I am constantly driven by a creative restlessness. Going to my workshop and setting to action with my sculpting tools fulfills me with a very down to earth satisfaction. It is a retreat from the superficial level of everyday life, from the constant noise. A journey to an unadulterated reality.
What inspires me is the idea that we are far from having fathomed life in its entirety, and that there just might be quite a lot we are missing. I am exploring and questioning this idea, constantly searching for that special something, intuitively reaching out for an abstract depth and trying to grasp what lies beyond the observable truths of the sciences.
And for this, wood with all its peculiarities is my starting point. Because a tree is a centuries-old witness of time, an ally of life. In interacting with this natural product, I take what is present and worthy of preservation and combine it with a mesh of emotional ideas, thoughts and decisions to create a composition all of my own. A chorus of nuances, tones, movements and shapes, an interplay of opposites – light and shadow, clarity and uncertainty, modern simplicity and natural complexity.
As a sculptor, I feel obligated to repay my debt to nature for the exploitation of its resource by using wood mindfully to create a work of art that encourages contemplation and reflection in the viewer.
I was born in 1973 in Bonn, but I grew up in South Africa up to the age of 16 and then moved back to Germany.
After graduating from high school, I studied art history but longed for creative practical activity, so I dropped out to do an apprenticeship as a carpenter. I spent a few years in upscale furniture construction until I became more and more interested in graphic design. Self-taught I started freelancing and still have my own company today.
However, I always continued to work with wood. Since my childhood in Africa I have always had a down-to-earth approach to life and I experience deep satisfaction every day when working with this natural material.
As a sculptor, seeking artistic automny and an arena in which to be truly creative, combining the two disciplines woodworking and graphic design was a logical path for me to follow.
Today I work and live in the greater Cologne/Bonn region with my wife and two children.
Wood is the material with which artist Fabian Ewert works exclusively – more than that: the specific material aesthetics of wood is the actual reason for him to have become an artist in the first place. As a trained carpenter, Ewert has gained a great deal of experience in working with wood and has a thorough knowledge of the material and its characteristics. The decision to embrace wood with decidedly artistic aspirations soon led Ewert, after a brief phase of self-assurance by means of creating figurative sculptures, to a form of work that proved to be the appropriate medium for him. Thus, in recent years, numerous non-representational reliefs characterized by a dynamic design have been created, which ideally meet Ewert’s artistic ideas. Instead of reliefs, he himself prefers to speak of “wall sculptures,” and indeed this term very accurately captures the essential essence of his art form.
I am exhibiting some of my works in the FINCA in Königswinter-Oberpleis.
The FINCA is a specialist in interior design, art, jewellery, fashion and well… basically everything that adds some valuable essence to everyday life. What’s more, the FINCA is a local partner right here in the Seven Mountains region and I really look forward to continuously contributing my work to their beautifully decorated rooms.