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Ultra Realistic Wood Sculptures by Tom Eckert

Tom Eckert’s sculptures are formed entirely of wood and then painted.  Tom uses traditional processes to carve, construct, laminate and paint his pieces.  The woods he 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, Tom is still interested in applying some of those techniques to my sculptures.   His choice of paint is mostly waterborne lacquer applied using both spray guns and brushes

Forms carved to suggest cloth recur in many of his 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.  Tom remembers in church one Lent, as a child, being mystified while gazing at the statues shrouded with purple cloth.

Since childhood, Tom has been curious about and amused by mistaken impressions of reality presented as part of his visual experiences.  One of his earliest recollections, on a car trip, was his perception of the wet, slick highway ahead that turned out to be an illusion, a mirage.  The revelation that he was fooled, visually and intellectually tricked, stuck with him.  This visual deception is now the basis for his creative direction.  “Cloth” carved of wood has much different structural qualities than real cloth. When this idea is applied to Tom’s compositions (floating book, floating cards, floating rock) a sense of the impossible happens – for him, magic.












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