A portion of the sale will go to COVID-19 Arts & Culture Relief Fund that will provide financial assistance to professional artists of all disciplines (visual, performing, and more) throughout the Richmond and Tri-Cities region who have lost income from cancelled paid creative opportunities during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Reclaimed Mixed Materials
72" x 19" x 17"
Priced Reduced from $35,000 to $26,000
Purchased from Vail International Gallery - Certificate of Authenticity on File
The current owner has loved it but wants to do some good for CultureWorks Richmond. Proceeds from the sale will go to support CultureWorks! https://richmondcultureworks.org
See more of Bates Wilson's art on his website http://www.bateswilson.com/
The piece is believed to be inspired by the 2002 movie Treasure Planet.
Bates Wilson is an actor who became a sculptor when he started making art to fill his Brooklyn loft. An American flag made from corrugated metal and aluminum was his first piece; since then Bates has used recycled metal and found objects to create airplanes that seem to transform into dolphins swimming in the ocean, strangely beautiful winged icons made from old car parts, old machines, and highway signs, and many more creations that seem simultaneously old and new, organic and inorganic, retro and science fiction. As Bates himself says, “The idea is to make something new out of things old; to take that which is discarded and renew the life that it once had. Art should allow for a continuous evolution of materials and ideas”.