lan's interest resides in abstraction and the visual elements of language. For three decades Ian explored fundamental constellations of line, form, color, composition, and semiotics (symbols) - while expressionism, pop art, conceptualism, and minimalism (and at times postmodernism) have continued to inform his work.
Ian began showing publicly in the late ‘80s, with solo shows by the mid-aughts at regional art centers, universities, and galleries; such as The Black Mountain Center for the Arts, Upstairs Artspace, The Asheville Area Arts Council, UNCA Blowers Gallery, Elder Gallery, The Art House, Weizenblatt, T.L Norris, and Lee Hansley Galleries. His work is collected by arts organizations in the Southeast, Midwest, and by private collectors in the US and abroad.
"My life’s-work remains a quest for reasoned intuition; the synthesis of intellectual (patterned) construct and intuitive (distinct) gesture to produce power and insight."