Artist William Kolok creates bold abstract sculptures created with reclaimed and natural materials. View more of his portfolio by visiting his website.
New England working-class ethics require hard work with little opportunity to dream.
I, however, was a dreamer.
Not a bright student, I worked hard to find my place in this world and achieve my modest goals. During college in the south I discovered the world of art and my path became clear.
With a Don Quixote approach to life I dreamt the impossible dream and became an artist. Teaching art in the rural south was a challenge, but I was used to working hard. Making sculpture became my goal, and I labored to be creative on a teacher’s salary.
An MFA in sculpture from the University of Georgia, a family and a position teaching at a small college rounded out my life. Sculpting occupied my creative energy every evening and much of the summer as I worked in my small home studio.
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Retired, I now spend my days at Kolok Sculpture Gallery and Studio creating. I am mostly alone but never lonely. I am driven to sculpt as I have something to say that only I can say.
A quote from Gandhi is written on my studio wall, “Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.”
I sell some of my work and I am represented in a few galleries. I wake up every day with a desire to go to my studio and make art. It still isn’t easy. I struggle to express my feelings in a language few understand; but I am living my dream. I am an artist.
In my work, I create a relationship between natural materials, such as stone and wood, and reclaimed materials, highlighting the beauty found when aged material is used as an abstract element.
I prefer using materials like old lumber, limestone from old buildings and weather-worn tools in my art, as they have a distinctive character. My life and my talent combine to create sculptures that are simple, bold and subtle.
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