Les Drysdale was born in Hamilton in 1961 and graduated from the University of Guelph in 1985 with an Honours Bachelor of Fine Art. He has worked as a full time sculptor since and his work can be found across the country, in private european collections and Canadian galleries. In an international competition, Les was chosen to create a Monument to Nikola Tesla, overlooking Niagara Falls. This work funded by the Serbian Orthodox Church of Niagara Falls is a testament to Tesla, the inventor of AC electricity and designer of the first hydro electric plant. Other public commissions can be found outside the Toronto Police Headquarters, Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital in Burlington, McMaster Teaching Hospital, Hamilton, St Paul’s Parish in Burlington, St. Peters School in barrie, inside the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in Queens park, Augustus Jones in the Stoney Creek Town square, City of Kitchener-Waterloo police headquarters and the Toltec Warriors for the TTC RM stop in Toronto.
For personal and gallery work, Les draws on ancient greek mythology and the old masters for inspiration. His human figures are manipulated into both the broken and angelic. His work can be seen on display at Gallery Gevik in Toronto.
"Coffee is essential. Maybe it’s a cliché, maybe ritual habit but that coffee allows me the time to mentally prepare for the day. If am stuck creatively I'll start making small models in wax, rough 3d sketches that dictate their own direction and possibilities. I'm a firm believer in the laws of physics when an object in motion wants to stay in motion. I just keep on moving."