Rolf Hook is a sculptor working in wood.
Born in Germany in the Rhine Valley, his family name originates in Kent.
His seven year training, encompassing all aspects of handling wood, earned him a masters degree. In 1989 he was presented with the prestigious German State Award in the Arts.
Rolf preserves the 'life of trees' in his work and strongly believes in the importance of minimalism, that less is, indeed, more.
He studies each raw piece of wood, observing its composition, then carefully carves and shapes it. The end result displays his fine art in a unique way, combining the natural beauty of the wood with his handwriting … a sensual object, something that both touches you and cries out to be touched.
His work ranges from small to large sculptures for private collectors or as central feature in parks and gardens. In 2014 he completed an oak sculpture in Muckross House, the heart of Ireland’s famous Killarney National Park.
In Out of Nature 2015, Rolf displays completely new work, two pieces carved from yew 500 -1000 years old, 3 feet in diameter and astonishingly beautiful. He is currently carving smaller sculptures from the same yew on site as artist in residence. His work process can be observed and these pieces on completion will form part of the exhibition. Rolf is happy to offer you insight into his practice and work.
Trees are the silent witnesses of time. They are born ‘air creatures’. I handle them with great respect. Wood is not simply a medium to me. I aim to bring out the particular beauty and character of each piece. I shape, form and work with it, retaining its essence. It should breath again with artistic expression, so that at each encounter we linger beside it and are captivated.