Jon Gaspersic comes from Queenstown, our small mining town on
the West Coast of Tasmania. At the age of 15, Jon took on an apprenticeship as
an electrician at Renison Bell tin mine. It was here, working underground,
where he experienced and understood the true meaning of darkness and light.
After learning his trade, Jon left Tasmania for overseas
where he spent three years traveling and working as a barman, boat rigger and
builder. On returning to Australia, he spent time wiring nightclubs in
Melbourne such as ʻThe Undergroundʼ and ʻThe Metroʼ. It was at ʻThe Metroʼ
where he met lighting designer Nathan Thompson. He later joining his team
ʻLighting Associatesʼ and began working on significant projects such as ʻSt
Kilda War Memorial 11th Hour Lighting Simulationʼ, ʻMoomba Monsterʼ, ʻStelark
Machine Works Speleto Festivalʼ.
In 1991 Jon returned to Tasmania, where his journey into
glasslight making started with a journey of another kind. Just before rafting
down the Franklin River, he had a chance encounter with Martin Warren and
Dexter Harrison – both fine artists and fine men. They gave Jon the
inspiration and the creative space at the Design Makers Co-operative in Hunter
Street, which allowed him to develop his talent and feed his creative hunger.
He began to make and break glass with Martin Warren, and with help from Ced
Williams, Bob Bird and many others he developed and mastered the fine art of
Jon is driven by his desire to make light more visible to
the eye through lens making. After many years he has finally achieved his
vision and has mastered the art of fusing science and art to create amazing
artistic and sculptural glasslight installations. Jonʼs handling of light is
invariably poetic. He views colour and light texture as the simplest means of
dramatising a plain and sterile space.
Jon lives and works in Tasmania where he can experience the
balance that the wildness of nature, family and friends provides. Happy days.