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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

Thomas Wargin

Thomas Wargin




The work in its entirety represents who I am, my interests, abilities and what lies beneath my sub-conscious mind. My goal is to engage the viewer and stimulate the mind as well as their visual senses. I want the viewer to go to a place that they can only dream of or hope to be part of. I sometimes am intrigued with childhood stories and interpret these stories in a fashion that captures my viewer and stirs them into a new way of looking at the story.
The technique I use to create my work is a blend of old and new practices. I begin with sketches, which evolve into clay or carved 3- dimensional forms. Using various molding techniques, resin models are created, which are then hand packed into flasks with casting sand, ready for the casting process. In my foundry, I melt aluminum and bronze and watch as the molten metal burns new life into the molds. After cooling, parts are assembled for rough fit and positioning. Meticulously, I either weld or drill, tap and screw every component together to check for form, fit, and overall composition. Some pieces are disassembled again to be taken through phases of polishing or sandblasting. I complete the desired finish through high polish buffing or patination. Some of my art adds a diverse mixture of materials both raw and man made such as: various woods, stone, glass, or even original drawings. With the combination of these materials my goal is to compliment not compete in the composition and make it more inviting. These types of processes and materials allow me and my work to be spontaneous. It also assures each piece to be an original.
My goal is to create a unique art form that shares a seamless integration between the world around me and the human spirit. All the work is the growth of my interests, skills and imagination. I personally accomplish every task in the creation of my work. I feel it harnesses the energy and creativity of my soul.












''My sculpture represents a diverse array of skillsets and ideas. I am not fixed upon a certain style nor do I cater to trends. I simply let my imagination and visual perception create my work. I am an ideas man, sort of an artist-inventor.

I want to create work that is unlike what I have seen before. I am trying go the opposite way and am driven by what my mind will come up with next.

I have fixation over process and how things are made. I have a passion for engineering yet my true love is for the fine art and design. I am a thinker and my optimism lets me forsee beyond that which has already been seen. Enjoy.''






Awards

2008 3rd Place Sculpture
Disney Festival of the Masters

2008 First Place Sculpture
Lake Mary Art Fair

2008 Jurors Choice Award
Kansas City Plaza Art Fair

2008 Best in Show 3-D
Brookside art Festival

2008 2nd Place Sculpture
Coconut Grove Arts Festival

2007 Best in Sculpture
Disney Festival of the Masters

2007 Best in Show
Brookside Art Festival

2007 Best in Show
Boca Raton Museum of Art : Art Festival

2006 Best in Show
Historic Shaw Show

2006 Best in Show
Uptown Art Fair

2006 First Place Overall
Kohler Art Fair

2006 Best in Show
Madison Art Fair on the Square

2006 Best in Show
Highland Park Festival of Fine Craft

2006 Award of Excellence
Steven's Point Festival of the Master's

2005 Best in Show
The Peoria Art Fair

2005 Best in Sculpture
Rockford Art Museum Art festival

2005 Best in Sculpture
Art at the Glen

2006 Invited Artist
Highland Park Craft Festival

2005 Best of Show
Stevens Point Art Festival
Stevens Point

2005 Award of Distinction
Winterpark Art Festival
Winterpark, Florida

2004 1st Place Sculpture
Geenwhich Village Art Fair
Rockford, Illinois

2004 2nd Place Overall
West Bloomfield Fine Arts Festival
West Bloomfield, Michigan

2004 Best of Show
31st Annual Festival of the Arts
Stevens Point, Wisconsin

2003 Best of Show
Greenwich Village Art Fair
Rockford, Illinois

2003 Best of Show
Port Clinton Art Festival
Highland Park, Illinois

2003 1st Place 3D Non-Functional
Gold Coast Art Fair
Chicago, Illinois

2003 Honorable Mention 3D Non-Functional
Cantigny Sculpture and Fine Arts Festival
Wheaton, Illinois

2003 1st Place Sculpture
Art on the Square
Bellville, Illinois

2002 1st Place 3D Non-Functional
Lincolnshire Fine Art Festival
Lincolnshire, Illinois

2002 1st Place Sculpture
Cantigny Sculpture and Fine Arts Festival
Wheaton, Illinois

2002 1st Place Sculpture
Art on the Square
Bellville, Illinois





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