About The Artist:
Tj Aitken grew up north of Detroit and came to the city to work in the early seventies. He assembled Cadillacs and Mustangs, worked in die models and show prototypes and then went to Eastern Michigan University for a BFA in sculpture cum Laude. He founded his first studio business in Colorado doing museum replicas and his own sculpture, winning shows in Vail and Denver. However life turned him back to Michigan and automotive design.
He managed 3D design for interiors for many years. Managing did not fulfill the creative need though, so he built his studio and began sculpting again. In the late 90s he took his family on assignment to Europe to set up studios and build design teams there. He lectured at University of Hertfordshire School of Art and Design and worked with studios in Milan, Turin, Wolfsburg, Munich, and Coventry. These years allowed him to study the art masters in Paris and Amsterdam and gave him a new perspective on Americans, their relation to cars, and his generation’s view.
Returning to the states his studio work combined his portraiture and car sculpting interests into a single theme of work: “The Impact of the Auto on Human society”. He developed Aesthetic analysis tools for both the auto industry and for abstract sculpture, and studied creativity management, inventing new tools for business. Through all this his first love has been sculpture. The hidden works from 2 decades are now coming out of his studio starting with the “Nikes” series, portraits of classic cars from the Boomer’s experience. Now Tom is sculpting full time, casting bronzes, and producing pieces in both large and small scales. More information can be found at SculptureByTj.com
Classic (Concept and Sculpture)