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Inspirational Artists- Clive Maddison

In the world of wire tree sculptures there are only really a few styles, realistic and stylised (think Ken To!). To make a tree out of wire that looks like a tree is relatively simple (not to say it does’t take a lot of skill to do) but to make it look exactly like a species of tree whether it be Oak, Cork, Scots Pine, can only be done by a very talented artist. The artist I am talking about is Clive Maddison.

Clive’s tree are outstanding representations of real world tree species and made out of only wire. A lot of his work is based on beautiful pieces of wood which display the tree well. Like myself I suspect Clive realises the beauty juxtaposition of a wire tree on a wood base. To really understand all this fanboyism you have to visit his website and drool over his outstanding work. Based in the UK, Clive is an artist of many levels with other areas of his website including model ship building, violin making, poem writing and more. He displays his tree sculptures in variety of shops and galleries in the UK.

Clive’s work is stunning, inspirational and I am a massive fan. When I first saw his art my mind was blown and it still is every time I look at his art.

Image belongs to Clive Maddison.

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Inspirational Artists- Ken To

Although there are only a hand full of artists on this planet making wire tree sculptures, the ones who exist are truly amazing. Being a bonsai enthusiast it was only a matter of time before I would come across the work of Ken To ( and his amazing bonsai trees. Ken’s style is unique, these beautiful little sculptures are made from his studio in California in the US. His trees exhibit careful execution of bonsai styling while remaining very small. Some of his more interesting pieces include trees in baubles, group displays on small rocks and even one tree smaller than a thumbnail! Ken enjoys using coloured wires to create his trees and uses them for contrast and to represent parts of the trees like shari and jin (deadwood). He has a expert understand of bonsai styles and forms which shows though in his art, from informal upright, cascade, groups and on rock designs to name just a few.

I have a lot of respect for Ken and his work, he is inspirational to me. Ken if you read this, thanks for being great!

If you are looking for small bonsai style wire tree sculptures from an experienced artisan, I would highly recommend visiting Ken’s website or Facebook.

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