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"Colorado Artist J Christopher White
in 2010 World Class Sculpting Competition
in 2009 World Class Sculpting Competition
artist and wood sculptor J Christopher White recently returned from
Ocean City, Maryland after being awarded second place in the 40th
Annual Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition, the largest
bird carving competition in the world. The artist’s wood sculpture
left) captured second place in the top category, world
class division, for interpretive wood sculpture. The 18" high sculpture
montage of movements created to capture some of the grace and daring
seen in the spectacular courtship dance of one of North America's most
striking birds, the Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher. The male bird flies to a
height of 100 feet and does a series of "V" dives. The dance is
culminated by the male hovering 3 ft off the ground for 15-20 seconds.
The birds and movement are carved out of a single piece of pure bird's
eye Mesquite burl, and mounted on a rich piece of West Texas juniper.
The artist won first
place in the same competition in 2009 with
"Family Circle" (pictured
rgjht) The sculpture,
depicting five barn swallows in flight, was carved from West Texas
juniper and mounted on a mesquite base. Both of these woods are
harvested by the artist in the canyon lands of West Texas and the age of
the wood often measures in the millennia. The 18" deep, 18" wide and
34” high sculpture was on display
for one year at the Ward Museum – Salisbury University in Salisbury
Maryland. The museum boasts of having the most extensive collection of
carved birds in the world.
This is the artists second first place
award at this show. In 2006 he won with his sculpture,
including western art, fish carvings, bird carvings and wood sculpture
accompanied by unique poetry from Christian artist J. Christopher White.
White is fast becoming one of the foremost wood sculpture artists of our
time. His diversity of subject matter places him in a category all of
his own, wood carvings of western art, bird sculptures, fish sculptures,
Christian art, human forms and abstract, are all easily recognized as
being White's "signature style". Wood sculpture is a unique form
of sculpture in this world of mass production. Single, one of a kind
sculptures, do not produce much secondary income in proportion to the effort
put forth and in comparison to other reproducible medias. Chris White's
wood sculpture becomes Christian art not by virtue of the subject matter but
with the addition of Christian poetry written particularly for each piece.
White's unique style transforms a western art subject such as a horse into a
vehicle to communicate God's love and forgiveness. Wood carvings
combined with poetry, a unique medium by a unique individual. The
intricate wood carvings that J Christopher White transforms into world class
wood sculpture combined with the moving poetry are sure to make browsing
this web site a very memorable experience.