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The Philosopher

Wood Sculpture

Created by Bruce Chapin
Customer Rating:
50 stars out of 50
The philosopher is made of wood and finished in encaustic. He has the farmer friendly, down home look of suspenders, combined with a smaller version of himself, caged and trapped, wondering what it all means.....
Dimensions: 24.0in H x 10.0in W x 5.0in D
This piece ships on or before: Thu, Feb 19, 2015
Shipping charge (based on items in My Basket): $40.00
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About this Artist

Bruce Chapin

"The more I create, the less I reveal. I find the universe a strange and marvelous place. I am still trying to figure it out. The workings of the known universe make complete sense to me, and simultaneously seem completely absurd. "

In his sculptural work, Bruce Chapin explores the mysteries of the universe, the known and the unknown, meaning and lack of meaning.

Working primarily in wood, Chapin keeps his methods simple, hand carving each piece and finishing it with acrylic, milk paints, or encaustic.

The artist was rejected from kindergarten for failing the "Philosophy of Life" portion of the entrance exam. He has struggled ever since to regain his self-worth and to find direction and meaning in his life. Realizing early on that being an artist would only add to the eternal futility of his meaningless life, he decided that by embracing that futility he might, just might, find meaning.

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By Loustark
My favorite so far
This piece makes me smile because he looks like I feel sometimes! Everyone who sees my Phil loves him! Love a sweet sense of humor in art pieces.
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By Whimsy
What a delight!
Everything about "The Philosopher" is delightful! He rests peacefully atop Tim Wells "Jester" table and is the first thing you see when you enter my home.
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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Better in 'person' than in pictures!
The reds are beautiful, and the piece comes across as good if not better than in the photos. I couldn't be more pleased.
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By Jo
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
As charming in "person" as in pictures.
Shirt base is a bit more "clear red" than I expected. I thought it would be a rosier red; but it still works. We are using him in our office where he always gets a smile.
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