Welcome, allow me to introduce myself and to take this opportunity to tell you a little about my background. My name is Adone T. Pozzobon and I am the artist and founder of Adone Galleries, owner of AdoneGalleries.com / engravingarts.com and engravingarts.net
Art has always played a significant role in my family's history; my grandfather was an Ornamental woodcarver of fine furniture and my father a classically trained painter and sculptor.
I instinctively followed in their footsteps and like them specialized my skills within various disciplines, sculpting, painting, graphical design and photography... so that in one form or another art played a significant role in my life. These, combined skills would come to form the foundational framework of my career today.
My hand engraving studies began in 1994 during a time when in this country reference material resources and specialty tools were virtually unattainable since there was little demand for hand engraving. The internet at that time was of little use being in its infancy leaving the only resource for reference material to be the local libraries. This allowed me the needed visual reference to hand make many needed Tools.
Initially I trained using traditional engraver's hammer and chisel, and hand held incising tools and eventually as they became available I selected more sophisticated tooling such as fine pneumatic pulse hammers, quality optics, and better sharpening systems. For years I practiced day and night honing my abilities in order to build the confidence needed to leave behind an 18-year career in the graphic arts industry and begin an exciting new chapter as a professional engraving artist.
For the first three years I worked almost exclusively with custom gunsmiths servicing the antique firearm collector community. It was through those sources that I had the wonderful opportunity to study traditional American and European classic engraving restoring damaged and worn engravings on fine quality antique pistols and hunting rifles.
In time having refined my skills I developed my own signature style and began exploring other artistic commissions engraving original art on prestigious rifles and shotguns and eventually into smaller demanding detailed work on collection art knives, fine luxury rings, fountain pens, and wristwatches.
My most favorite commissions are those that best express a certain sentiment envisioned by the customer. Or those, that by their very symbolism carry a unique meaning that attracts by means of artistic expression.
Many of my engravings reside in private collections however the majority of my work is worn as fine art jewelry mostly from my line of mens signet rings. I am fortunate to have held commissions on most continents with customers from varying philosophies and from all social and financial classes including nobility, and what I have noted is that all are unified by a common thread, a passion for beautiful art.
My engravings have appeared in various printed publications, in Hollywood feature films and has been awarded the prestigious art title "In pursuit of excellence, furthering Canadian Cultural Arts" including its Grand Purse from the 'Canada Council for the Arts'. In addition, in 2014, Kentucky Governor Steven L. Beshear bestowed upon me the honorable title of Kentucky Colonel being recognized for my artistic contributions.
In closing it is my wish that you enjoy my portfolio and find the site informative, feel free to write me if you have any questions or simply wish to say hello, I'd be pleased to hear from you. Many thanks Adone.
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