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.
“In my work I have tried to adhere to these principles and create works that do have a life of their own which can arouse intensely impassioned reactions from viewers. Most of my work is based on mythical themes, which I feel are timeless ideals that speak about the human condition, our strengths and indestructible spirit and yet our vulnerabilities and morality. My approach to each work is an intuitive one, reacting to the natural thrusts and stresses of the figure, interlacing textured forms with elegant curves and planes of figure and drapery. The result is an overall dynamic rhythm between anatomical reality, texture and form, creating a dramatic and powerful sculpture.”