Exhibitions - Willard Wigan MBE - UK Tour
22nd November 2007 - 1st December 2007
Willard Wigan's debut UK Tour comes to Grayshott, Surrey. A range of work by the micro-sculptor whose unique pieces are smaller than the full stop at the end of this sentence .
GalleryOne have successfully negotiated with David Lloyd to host a public exhibition of the work of the micro-sculpture artist, Willard Wigan MBE as a part of his debut UK Tour. Former Davis Cup captain David Lloyd, purchased Willard’s remaining 70 piece collection in May this year, which was subsequently valued by Lloyds Insurers for £11.2 m.
The exhibition will comprise of 35 incredible pieces from the collection, which will be housed in newly created casing frames, complete with microscopes to view the work. This exhibition will launch Willard’s exclusive limited edition photographic prints of the micro-sculptures, photographed by Richard Battye, which will be available for sale. A small number of the micro-sculptures are also now available and commissions can be considered. The gallery is hoping to secure within the forthcoming exhibition the Lloyds of London building created on a pin head. The piece, which is made from white gold and platinum, was bought earlier this year for £94,000 at auction.
Born in 1957 in Birmingham, Willard Wigan suffered from dyslexia and learning difficulties, he struggled at school and found solace in creating art of such minute proportions it couldn’t be seen with the naked eye and therefore couldn’t be criticised. “It really began when I was just five years old,” says Willard. “I started making houses for ants because I thought they needed somewhere to live. Then I made them shoes and hats. It was a fantasy world I escaped to where my dyslexia didn’t hold me back and my teachers couldn’t criticise me. And that’s how my career as a micro-sculptor began.” From that day to this, Willard’s celebrated micro-sculptures have become more and more minute so that they are only visible through a microscope – some are only three times the size of a blood cell. Each piece commonly sits within the eye of a needle, or on a pin head.
Some of the most renowned pieces in the Willard Wigan collection, are Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Cassius Clay and Sonny Liston, and Yellow Brick Road: The Wizard of Oz. Willard Wigan’s work has been described as “the eighth wonder of the world” and in June this year he received his MBE for services to art.
Unsurprisingly his life is also attracting significant attention from the literary and film industries alike, each eager to secure Willard’s life story.
Below is a selection of the art from the exhibition. Click on an image to view a larger version.