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Three tree heads

Date made: 1981-1982

Artist: Gilbert, David

Description: Three tree heads sculpture by David Gilbert (1928-2016), carved in the Isle of Man from rough-hewn trunks of yew.

"The desire to carve over life-size heads originated in a moment of experiencing the extraordinary presence of Picasso’s beautiful and monumental 'Head for Apollinaire' in the churchyard of St Germain des Prés in Paris." (David Gilbert, artist, 1989.)

David Gilbert was an artist who passionately believed everyone could be creative and helped many to discover their own creativity. This thread ran throughout his artistic life and in particular, during the time that he lived in the Isle of Man during the 1970s and 1980s. He dedicated an immense amount of his time to creating large works of art but also taught at the island’s college and on his farm, as well as working with the local Manx art community. In all these ventures, David Gilbert was a person who inspired others to be creative.

In 1989 he was commissioned to design the distinctive and iconic set of images around the top of the extension of the Manx Museum, vividly illustrating the history and culture of the Isle of Man for all to see.

Measurements: overall: 71 cm x 31 cm x 29 cm

Materials: wood: yew

Object name: sculpture

Collection: Art Collection

ID number: 1990-0233

Subject tags : #artgallerywall


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