Friday, 26 June 2015

Wolfgang Stocker: Creation and Balance

The artist Wolfgang Stocker (l) and myself (r)

If one is master of one thing and understands one thing well, one has at the same time, insight into and understanding of many things.  - Vincent Van Gogh


There is a certain point of unity within the self, and between the self and its world, a certain complicity and magnetic mating, a certain harmony that conscious mind and will cannot direct . . . swifter, subtler, deeper, more accurate, more in touch with reality than command by conscious mind. The discovery takes one's breath away. - Michael Novak


artworks courtesy of
- Wolfgang Stocker

Yesterday evening was spent in the presence of Wolfgang Stocker who explained to me his working methods and his ideas. The two quotes highlighted above neatly sum up his artistic philosophy better than any words of mine can do. 

Wolfgang Stocker works with a plethora of materials including paint, charcoal, wood, ceramic, granite, marble, bronze, wire, steel, polystyrene . . . the list seems endless.  He showed me stones and rocks collected from quarries, fields and riverbeds awaiting the attention of his drills and chisels. 

Here is a creative man at ease with the implements and tools and the raw materials of his trade; a dedicated artist blessed with finely honed intelligence, deep perception and limitless vision. 

And all in balance. 


  1. I very much like the look of his work Gwil. Have never heard of him though. It is the kind of thing one would like to touch - those faces particularly.

  2. Thanks Pat and well observed. As you were writing your comment I was writing my concluding paragraphs! They basically confirm what you say.

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    1. Whatever he his creating he works in 3 hour stints to a background of classical music. "Hammering granite blocks for more than 3 hours at a time is not recommended!" he says.

  4. Very creative artist indeed, especially using those tools to bring to life different elements. And those quotes pretty much sum everything up nicely. Good stuff!

    1. He is following in father's footsteps. Began at 18. Designs artwork for office space, also involved in festivals, designing logos and publicity material, etc.. To say he doesn't exhibit very often would be an understatement! This action is rare.


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