Dominic was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 1963. He gained a degree in Fine Art at Leeds Polytechnic, and from 1982 to 1983 was assistant to the sculptor David Nash. He spent four years at the Bristol Sculpture Shed before moving to Wales in 1991. During the 25 years Dominic lived in Snowdonia he mainly worked on large-scale site-specific commissions and residencies for public places, making sculpture and sculptural furniture.
Dominic’s art draws on a range of cross-cultural influences from his birthplace in Ethiopia, to his interest in ancient history, organic structures and the human form. He shot blasts or burns the wood, exposing the grain by blowing away the soft summer growth. Burning transforms the wood, soft and charred or polished like black marble. Both methods tighten the surface tension to reveal purity of form.
Dominic has now relocated near Bath where he has renovated a former scrap yard in the Cotswold countryside to establish a gallery -studio complex where he makes new works for commission and exhibition. You can visit his studio gallery by appointment.