Thomas "Tj" Aitken
Tj designs, engineers and fabricates commissioned sculpture. His studio has multiple capabilities. With his established collaborators anything can be fabricated. Tj does art installations, workshops and consults for industry on creativity management with his company Novus Resource Inc. He writes books on understanding art, and sculpture process.
His theme: “Modern Impacts on Human Society” is his passion.
His recent larger commissions: Light Dodger & Renaissance Race, allowed exploration of architectural concrete methods and lighted glass.
Midwest public installations include: -“Big Ragtop”, Gerald R Ford Museum grand Rapids Mi. -“57 Descending” Ella Sharp Art museum Jackson Mi, 2012, and Grand Rapids Public Museum 2011, -“Car Chase”- Artprize 09 (top 25), -University of Toledo, -Tecumseh MI. -Hastings, MI. -Canton MI. –City of Troy, Ohio and Carbondale, Colorado juried by James Surles
Solo Shows include: -Forest Hills Art Center, Mi. 2012, -Grand Rapids Area Arts council 2009, -Logsdon 1909 gallery Chicago 2008, -Holland, MI. Civic center 2007
Tj has done many regional Shows, plus Marshal M. Fredricks Sculpture Museum biennial show (award) 08, Velocity- international invitational Minneapolis MN 2008, Eyes on Design (top art prize) Grosse Pt., Mi 07.
Prior to 2006 Tj was a fortune 300 design director specializing in creativity process, training thousands of engineers in managing aesthetics. He holds design and process patents for analyzing Craftsmanship. His materials have been translated into 5 languages. His speaking engagements included: the Harvard “Front end of Innovation”, The Innovation Network, the Creative Problem Solving Institute and the University of Hertfordshire School of design, England on quantifying aesthetics.
He worked in Europe in the 90s setting up design studios and managing international projects. He now applies this industry expertise to the world of sculpture.
His wife and he were early adopters of home schooling and Europe rounded out their kid’s education. He has been involved with many new church concepts and is now fundraising with art for patients suffering from Chronic Lyme Disease.