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ART I S T F EATURE WILKINSON’S MICHAEL


Michael Wilkinson’s taste for Romanticism and Realism inspires his ability to create light-filled, striking sculptures that combat “the unpleasantness of the world” with their idealism, beauty and uplifting qualities. An architect by training and a professional sculptor for more than 27 years, Wilkinson first worked with the medium of bronze to create his pieces. Then in 1984, he started to ex- plore clear acrylic as an alternative way to communicate a wide range of themes though his art that could speak differently to each individual on a very personal level. Due to the fact that acrylic is transparent, view- ers are able to literally look inside each sculpture, into a “fourth dimension” unique to this tough, man-made compound. Haunting and dream- like, each of Wilkinson’s acrylic sculptures tell multiple stories, depending on the angle from which a person views it. With the po- sitions of the figures changing with each step the viewer takes, the artist works to make every part of his sculptures beautiful and remarkable. Beginning each acrylic piece


with plaster or dense clay, Wilkin- son finds joy in the challenge of creating a multifaceted work of art, with light refractions and re- flections, from an opaque ma- terial. Because acrylic is such a complex material to master, which requires a solid under-


“Rainfall”


Limited Edition Sculpture 11" x 7" x 5"


“She is at one with the world, no matter the rain.”


20 OFF THE EASEL MAGAZINE – FALL 2010


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