Direct Metal Sculpture.

Direct Metal Sculpture: Using basic welding skills and the honed talents of a skilled craftsman, Bob Mackie uses sheet metals, scraps and welding rods to create sculptures that range from whimsical figurines such as his “Don Quixote” or “Woman Flying a Kite” to poignant representations such as “Icarus” or “Rastafarian.” In the artist’s hands, rigid metal and inflexible rods are transformed into galloping horses with flowing manes that dance in the wind. Click on images below for a larger view.

Cloisonné Work

Cloisonné is an ancient method for decorating metal, used for making jewelry and adorning weapons and vessels with geometric or schematic designs. This adaption of the ancient process by artist Bob Mackie involves creating complex images by forming compartments (cloisons in French) on a metal background using silver or gold colored wires. These wire dividers remain visible in the finished piece, separating the different compartments that are then filled with brilliantly colored liquid enamel. The result is colorful, intricate one-of-a-kind works of art. Click on images below for a larger view.

Painting and Other Formats

Paintings: A diversity of styles, materials and techniques are the hallmark of Bob Mackie’s paintings. From realistic tropical landscapes, to abstract paint and paper collages, Bob has shown his ability to master any media that he explores. The artist works in watercolor, inks, dyes, acrylics, and a variety of mixed media, creating paintings that are as diverse as his talents. Click on images below for a larger view.