by Michael Thacker


DIMENSIONS: 58.42 cm high (23 inches)
MEDIUM: Ancaster Weatherbed Limestone & Gold Leaf



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    Flourish illustrates Thacker’s investigations into using light. Using the simple act of gilding to reflect or accentuate light to create a glow that exudes from the centre of the stone illuminating an otherwise shadowed area.

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    Michael Thacker MRBS is a stone mason who works full time at Lincoln Cathedral, he is also a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. The professional skills that he has acquired over the years have given him a deep knowledge and affinity of the technical side of the stone that he works so beautifully with. The architectural influence of his working environment is apparent in his beautiful geometric sculptures, the principles of devices such as pediments and archways shine through.

    Michael also uses natural forms as one of his primary references, seedpods, shells, fossils and plant buds. The idea that a form develops and grows from within a hard casing to burst forth and reveal a new appearance is paramount to his thought process. Unbalancing the original and juxtaposing taut polished geometric forms against roughly textured organic shapes that emerge from within.

    His recent work illustrates his investigations into using light. Using the simple act of gilding to reflect or accentuate light to create a glow that exudes from the centre of the stone illuminating an otherwise shadowed area.

    Michael studied Fine Art (Sculpture) at Loughborough University and graduated in 1999. After that he went on to study stone-masonry at York College, where he was awarded the S & J Whitehead award for stone masonry, he was also selected by the college to represent them at the National Skills Show at the Birmingham NEC. Since then Michael has been employed by Lincoln Cathedral as a Stone Mason and Stone Carver. He was awarded Associate membership of the Royal British Society of Sculptors in 2003.

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