Alex Jepson is an emerging artist who was born and raised in the greater Toronto area. At a young age he fell in love with exploring the outdoors while camping, hiking and snowboarding. Growing up he was inspired by the artwork of various family members, as well as the classic work of Lawren Harris, Tom Thompson and Vincent Van Gogh.
Alex graduated from Ivey Business School at Western University in 2013, where he focused on entrepreneurship and social enterprise. At university he got involved in an international development project that allowed him to spend time working in Africa, returning twice after graduation for various professional opportunities. Over the next few years Alex worked for several companies in Canada while maintaining his creative expression through Photoshop and digital art projects. In 2018 Alex began his exploration of wood. He quickly became enamored with the medium and process – specifically the connection to nature and the sense of peace woodwork provided through flow states.
Alex began the journey of becoming a craftsman with the goal of hanging his artwork in the homes of customers and sharing the awe inspiring, calming and therapeutic qualities of the natural world. Being surrounded by the art & photography of 4 generations of family in his workshop, Alex maintains a deep connection to his roots and what is most important to him in life – nature and expressing creativity.
“I create artwork to connect with a flow state of mind, where thoughts clear away and my sense of time vanishes. Being completely absorbed in the process is a deeply meditative feeling.
Using natural hardwood as my main medium allows me to reconnect with nature and enter a place where I feel grounded, peaceful and alive. I invite my viewers to experience a deeper connection to the natural world by calmly ‘travelling’ through my flowing designs. I hope you can find a sense of peace while exploring the natural patterns in the wood grain of my art pieces or seeing how the smaller, individual pieces come together as one interconnected whole.
I create my designs mostly based on natural subjects that provide me with a sense of awe, often centered around Canadian animals or landscapes. The art pieces are handmade, using a variety of hand and power tools. Hand cutting, carving and handmade frames create a deeply personal and unique piece of artwork.
A crucial part of my process is selecting high quality wood from a variety of local small businesses. The incredible character and wood grain of these products allow me to create unique pieces of artwork, where the natural elements of the wood represent certain intricate details. Selecting high quality wood ensures a long-lasting piece of artwork that can be enjoyed over the years.”