Artist Statement

As a long time resident of Madison WI, my heart is rooted in the upper midwest. The perspective that this region brings seeps into my work and mentality. This connection to the land has yielded an ethical approach to building art, giving priority to local and reclaimed materials. My training took place during a ten year apprenticeship with artist Steven Spiro. I am committed to fusing art and design to help build better more livable public spaces. Much of my work is produced through commissions, and is in collections nationally.


From design inspired by organic forms to the use of reclaimed materials, I pose the question: What is our place in the natural world? My art rises from a necessity to respect, conserve and preserve the environment. When I compose my work I seek to create a balance of materials, textures and colors that truly ring like a correct pitch. Humans need to feel connected to nature and when this happens we live and feel better. I build art that is a piece of this puzzle, bringing my distinctive interpretation of the natural world indoors. Our lives benefit from this sense of connection to nature — we yearn for it. My artworks invite the viewer to take a breath for a moment, to experience a personal attachment to their memories of the natural world. When we fall in love with a work of art, it will continue to give back to us. To live with art is to live well.

Aaron Laux Design



2017 May – September Variety is the Spice of Life Exhibit
Zenith Gallery, Washington DC
Invitational group show.
2017 June – August Water: The Essence of Life Exhibit
Alfons Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
Themed invitational, 43 artists from Wisconsin.
2015-16 November – January Luminous Flux
Marzen gallery, Madison, WI
Group show of light sculpture installations.
2015 September – October GLEAM
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI
Juried. Integrated outdoor light sculpture installation.
2015 April – July Dubuque Biennial
Dubuque Museum of Art, Dubuque, IA
Juried. Featured work – squash blossom table.
2015 March – June Prometheus’ Gift
Madison Central Public Library, Madison, WI
Featured in the Bubbler. Sculpture installation.
2015 January – December Artful Home
Madison, WI – promoted nationally. Juried. Featuring furniture and sculpture.
2014 February New Work Debut
KW2, Madison, WI
2013 October New Work Debut
DIAS Fashion Show, Overature Center for the Arts, Madison, WI
2013 September Bay Creek Neighborhood Sign Dedication
Bay Creek Neighborhood, Madison, WI
2013 March Commission Unveiling
Italian Craft Beer Night, Osteria Papavero, Madison, WI
2012 February Sound Cave Sculptural Furniture Featured
Bookless Event, Madison, WI
2011 August Participated in Art Prize
Grand Rapids, MI
2011 May Work featured at Rising Star Juried Show
NorthWest Fine Woodworking Gallery, Seattle, WA


2014 Prize winner at the Midsummer Art Festival
Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI
2013 Prize winner at the Milwaukee Domes Art Festival
Milwaukee Domes, Milwaukee, WI


2017 May Twins
Pine Health Care Campus, Sandstone, MN
2017 Carolyn Shapiro Stairway
Shapiro residence, Riverwood, IL
2016 Water, Forest, Sky, Rice
Essentia Health Care, Ashland, WI
2014 Goff Memorial Bench
University of WI, Department of Horticulture, Madison, WI
2013 Restaurant Furniture Design and Installation
Osteria Papavero, Madison, WI
2013 Angle Kubly and Randy Peterson Built-in Stairway
Kubly Peterson Residence, Madison, WI
2012 Bay Creek Neighborhood Entryway Sign
City of Madison, Madison, WI
Community gateway project.
Primary designer, project and installation manager.


2013 May Featured in 77 Square
Wisconsin State Journal, Madison, WI
2011 October NorthWest Fine Woodworking Magazine
Featured in Rising Star juried show article, Seattle, WA


1990 2000 Apprenticeship
Working with artist, fine woodworker Steven Spiro, Madison, WI
Aaron Laux working with chainsaw


Aaron Laux woodworking process