Wooden Illusions by Tom Eckert

Arizona-based artist Tom Eckert creates incredibly lifelike sculptures out of wood.

"My sculptures are formed entirely of wood and then painted. I use traditional processes to carve, construct, laminate and paint my pieces."

"All of the pieces are life-size, carved and painted using various spray and brush techniques."

"The woods I prefer working with are basswood, linden and limewood (all very similar) chosen because they carve and paint well and are very stable. Coming from a painting and drawing background, I am still interested in applying some of those techniques to my sculptures. My choice of paint is mostly waterborne lacquer applied using both spray guns and brushes."

"Forms carved to suggest cloth recur in many of my pieces. By tradition, cloth has been widely used to conceal and shroud objects in practices ranging from advertising to church rituals. Covered forms are often more evocative - with a sense of mystery absent from the uncovered object by itself. I remember in church one Lent, as a child, being mystified while gazing at the statues shrouded with purple cloth."

Check his website: http://www.tomeckertart.com


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