Friday, March 20, 2009

Sculptor Matt Clark Gives Inspiring Presentation at St. George Art Museum

Gene Butera, Matt Clark, and Roland Lee at the St. George Art Museum

Above: Photographer/artist Gene Butera, watercolorist Roland Lee, and sculptor Matt Clark after Matt's talk at the St. George Art Museum

Sculptor Matt Clark gave an inspiring presentation at the St. George Art Museum Thursday Night. He showed how he creates welded metal sculpures from both found objects and formed steel. I have the privilege of owning one of his gorgeous pieces and love looking at its fluid lines and elegant form. Matt set out to become a rodeo cowboy but his life changed dramatically when he was paralyzed by an accident in his teens. After years of difficult therapy he regained use of his arms and upper body. He renewed his interest in welding and adapted his tools so he could work from his wheelchair. At first he created whimsical creatures with found objects but after discovering Henry Moore, his focus changed and his work developed into a fine art. He has participated in many shows and has received multiple awards for his work.

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