively creating new works for the gallery, he has selectively released work to Jive Art from his private collection.
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