Some artists give the impression that their art pours forth effortlessly. Not so with artist Michael Wilkinson. He admits there is a great deal of introspection and hard work in every gorgeous sculpture he creates. Accustomed to meeting the technical requirements of the Air Force in his early career followed with abiding by the strictures of building codes and load-bearing calculations during his architectural career, Michael brings a deep understanding of the intricate interplay of manipulating unyielding materials into artistic sculpture. Wilkinson is highly adept at achieving his sculptural vision in traditional media such as bronze and equally talented at identifying the right balance of competing forces to beautifully imbed a sculpture with an acrylic medium. Michael Wilkinson is a pioneer in this relatively new genre of sculpture.
Private collectors are mystified by the medium. As a ground breaking leader in this genre, Michael is one of very few artists capable of creating such magnificent works in this new medium which literally reverses the traditional external surface format of figurative sculpture. Unlike other artists who remain one-dimensional in their range, Michael has successfully transferred his internationally recognized sculptural forte into a challenging new branch of sculpture, distinctive from traditional materials and methods. Just as an architect must take into account the orientation of his structure with respect to patterns of sunlight, particularly the morning sun and afternoon shade, Michael spends countless hours assessing and modifying his projects to best capture and reflect light. It is amazing to think that Michael is conversant at balancing all of the technical decisions of the casting process with the refined dexterity necessary to accurately sculpt the figures he envisions; yet he doesn’t stop there, he imbues those figures with virility and emotion.
In a world riddled with clutter and noise, Michael Wilkinson’s devotion to an uplifting aesthetic is so refreshing. Michael freely admits his quest to evoke the ideal; he holds himself to this high standard when measuring the degree to which his work raises one’s spirits, inspires serenity for the soul and honors the sheer grace of true human intimacy. By far Michael’s expertise celebrates the beauty of God’s most amazing creation—the human body. Michael doesn’t just render an anatomically correct reproduction, which in and of itself is quite difficult; rather, he instills each figure with accessible emotion, revealing the intimate spiritual connection between man and woman.
No longer does Michael circle the globe as a member of the US Air Force; yet we benefit today from the opportunities he had as he travelled the world in service to our country. His service gave him the opportunity to observe many cultures firsthand; he gained tremendous artistic insight through his interaction with individuals in every country he visited. His work has both an ethereal quality and clean aesthetic which he often credits to his early fascination with the art and culture of Japan honed while serving in the armed forces. Michael gratefully recognizes the stature of the artists who came before him, those who experimented with materials and techniques, laying the foundation for his own arrival on the art scene. One example would be the impressive body of sculptural work by Russian born Louise Nevelson, who like Michael, came into her own artistic career after pursuing a number of other avenues before her first exhibition at age 42. However, Michael was unhesitant at seeking alternatives; he has bravely moved this art form forward utilizing advances in the technology of molding to shift past the handcut/adhesive approach of Nevelson’s time.
Though Michael Wilkinson is well-versed in the functional aspects of sculpture, his attention to form is what heightens the viewer’s experience, achieving Michael’s most cherished goal , that of serving as a conduit for exaltation of beauty. We proudly represent Michael Wilkinson at FineArt360.