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Biography

JJock Langslow Australian stone sculptorock Langslow was born in Australia in 1969.  He first began working in Wales in 1993 doing practical stonemasonry such as walling, roofs and floors under a Welsh heritage grant.  

Back in Australia soon after Jock assembled basic stone cutting and masonry tools and began to carve stone troughs from a store of Malmsbury bluestones originally shaped during the goldrush of the 1850’s.  He then began carving functional pieces such as desks, tables and seats, letter cutting and shaping memorials and carving sculptures.

Sculpture has taken precedent over the years. Jock has carved animal studies, relief carved series   of the fossil record and botanical studies. He has referenced hieroglyphs, script, worked sunken cities into water features and carved landscapes from travels in Arizona, Mexico, East Africa and Asia onto stone canvas.  

Monolithic works remain a regular focus. He has 3 early works near the Melbourne Observatories.

In 1998 he received a commission from the Mt Macedon community to carve a memorial to the lives lost at Mt Macedon on Ash Wednesday, followed by three monoliths for the Eltham Cemetery. In 2000 he worked as a stonemason on the restoration of the façade of the State Library of Victoria and in the courtyard of the Victorian Supreme Court. He also carved toward an exhibition every 1-2 years whilst continuing with private commission work.

In 2003 Jock shipped his plant and machinery as well as several tonnes of milled stone to Western Samoa. He conducted some teaching workshops in basic introduction and methods to shifting and carving stone for youths and as an informal part of a prisoner rehabilitation program. Traditional design aspects widespread in the wood carving traditions of contemporary Samoa have informed his own work.

Jock received the ‘Peoples Choice Award’ for a monolithic stone desk exhibited at the Melbourne museum for The Melbourne Fringe Furniture Festival in 2004 , the MS Society purchased a major figurative work the same year. Last year he had a sellout show at Kick Gallery