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Wesley Wofford NSS,PSS

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Sculptor Wesley Wofford NSS,PSS
Wesley Wofford

About Wesley Wofford

Emmy and Academy Award winning sculptor Wesley Wofford works from his private studio in the National Forest of North Carolina. Wofford Sculpture Studio LLC, a 2,300 sq. ft. facility, is nestled with his home on a mountaintop in Cashiers. The studio is always filled with sculptures at various stages of completion, the large commissions occupying the same space as the portraits, commissions, gallery pieces, and maquette studies for submissions. He continuously participates in both indoor and outdoor exhibitions throughout the country. Wesley organized a sculpture park within The Village Green near his home, which he is the curator of a Permanent Collection and three Biennial Invitational Exhibitions. Wesley was recently invited to join The Bascom Board of Directors in Highlands, NC, and is curating an Inaugural Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition opening May 2015. He also was awarded Signature Status with The Portrait Society of America in March 2015. He is an elected member of The National Sculpture Society, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and The Portrait Sculptors Society of the Americas. Wesley’s sculpture is recognized on a national and international level with various awards and publications celebrating and featuring his work.
Wesley is originally from a small rural southern town in Georgia and displayed an artistic talent at an early age. He enrolled in Valdosta State University’s BFA Program on a competitive art scholarship, but after several years of study decided to leave and head for Hollywood, California. Infatuated with hyperrealism, Wesley pursued work in the motion picture industry creating realistic people, characters, and animals. His obsession with advanced translucent silicones led him to develop his own formulas and techniques, which in turn catapulted him to the forefront of the makeup effects industry. Wesley has worked on over 75 motion pictures and television shows. His credits include A Beautiful Mind, Hannibal, Batman and Robin, The Rock, and Collateral. He has personally worked with such actors as Robert De Niro, Tom Cruise, Robin Williams, Julia Roberts, Will Smith, Chow Yun-Fat, and Russell Crowe. He has been featured in numerous magazine articles and television coverage and has received many awards, including an Emmy from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences as well as an Academy Award.

In 2002, Wesley became dissatisfied with the medium of film and moved to the mountains of North Carolina with his wife and two children to pursue Fine Art Sculpture full time. He still works on the occasional film to "keep a fresh perspective on both his sculpture and his psyche", but spends most of his time completing both public and private commissions as well as pursuing his own compositions.
Sculptor Wesley Wofford NSS,PSS
Wesley with American Love

Exhibition History of Wesley Wofford

The Artist’s Gaze
“Seeing Women in the Twenty-First Century”
Sirona Fine Art: Hallandale Beach, FL
February 21-March 22, 2015

“Small Works”
Sirona Fine Art: Hallandale Beach, FL
January 17-February 15, 2015

“Miniature and Majestic”
Solo Exhibition
Sirona Fine Art: Hallandale Beach, FL
November 15-January 11, 2014

The National Sculpture Society- 81st Annual Exhibition
Brookgreen Gardens: Pawley’s Island, South Carolina
August 16-November 2, 2014
“Beneath the Surface”
Solo Exhibition
The Bascom: Highlands, NC
May 24-August 17, 2014

The Bascom Instructor’s Exhibition 2014
The Bascom: Highlands, NC
January 18-April 13, 2014

Sculpture for New Orleans
New Orleans, LA
March 2013-March 2015

Nude Night Tampa
Tampa, FL
March 7-9, 2013

West Chelsea Artists Open Studio
New York, NY
May 10-13, 2012

“Modern Figurative”
Spazio 522-Solo Exhibition
Chelsea, NYC
May 3-July 14, 2012

The National Sculpture Society- 76th Annual Exhibition
New York City, NY
February 16-May 29, 2009

Brookgreen Gardens
Pawley’s Island, SC
June 27-August 23, 2009

Stamford Downtown Sculpture Exhibition
“Roam Around”
Stamford, CT
June 2009-September 2009

Asheboro Downtown Sculpture Show
Asheboro, NC
January 2009-January 2010

Sculpture in the Riverwalk
Bradenton, FL
January 2008-January 2009

Exposed-Nudes in Art 2007
Litmus Gallery
Raleigh, NC
November 2007

Portraits-Public and Private
The National Sculpture Society
New York City, NY
March 2003-June 2003

Wesley with The Sacrifice

Artist Statement of Wesley Wofford

“I think the greatest sculpture collections have a variety of styles and mediums as well as subject matter. A well-rounded collection is both aesthetically pleasing and creates an interactive timeline of the evolution of sculptural thought. The collector is stimulated by the contrast of one style to the next and their collection reflects the evolving nature of the word ‘sculpture’. I think a great classically inspired figurative piece becomes all the more emotionally powerful when juxtaposed amongst more contemporary, abstracted pieces. As a result of these thoughts, I have endeavored to create this contrast within one cohesive body of work.”

“With my more classically inspired pieces, I translate the experience of what it is to be a human animal in a secular society—exploring themes that are basic and primal as well as emotionally complex. These compositions contain a deeper emotional content and explore specific feelings and sentiments.”

“My more abstracted figurative pieces speak in a more ‘modern’ voice and engage the viewer to relate to the larger abstraction of the human condition. They also create the contrasting aesthetic dialogue within a collection. They are dynamic and passionate, exploring more bold color and producing a rhythmic movement of form and texture.”

“Furthermore, I think most educated viewers today can ‘timestamp’ a sculpture to within several decades of its creation by referencing a sort of culturally ingrained catalog that chronicles the evolution of sculpture over that last 500 years. I am exploring the concept of obscuring the ‘timestamp’ on my sculpture, so its origins aren’t as transparent to the viewer. By producing and exhibiting alternative finishes on the same sculpture you invariably remove the decade or art movement in which it seemed to be created. This ‘timestamp’ also becomes more ambiguous when these color variations are exhibited alongside the two contrasting styles within the larger body of my work.”

Awards and Prizes of Wesley Wofford

Portrait Society of America’s Member’s Only Competition- 2014
4th Place for a Commissioned Portrait in Sculpture-“Al Balestiere”

Portrait Society of America’s International Portrait Competition- 2014
Exceptional Merit-“Alvin Saunders Johnson”

Portrait Society of America’s Member’s Only Competition- 2013
3rd Place for a Commissioned Portrait in Sculpture-“Chuck Lorre”

Caldwell Arts Council- 2010
25th Annual Sculpture Celebration
Judge’s Merit Award-“The Realization”
Judge-Dr. Lawrence J. Wheeler-Director-North Carolina Museum of Art

The National Sculpture Society- 2009
76th Annual Exhibition Awards
The Beverly Hoyt Robertson Memorial Award for a work by a young sculptor.

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences- 2005
Technical Achievement Award-For the development of a special modified silicone material for makeup appliances used in motion pictures.

Academy of Television Arts and Sciences- 2004-2005
Primetime Emmy Awards
Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Mini-Series, Movie or a Special
“The Life and Death of Peter Sellers”- HBO

Reviews of work by Wesley Wofford

Jeffrey Carlson Reporting
Editor, Fine Art Today

Figurative sculptor Wesley Wofford is committed to capturing the extremes of joy and pain that mark human life.

A solo exhibition for figurative sculptor Wesley Wofford is entering its final weeks. "Beneath the Surface" will remain on view at The Bascom: A Center for Visual Arts in Highlands, North Carolina, through August 17.

"Beneath the Surface" features recent figurative sculptures in bronze, clay, and polyester. The artworks on view act as a tour of humanity`s emotional journey, as the artist reflects on the vicissitudes of life through his work. Wofford`s figures are contorted and distorted, while agonizing or ecstatic expressions give them a powerful draw. For this exhibition, eerie music and low lighting complement the gripping psychological drama that unfolds in Wofford`s sculpture.

Wofford finds profundity and honesty in capturing the range of emotions that define human existence. "The beauty of life is the variety of experiences, and our existence is a struggle, both physically and mentally," writes the artist. "The rhythms of joy and melancholia are what define the human experience. But the pressures of modern society are trying to limit our conversation to focus only on what is positive or socially acceptable. Without the agitations of the soul to contrast them, there are no beautiful experiences. It is the tragedies and struggles that create the radiance of the positive moments, and through these we become more humble and grateful for the splendor that surrounds us."

Wesley Wofford is a member of the National Sculpture Society and the Portrait Society of America. He has received wide recognition for his work, most recently winning an Exceptional Merit Award in the 2014 Portrait Society of America International Portrait Competition.

Jose Villarreal Reporting
Editor, ArtDaily

HIGHLANDS, NC.- The Bascom: A Center for the Visual Arts is presenting the vision of Wesley Wofford as seen through the sculptures of his solo exhibition: ‘Beneath the Surface’. Sallie Taylor, Director of Exhibitions, states “Following in historical tradition, Wesley Wofford uses the human figure to consider emotional issues that, for the most part are either polarized in the public media, medicated to dullness, or ‘swept under the carpet’. This exhibition is presented in a powerful quietness that is certain to move a response from the viewer.” The show stresses the need for balance within our psyches, and confronts the notion that we are to be ‘forever happy and occupied’. It features twelve figurative works in various mediums and finishes from bronze to polyester to bonded marble. The centerpiece is the tragic piece, ‘The Sacrifice’, an 8-foot monumental sculpture that took a year and a half to complete. Wofford states “This sculpture is a reflection of how the decisions we make in modern society can affect the future and sometimes even the lives of children. The sculpture applies to many modern day issues, and war, poverty, predators, abuse, child labor, abortion, climate change, and national deficit, are just a few examples. But as I was working on the piece and contemplating all of the different culturally ingrained aspects of modern society that potentially have a negative impact on children, there were multiple school shootings across America. This affected me deeply, and definitely permeated into the composition.” In the sculpture, the oversized hand is a metaphor for an alter, but also represents us-the adults-and our decisions, many of which aren’t even choices but are just accepted as part of modern life, with the long term consequences never really being considered. Upon entering the exhibition, the viewer is instantly emotionally engaged by the colossal piece across the black infinity pool that is centered in the room. Dramatic lighting and ethereal music, which is barely audible at points and rises to a crescendo, creates a compelling atmosphere of quiet contemplation. The varying patinas and finishes compliment one another and visually moves the viewer through the room to encounter the centerpiece on a more intimate level. One work, “American Love”, displayed in clay because there was not time to go through the molding and casting processes, was a last minute addition to the show. It is a guttural reaction by the Sculptor as a result of the multiple school shootings that occurred while working on the monumental ‘Sacrifice’ piece. “This piece reflects my anger towards the gun culture in America, and the fact that it has literally become a part of us”, Wofford says. Another work, “Contemporary Struggle”, explores the evolution of sculpture and how abstraction and non- representation are built on the foundations of the figurative tradition but are now threatening the relevance of figurative sculpture in the modern art scene. “Generation X”, an abstracted figure embracing a smartphone, speaks of how during the course of our lives smart phones and computers have become intrinsic to society. And “Surrender” confronts the vilification of nudity in American sculpture, which is widely accepted in public in European art but has never really been accepted in the United States. Wesley Wofford is a classically inspired figurative artist with a contemporary edge that produces sculpture that speaks in an enduring yet modern voice. His sculptural style enlivens the surfaces with rhythm and textures that emphasizes the sculptor’s presence. Wofford presents his figures in two modes of expression: one very classically inspired and the other more contemporary and abstracted. The ‘modern’ works are more loose and dynamic, often presented with more bold colors and materials, creating a contrasting aesthetic dialogue within a collection. The juxtaposition of the two contrasting styles invites the viewers to relate very old ideas to their own lives, and to realize that a lot of the issues of humankind are timeless, but there are also many new issues that are specific to living in the 21st Century.

American Art Collector
November 2014

Wofford’s large- and monument-size bronzes often feature struggling, or pained figures in agonizing depictions of turmoil, or perhaps rebirth. In Yin/Yang, male and female, black and white, swoop against each other in arched repose. His theme is rendered literally in Contemporary Struggle, featuring a male figure crouched underneath a massive abstract convergence of metal and mass. Timothy Smith, gallery director at Sirona Fine Art, says Wofford’s works are complexly rendered and evoke large ideas. “When artists pursue the task of working in a realistic or representational matter, it can be a challenge to capture the veracity of the real world, while at the same time creating interesting images, all without losing the personal thumbprint of
the artist,” Smith says. “Wesley Wofford’s personality and hand are visibly present in the surface textures and compositional displays of his complex, thoughtful bronzes. Wofford produces grand themes alongside portraits, animals and figures infused with his own distinctive energy, form and surface. Wofford is one of the most genuine artists I have worked with, his sincerity and intent of purpose visible in all aspects of his sculpture.”

Public Works of Wesley Wofford

Clemson University- Clemson, SC
Columbus State University- Columbus, GA
Nebraska State Capitol- Lincoln, NE
The University of Georgia-School of Veterinary Medicine- Athens, GA
The Southern Highlands Reserve- Lake Toxaway, NC
Emmy Hall of Fame- North Hollywood, CA
The University of Nebraska- Lincoln, NE
Sculpture for New Orleans- New Orleans, LA
Intercontinental Hotels Group Corporate Headquarters- Atlanta, GA
Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce- Lone Pine, CA
Holiday Inn- Multiple Locations Nationwide
Holiday Inn Club Vacations- Kissimmee, FL
The Village Green- Cashiers, NC
Kemmons Wilson, Inc.- Memphis, TN
Summit Charter School- Cashiers, NC
Wake Forest-Rolesville High School- Wake Forest, NC
Frontier Motel- Lone Pine, CA
Dawghouse Grill- Savannah, GA

Publications / Media / Bibliography of Wesley Wofford

The Laurel- August, 2015
“Carving His Niche”
Story By: Donna Rhodes

The Art of the Portrait- August, 2015
“Conference Review 2015”
Wesley Wofford Receives Signature Status

Fine Art Connoisseur- July, 2015
“Sirona Summer”
Story By: Jeffrey Carlson

Fine Art Connoisseur- February 19, 2015
“Revisiting the Gaze”
Story By: Jeffrey Carlson
Fine Art Today- November 20, 2014
“Large or Small, A Strong Presence”
Story By: Jeffrey Carlson

American Art Collector- October 2014
“Looking out, Looking in”

ArtDaily- October 29, 2014
“Solo exhibition by figurative sculptor Wesley Wofford Opens at The Bascom”

Fine Art Connoisseur- August 14, 2014
“Coming Soon: National Sculpture Society Awards Exhibition”
Story By: Jeffrey Carlson
Fine Art Today- August 7, 2014
“Last Chance: Dramatic Figures by Wesley Wofford”
Story By: Jeffrey Carlson

Legacy- August 2014
“Beneath the Surface”- Cashiers Artist Inspires Emotion Through his Art
Story by: Lily Knoepp

International Artist Magazine- August/September 2014
“16th Annual Award Winners Showcase”
Story by: Krystle Stricklin

Cashiers Chronicle- May 21, 2014
“Wofford Exhibition at The Bascom”
Sculpture Review- Spring 2014
Story by: Lois Swirnoff
Cashiers Chronicle- August 28, 2013
“See Balestiere sculpture in the making on Labor Day at the Village Green”
Story by: Kelly Donaldson

World Herald Bureau, Lincoln, Nebraska- August 2013
“N.C. sculptor will make bust for the Hall of Fame”
Story by: David Hendee

The Highlander- May 30, 2013
“Wofford to lead sculpture workshop at Bascom”

American Art Collector- July 2012
“Finding the Form-Collecting Sculpture”

WNC Magazine- March/April 2011
“Last Page”
Story by: Anna Rice

Sculpture Review- Fall 2009
“To the Movies and Back: A Sculptor’s Education”
Story by: Jodie A. Shull

Artsync Magazine- March 2009
Cover Contest-Runner Up

Teaching Experience

The Nude Figure-From Clay to Bonded Bronze
Instructor: Wesley Wofford
June 11th-21st, 2013
The Bascom- Highlands, NC

Capturing a Portrait Likeness in Clay
Instructor: Wesley Wofford
July 21st-25th, 2014
The Bascom- Highlands, NC

Sculpting the Male Nude
Instructor: Wesley Wofford
July 28th- August 1st, 2014
The Bascom- Highlands, NC

Anatomy Studies in Clay

Instructor: Wesley Wofford
September 14th-18
th, 2015
The Bascom- Highlands, NC

Price Range of Work

Wesley Wofford's work has a price range from £3,180 to £88,748

Mediums utilised

Wesley Wofford's work is found in the following materials:

Artwork Categorised

Wesley Wofford's work is found in the following categories on site:
Interior, Indoors, Inside Sculpture (7)
Indoor figurative sculpture (7)
Male Men Youths Masculine Statues Sculptures statuettes figurines (6)
Human Figurative Sculptures (5)
Nudes / Male Sculpture (5)
Sensual Sculptures or Statues (4)
Nudes, Female Sculptures (4)
Females Women Girls Ladies Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines (4)
Couples or Group Sculptures (3)
Tabletop Desktop Small Indoor Statuettes Figurines Sculptures (3)
Torsos Sculptures or Chests of Men and Women Females Girls Children Statues statuery statuettes (3)
Outsize, Very Big, Extra Large and Massive Sculptures (3)
Meditation sculpture / Statues / statuettes / figurines (3)
Commemoratives and Memorials Sculptures (2)
Restful Sleeping Dozing Day Dreaming sculpture statue (2)
Small / Little Figurative sculpture / statuette / statuary / ornament / figurine (2)
High Relief or Haute Relief Carving Sculpture Wall Panel casting in Bronze / Copper (2)
Calm Love and Affection Sculptures or Statues (2)
Dogs Sculpture (2)
Wild Animals and Wild Life Sculptures (2)
Portrait Sculptures / Commission or Bespoke or Customised Sculptures (2)
Monumental Sculptures (2)
Wall Mounted or Wall Hanging sculpture (2)
Stylized People Sculptures (2)
American Animal Bird Reptile and Fish Sculptures, Statues, statuettes, figurines (2)
Animal Birds Fish Busts or Heads or Masks or Trophies For Sale or Commission (2)
Nude or Naked Couples or Lovers (2)
Domestic Animal Sculpture (2)
Torsos Chests Females / Women / Girls / Damsels Sculptures Statues statuary (2)
Pet and Animal Portrait Custom or Bespoke or Commission Commemorative or Memoriaql sculpture statue (2)
Children Child Babies Infants Toddlers Kids Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines (2)
Contemplative, Restful, Thougtful Sculptures (2)
Variety of Emotional feelings depicted in Sculptures
Bas Reliefs or Low Reliefs
Figurative Abstract Modern or Contemporary Sculptures Statues statuary statuettes figurines
Figurative Public Art Sculptures
Cats Wild and Big Cats Sculpture
Bears Sculptures
Anatomy, Hands and Feet and other human parts of the body Sculptures
Deer Sculptures
Busts and Heads Sculptures Statues statuettes Commissions Bespoke Custom Portrait Memorial Commemorative sculpture or statue
Birds of Prey / Raptors Sculptures
Field Sports, Game Birds and Game Animals Sculptures
Small Animal Sculptures
Indoor Inside Interior Abstract Contemporary Modern Sculpture / statue / statuette / figurine
Humorous Witty Amusing Lighthearted Fun Jolly Whimsical Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines
Sensuous Sexy Erotic (Nude Naked Girls Females Women Ladies)
Asian Animals Reptiles Insects or Birds Sculptures or Statues
Plaques, Medals, Medalions, Coins, Tokens, Commemorative Customised Commission or Bespoke
Baby Infant Young Child statue sculpture statuette
Children Playing Sculptures or Statues or statuettes
Mounted Heads, Masks, Wall Mounted Busts of Animals
Flamboyant Colourful Exuberant Exotic Gaudy Gorgeous Decorative Vivid Brightly Coloured Spectacular Sculptures
Round Disk, Dish, Flat Circular Ring Shaped Sculptures / Statues statuette statuary
Proud of Pride In Self Confidence sculpture statue statuette
Big Large Birds Sculptures Statues
Commission and Custom and Bespoke sculpture Statues
Animal and Human Love sculpture or Statues
Gods or Goddess, or Deity Sculptures
Reserved Reticent Aloof Withdrawn Introspective Calm sculpture statue statuette
Wild Bird Sculptures
Love / Affection Sculpture
Animal Memento happy Reminder sculpture statue statuette


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