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About Melanie WilksMelanie Wilks is a sculptor who specializes in the carving of stone. Following a foundation course in Art and Design at Jacob Kramer College, Leeds, Melanie studied for her BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art at Portsmouth University and later her MA in Fine Art (sculpture) at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has been a professional artist for more than 20 years.
Melanie`s sculpture is representational in style. She works from the human figure, but will use other imagery (sometimes animal imagery) to communicate what she wants to say about the human condition.
As an experienced stone carver, Melanie has completed many public commissions, these larger-than-life-size stone carved sculptures are permanently sited in a number of locations in Yorkshire.
Exhibition History of Melanie WilksMelanie Wilks`s Exhibitions
2012 Dewsbury Arts Group Spring Exhibition, Dewsbury Museum Gallery.
2010 The Art Show, Great Yorkshire Show.
2005 Sculpture permanantly sited in the grounds of Bruntcliffe Business College.
2002-06 Temporary exhibition of sculpture, Bruntcliffe Specialist Business College.
1996 Clearbeck Arts, Clearbeck House, Lancaster.
1995 Arts and Craft Movement, Leeds.
1992 Artlink, Stockport City Art Gallery.
1992 M.A. show Morley Art Gallery, London.
1991 `Fresh art`, Business Design Centre, London
1991 `New Waves: Changing Depths`, Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool.
1991 `Fresh` Exhibtion, Stockport City ART gallery.
1991 Art on Loan Central Manchester Develpment Corporation.
1990 Whitechapel Open Studios, Paragon Centre, London.
1990 Square Gallery Highgate, London.
1989 Square Gallery, Highgate, London.
Artist Statement of Melanie WilksMelanie wilks`s Personal Statement
"I am a sculptor specializing in the carving of stone"
As stone is a natural substance with its own individual characteristics, I work intuitively with it so that if the nature of the stone suggests a change of direction, I am free to respond. In preparation for commissions I make sketches. I use the sketches as a guide for my finished sculpture which is never an exact copy of the initial drawings. I take myself and my clients on a journey of discovery with the final sculpture being a true revelation. Not until the sculpture is in situ does it finally come to life!.
Public Works of Melanie WilksMelanie Wilks`s public works
2012 `The Handshake`, Sandstone. Woodlesford and Oulton Action Group. Leeds Parks and Countryside.
2011 Animal Memorial, sandstone. Dartmouth Park. Morley Murals Committee.
2010 Animal Relief`s, Sandstone, Tinshill Garth, Groundwork Trust.
2009 Ernie Wise, York Stone, Morley Murals Committee.
2009 Coalface worker/Driller, York Stone, Lofthouse Residents.
2008 `Spring` Stone sculpture Skelton Grange Centre, Skelton Grange Environment Centre.
2007 The Miner, Woodkirk sandstone, for Morley Town Hall, Morley Murals Committee
2007 `Water Nymph` for Churwell park, sandstone, Churwell Action Group
2007 `Newby People` Woodkirk sandstone, Newby Primary School
2007 The Weaver, Woodkirk sandstone, for Morley Town Hall, Morley Murals Committee
2006 3 x sculptures, seven figures, Gamble Hill, Groundwork Trust
2006 Relief carved bats, Houghley Gill, Bramley, Friends of Houghley Gill
2006 Limestone memorial Sculpture, Roundhay High School, Leeds
2005 5 x Relief carvings, lettering in Urdu, Bradford, Groundwork/Bradford Trident
2004 5 x Sandstone Sculptures, Springmill St, bradford, Groundwork/Bradford Trident
2003 4 x Fire Station themed sculptures, Micklefield, Groundwork Trust
2002 Carved Logo and Waymarkings, Oulton, Rothwell Footpath Group
2002 Carved Heraldic Shield and lettering Byrum Cum Sutton Parish Council
2001 8 x Sculptures and lettering, Rosebank, Burley, Leeds Groundwork Trust
1999 3 x Reliefs with lettering, entrances to village, Micklefield Groundwork Trust
1997 Relief Logo and lettering, Aire and Calder navigation, British Waterways
1997 8 x sculptures, Stone Circle, Thwaite Mills, Stourton Groundwork Trust
1996 8 x Carved Milestones, Trans Pennine Trail, Leeds City Council
1996 4 x Sculptures, Robin Hood and Rothwell Cycle Route Groundwork Trust.
Qualifications / Education of Melanie WilksMelanie Wilks`s Education
1990-1991 M.A. Fine Art Manchester Metropolitan University
1985-1988 B.A. (Hons.) Fine Art Portsmouth University
1984-1985 Foundation Course in Art and Design Jacob Kramer College, Leeds.
Teaching ExperienceMelanie Wilks`s Teaching
Workshops and Tuition
2008 Sculpture workshop, Young Persons Environment Group, Skelton Grange Environment Centre Leeds
2007 Nativity Scene workshop, Morley Town Hall Primary School Pupils
2002-06 Artist in Residence Bruntcliffe High School, Morley, Leeds
2006 Sculpture workshops Drighlington Primary
2006 IVS Volunteers, Sculpture workshops Moley Town Councillors
2006 Sculpture Workshop, year 6 Gildersome Primary School
2006 Willow weaving and Sculpture workshops, year 5 Churwell Primary
2005 Series of sculpture workshops with Bruntcliffe School partner primaries
2000 Stone carving for 6-7 year olds, Drighlington infant School
2000 Stone carving at Rothwell Country Park for 6-7 year olds, Rothwell Country Park
1999 Stone carving workshops for Groundwork volunteers, Groundwork Trust
1999 Stone carving workshop for women`s group, Groundwork Trust
1999 Stone carving workshops for adults with learning difficulties, Groundwork Trust
Lecturer at Joseph Priestly College
2003-2005 Lecturer in further education. Delivered courses in; stone and wood sculpture, water colour painting and calligraphy.
Influences / Inspiration of Melanie WilksGislebertus.
Price Range of WorkMelanie Wilks's work has a price range from £834 to £6,667
Mediums utilisedMelanie Wilks's work is found in the following materials:
Maltese Limestone Maltese Limstone Sandstone
Artwork CategorisedMelanie Wilks's work is found in the following categories on site:
Nudes / Male Sculpture (4)
Garden Or Yard / Outside and Outdoor Sculptures (4)
Carved Stone, Marble, Alabaster, Soap Stone Granite Lime stone (3)
Male Men Youths Masculine Statues Sculptures statuettes figurines (3)
Human Form: Abstract Sculptures (2)
Animal Abstract Contemporary Modern Stylised Minimalist Sculptures (2)
Angel Sculptures (2)
Abstract Contemporary Modern Outdoor Outside Garden / Yard Sculptures Statues statuary (2)
Mythical Sculptures (2)
Public Art Sculpture
Sculptures of Sport in General
Torsos Sculptures or Chests of Men and Women Females Girls Children Statues statuery statuettes
Stylized People Sculptures
Shells Sculptures including Land and Sea and Freshwater Shells Fossil Shells
Nudes, Female Sculptures
Icarus Sculptures Statues statuettes
Females Women Girls Ladies Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines
Anatomy, Hands and Feet and other human parts of the body Sculptures
Indoor Inside Interior Abstract Contemporary Modern Sculpture / statue / statuette / figurine
Figurative Abstract Modern or Contemporary Sculptures Statues statuary statuettes figurines
Animals and Humans Sculptures, Statues and Statuettes
Outsize, Very Big, Extra Large and Massive Sculptures
Interior, Indoors, Inside Sculpture
Indoor figurative sculpture
Human Figurative Sculptures
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