Ian Meares was raised along Florida’s west central coast, and was a high school exchange student in Germany. Where he developed an enduring, sensitivity and awareness to borders, cultural exchange and the phenomena of sky, water and geography. He earned a Masters of Fine Arts from Pennsylvania State University and a Bachelors of Arts from Eckerd College. He has participated in residences as well as presented, demonstrated, and held solo and group exhibitions, in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Canada, England, and across the United States. From 2011-2013 he was the Visiting Assistant Professor of Ceramics at The Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts at Indiana University. Currently his studio is located in Irvine California.
Ian’s artwork stems from the idiomatic disciplines of ceramics and sculpture. The work is generated by, his observations of day-to-day poetics and an active engagement of philosophy, cultural theory, and critical texts/discourses. Each series of work originates in the horizontal intersections of experimentation and history. Coupled with his examination of materiality and process the work gains its palpability and character and is set upon the slowly moving landscapes of form and content, where value and meaning are emergent.