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Phil Velikan: Sculptor
Working in epoxy clay and oil paints, Velikan creates things that are slightly askew of the norm.
I live to create things "out of the ordinary". There is just not enough weird and whimsy in the world anymore. I feel talent is wasted if only used to make marketable widgets, any craftsman can do that. Making something that speaks to someone, that takes an artist, and that is what I aspire to.
I find drawing and painting too limiting in their singlular view. When I visualize something, it’s in-the-round. I want the viewer to experience a piece in it’s entirety, as it was imagined. I consider it a challenge to surprise viewers with little discoveries as they explore my works. I picture the form and how it relates, grows and functions as a whole, from many angles and elevations, not just one locked perspective. I include details near the focus of the sculpt for people to find, making my works interactive. As the viewer wanders around a piece, the small details and discoveries come together as parts of a whole, telling a story.
I work in stages so that individual parts may easily be handled and finessed, only assembling the entire work when all the parts are near completion. I primarily work in 2-part epoxy clay which feathers with water, yet cures to an amazing strength.
Sun King CANvitational 2015 "Best in Show"
Art vs Art 2012 "In the final four"
Wonderfest 2008 "Bronze award"
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