Wesley Neal Rasko

I fully believe a certain "luck factor" exists when working with glass; sometimes a piece turns out and others crack or break. Glass can be solid/liquid, can be formed using heat or through cold working processes. It is colorful, full of life, can be transparent or matte, and is the ultimate sculpting material. I embrace this uncertain nature of glass by transforming it into expressions of emotions and nature through swirling colors and awe-inspiring forms. The final hand-ground, polished pieces embody the contrasting characteristics of glass through their inclusion of textured and transparent sections and various colors interacting with one another. My pieces are composed of painted and laminated float glass, cast glass, optical crystal, and exotic stone. I strive to create provocative glass sculptures that showcase the flexibility and fluidity of glass while also accepting and adapting to its uncertain nature. This is my destiny in life; to create works of art that I am blown a



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Wesley Neal Rasko

Wesley Neal Rasko

Wesley Neal Rasko Description

Wesley Neal Rasko doesn’t remember a time when he wasn’t drawing, sketching, doodling, painting or sculpting with clay. Being involved in the before and after school programs at elementary school, the Wildflower Art Centre and optional art classes throughout his entire formal educative life, he expressed himself artistically. The natural extension of this talent led him to enroll in the Alberta College of Art and Design. After finishing his first year in sculpture, he and his father traveled to Europe and visited their ancestral “home” in the Czech and Slovak Republics. Rasko was influenced too by his father, a passionate art collector, who had developed friendships with artists - learning about what motivated them and where the art “came from.”  His father realized that collecting additional 2D art would be almost impossible due to lack of space. This revelation led to visiting glass art galleries and subsequently two masters who worked in cast glass, one of whom was Prague-based artist Bohumil Elias.

“Arriving at Elias’ home, a vast number of overhead lights were turned on which brought to life all the colorful glass sculptures which filled the space with a magical aura. My jaw dropped, I fell to my knees and was left awe-stuck by the beauty that stood in front of me. Within a few minutes my life changed as Bohumil made me an offer which simply couldn’t be refused: to stay with him and learn as his apprentice. My father traveled back to Canada on his own, leaving me with my new master and mentor in life.”

Though Rasko’s life took a different turn after some time in Elias’ studio, he finished a two year stint studying engineering in Calgary. He then worked as a civil engineer and returned during breaks to work in the Czech glass studio, eventually opening his own studio north of Prague.  Still unclear about his future career, a death-defying experience in a triple roll over accident defined his belief that God intended for him to survive and use his newly found passion to devote his life to expressing his creativity through glass art. Rasko currently travels internationally, returning happily to his home studio in the Czech Republic.

Wesley Neal Rasko Statement

I fully believe a certain "luck factor" exists when working with glass; sometimes a piece turns out and others crack or break. Glass can be solid/liquid, can be formed using heat or through cold working processes. It is colorful, full of life, can be transparent or matte, and is the ultimate sculpting material. I embrace this uncertain nature of glass by transforming it into expressions of emotions and nature through swirling colors and awe-inspiring forms.

The final hand-ground, polished pieces embody the contrasting characteristics of glass through their inclusion of textured and transparent sections and various colors interacting with one another. My pieces are composed of painted and laminated float glass, cast glass, optical crystal, and exotic stone.

I strive to create provocative glass sculptures that showcase the flexibility and fluidity of glass while also accepting and adapting to its uncertain nature. This is my destiny in life; to create works of art that I am blown away in creating and thus I can only hope the viewer will have a similar reaction when they see my finished work.

Wesley Neal Rasko Resumé

EDUCATION

1998-1999 Alberta Collage of Art and Design

1999-2000 Apprenticeship with Bohumil Eliaš

EXHIBITIONS

2008 Sandra Ainsley Gallery Toronto, Canada (group show)

2008 Galerie Na Rynku Zelezny Brod, Czech Republic (group show)

2008 ARTETIK Bratislava, Slovak Republic (group show)

2008 Plateaux Gallery London, England (group show)

2008 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition Toronto, Canada (group show)

2009 Galerie MY Jablonec nad Nisou, Czech Republic (group show)

2009 Toronto Art Expo Toronto, Canada (group show)

2009 Internationale Glaskunstbeurs Leerdam, Leerdam, Netherlands (group show)

2009 Jean Claude Chapelotte Galerie Luxembourg, Luxembourg (group show)

2009 Montreal Art Expo Montreal, Canada (group show)

2010 Galerii Slovenskej Vytvarnej Unie Bratislava, Slovak Republic (group show)

2010 Ronen Art Vision Amsterdam, Netherlands (group show)

2010 Moscow International Art Salon Moscow, Russia (group show)

2010 AAF Brussels Brussels, Belgium (group show)

2010 Monaco Art Show Monte Carlo, Monaco (group show)

2010 Zelezny Brod Glass Exhibitiom Zelezny Brod, Czech Republic (group show)

2010 AAF Paris, Paris, France (group show)

2010 Festival of Art Glass Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic (group show)

2010 AAF Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands (group show)

2011 AAF Brussels, Brussels, Belgium (group show)

2011 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition Toronto, Canada (group show)

2011 Festival of Art Glass Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic (group show)

2012 Festival of Art Glass Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic (group show)

2012 Levenat Art Gallery Shanghai, China (group show)

2011 Etienne Gallery Oisterwijk, Netherlands (group show)

2012 ARTi Den Haag, Netherlands (group show)

2012 Zelezny Brod Glass Exhibitiom Zelezny Brod, Czech Republic (solo show)

2012 AAF Amsterdam Amsterdam, Netherlands (group show)

2012 PAN Amsterdam Amsterdam, Netherlands (group show)

2013 AAF Brussels, Brussels, Belgium (group show)

2013 Toronto Art Expo Toronto, Canada (group show)

2013 Art Shanghai Shanghai, China (group show)

2013 Amarynth Gallery Toronto, Canada (group show)

2013 AAF New York, New York, U.S.A (group show)

2013 Festival of Art Glass Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic (group show)

2013 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition Toronto, Canada (group show)

2013 Galerie bruno massa Paris, France (group show)

2013 AAF Battersea London, England (group show)

2013 CUTLOG Paris, France (group show)

2013 AAF Hamburg Hamburg, Germany (group show)

2013 PAN Amsterdam Amsterdam, Netherlands (group show)

2014 Habatat Galleries West Palm Beach, U.S.A (group show)

2014 AAF Brussels, Brussels, Belgium (group show)

2014 SALON Zelezny Brod, Czech Republic (group show)

2014 Artist Project Toronto, Canada (group show)

2014 Sheridan Russell Gallery London, England (group show)

2014 AAF Battersea London, England (group show)

2014 OENO Gallery Bloomfield, Canada (group show)

2014 New Chelsea Art Fair London, England (group show)

2014 AAF New York, New York, U.S.A (group show)

2014 Toronto Art Expo Toronto, Canada (group show)

2014 Select Art Fair New York, U.S.A (group show)

2014 Ningbo Museum of Art Ningbo, China (group show)

2014 AAF Hampstead London, England (group show)

2014 Festival of Art Glass Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic (group show)

2014 SEEART Fair Tunbridge Wells, England (group show)

2014 SoHo Art Gallery Osaka, Japan (group show)

2014 Art Osaka, Osaka, Japan (group show)

2014 (e)merge art fair, Washington, U.S.A (group show)

2014 Cambridge City Art Fair, Cambridge, England (group show)

2014 AAF Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany (group show)

2014 SOFA Chicago, U.S.A (group show)

2014 Edinburgh Art Fair, Edinburgh, Scotland (group show)

2014 PAN Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands (group show)

2014 IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT Konigswinter, Germany (group show)

014 CONTEXT Art Miami, Miami, U.S.A (group show)

2015 AAF Brussels, Brussels, Belgium (group show)

2015 Color Break Bloomfield, Canada (group show)

2015 AAF Battersea London, England (group show)

2015 Original Voices Chicago, United States (group show)

2015 New Chelsea Art Fair London, England (group show)

2015 Art Breda Breda, Netherlands (group show)

2015 Int. Glass Invitational, Royal Oak, U.S.A (group show)

2015 Etienne Gallery, Oisterwijk, Netherlands (solo show)

2015 AAF Hampstead, London, England (group show)

2015 GlassWeekend, Millville, U.S.A (group show)

2015 AAF New York, New York, U.S.A (group show)

2015 Cambridge Art Fair, Cambridge, England (group show)

2015 art silicon valley, San Mateo, U.S.A (group show)

2015 SOFA, Chicago, U.S.A (group show)

2015 Edinburgh Art Fair, Edinburgh, Scotland (group show)

2015 PAN Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands (group show)

2015 IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT Konigswinter, Germany (group show)

2016 Art Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, U.S.A (group show)

2016 Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, Palm Springs, U.S.A (group show)

2016 Abstract Expressions Salt Lake City, U.S.A (group show)

2016 AAF Battersea London, England (group show)

2016 Art Breda Breda, Netherlands (group show)

2016 Chelsea Art Fair London, England (group show)

2016 AAF Hampstead London, England (group show)

2016 SeeArt Tunbridge Wells, England (group show)

2016 Glass Fest Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic (group show)

2016 Cambridge Art Fair Cambridge, England (group show)

2016 35th Anniversary Show Oisterwijk, Netherlands (group show)

2016 ART.FAIR Cologne, Germany (group show)

2016 Edinburgh Art Fair Edinburgh, Scotland (group show)

2016 IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT Konigswinter, Germany (group show)

2017 Art Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, U.S.A (group show)

2017 Plateaux Gallery London, England (group show)

2017 AAF Battersea London, England (group show)

2017 Chelsea Art Fair London, England (group show)

2017 Layered Up Invitational Norfolk, U.S.A (group show)

2017 Cena Galerie Nova Bratislava, Slovak Republic (group show)

2017 AAF Hampstead, London, England (group show)

2017 Int. Art Fair Sevenoaks Sevenoaks, England (group show)

2017 GlassWeekend, Millville, U.S.A (group show)

2017 The Art and Antiques Fair Olympia London, England (group show)

COLLECTIONS

Fort Wayne Museum of Art, United States (public)

Ernsting Foundation Wiesbaden, Germany (public)

Muskegon Museum of Art Muskegon, United States (public)

Museums Vledder Vledder, Netherlands (public)

Katsuhisa Suzuki Tokyo, Japan (private)

Gangtai Museum of Shanghai Shanghai, China (public)

Addi Ryckaert Schoten, Belgium (public)

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