Rob Pollock is a 90-year-old self-taught sculptor who has been creating art since he was nine years old. His artistic journey began in Dallas, Texas where as a young boy he worked in copper and pewter, learning to cut, shape with a hammer and soldering pieces, such as ash trays and matchbox covers. In the summer of 1943 while visiting in La Jolla, California, he took a class in linoleum block printing at the La Jolla Museum of Art. After graduation from high school in 1945, he attended SMU for one semester, taking a class in clay sculpturing from Stella Lamond. He entered Harvard College in the spring, graduating in 1949.
Upon returning to Dallas after two years in the Navy in 1953, he took up sculpture again at the Creative Arts Center of Dallas (CAC) where he has studied ever since under several artists, including Jewel Cline, David Hickman and Art Wells until his retirement from sculpting last year. It was at CAC that he hand-carved his first piece of Italian marble – a piece he obtained from a pile of marble remnants by a local landscape architect. In addition to sculpting at CAC, he spent a month each summer in Pietrasanta, Italy, for the next 20 years. His last visit to his beloved Pietrasanta was in 2011.
Most of Pollock’s stone sculpture is done in white Carrara marble and comes from the same quarries near Pietrasanta where Michelangelo obtained his marble. He does not just carve the marble, he honors it by leaving small sections either untouched or carved so that natural stone contrasts with the polished portions in an organic way like an ammonite fossil.