York PA-based Clifton Santiago is known for his wood sculpture, but has worked in all materials. Works - are in private collections across North America .
Qualifications and Experience
SHOWN IN SEVERAL GALLERIES IN WASHINGTON DC
I no longer list each gallery and show.
SHOWN IN MULTIPLE GALLERIES IN MD AND PA
After so many years , listing shows is not important to me. I feel the work stands on its own, rather than being verified by others.
GRADUATE LEVEL STUDIES
Attended Towson University on the GI bill to develop wide range of proficency with many materials.
for several years I have taught carving at Common Ground On The Hill in Westminster MD.
I enjoy interacting with students as well as the other artist and musicians who attend.
"Finding Nature" in Creative York's lab.
Clifton Santiago created an inviroment bringing the outdoors in during the winter. Other artists works were displayed in a manner to create a search. Smell and sound of crunching leaves underfoot complete the experience.
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Clifton Santiago Sculptor Profile
As a lifelong artist, Clifton Santiago is always looking for the next opportunity to translate his life experiences into artistic expressions. Starting with welding steel in1969 then stone, paper, ceramics, plastics, other metals, and wood. Always learning new techniques and materials.
Spending time in New Hope PA in the early 1970s being exposed to George Nakashima's wood working and philosophy of wood influenced my appreciation for the soul of wood.
A very diverse background, experience in landscape design, naval aviation, psychology at the university level and sculpture.
I am very thankful to the private individuals who have purchased my work over the years. Each one has shared with me how much they relate to the work and how it assumes an important part of their life.
Construction of Reflections
The time from start to finish for this work was more than a year. First the concept, then the search for the right mirror. I do not count the search time in considering construction time.
LAMINATE WALNUT SLABS AND START CARVING
casting already completed, size to match
START TO MATCH POLYESTER CAST TO WOOD
LOTS OF CLAMPS USED
at this stage, still did not have the correct mirror
FINDING THE RIGHT MIRROR
Many stopes in antique shops and thrift stores, finally found the right one.( a couple of years)
ADDING THE FRONT
To laminate wood the grain should run parallel. These connections contain dowels and screws to make a permanent connection since wood runs at 90%
EACH CURVED PIECE STARTS AS SQUARE STOCK
since the wardrobe is old with many open joints the sculpted part will have some similar joints.
START TO WORK OUT ATTACHMENT
many many times dry fitting parts
After a lot of sanding and an oil finish