Welcome to my personal corner, allow me to introduce myself and tell you a little about my background. My name is Adone Pozzobon and I was born in a small town in northern Italy neighboring the beautiful city of Venice and moved to Canada at the young age of two. Art played a significant role in my family's history, my grandfather was an ornamental wood carver of classical furniture and my father a classically trained painter and sculptor. As time progressed I acquired professional skills in a variety of artistic fields which eventually led me to establish my career as a professional artist.
My background had been in the commercial graphic arts trade where I spent eighteen years in the printing industry managing and operating a lithography department. However, my passions lay in the decorative arts and antiquities. In particular, I was most fond of metals, their properties, and decorative capabilities and that interest soon evolved into a desire to artistically express my ideas; that passion found its home within the art of hand engraving. Over a period of three years from 1994-1997 I diligently practiced engraving during my spare time for as many hours as I possibly could, after which time I had gained sufficient skill to begin the rather challenging leap into a new future as a full time engraving artist.
I first began engraving for the antique gun collector market primarily through custom gunsmiths services since most gunsmith's periodically require the services of an engraver, wherefrom I had the opportunity to study and work in restoring old engraving decorations on antique pistols and hunting rifles. In time I gained the needed experience in traditional engraving styles to explore more creative commissions on classic rifles, and eventually honing my skills further into smaller and less forgiving mediums such as collector art knives and fine jewelry, rings, watch movements...
My favorite commissions are not always those that are most artistic but rather those that best express a certain special sentiment envisioned by its owner; I believe this gives art more depth and meaning. I am fortunate to have had customers from most continents, my work profiled in printed publications, and in Hollywood feature films; In addition, having won the prestigious art award 'In the pursuit of excellence in furthering Canadian Cultural Arts' and its Grand Purse from 'Canada Council for the Arts'.
In closing, I hope you enjoy your visit through my portfolio, and please feel free to write me if you have any questions or simply wish to say hello, you're sure to receive a welcome reply.
Many thanks Adone
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