Robert Wilson, "Frondescence," turned wood enclosed vessel, pine, green with overlay copper leaf and tung oil finish, 20 x 24 cm.
MANITOBA: Jan 6-Feb 11, with Herman de Vries, Craftspace, Winnipeg
By Janice Rosen
Robert Wilson found his calling in turning wood that is still wet with life. Challenging himself with a difficult medium made even more complex by instability and inherent unpredictability because it is wet, Wilson fashions functional objects infused with rich beauty and organic sensibility. He uses local Manitoban wood sources, often searching out trees felled by a storm and incorporating a twisted beauty into his work through the inclusion of burls, bark and knots. Self-taught, Wilson has been woodturning for over 20 years, integrating colour and contrast with the addition of woodburned details, paints, dyes and metal work to further exploit the beauty of the wood’s cracks and flaws. At the Craftspace gallery this spring, Wilson exhibits with fellow woodturner Herman de Vries, another born Manitoban.
Represented by: Alicat Gallery, Bragg Creek, AB; Craftspace, Winnipeg; <SITE> Gallery, Winnipeg