Tinsley, Chicago, Illinois
steel sculpture maquette, 7 by 15 1/2 by 7 1/2 inches
for larger work proposed for the James B. Thompson Center, Illinois Art
in Architecture Program
welded steel sculpture is about the unity of interlocking forms, according
to the artist. It was inspired by the landscapes of Illinois. It hints
at the arching and interwoven branches seen in oak forests at the canopy
This sculpture was built and installed in the Sculpture Park at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, Illinois. It can be seen online at http://www.oakton.edu/news/events/gallery/tinsley.htm
Tinsley was born in Roanoke, Virginia. He received his Bachelor of Arts
degree from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.
His Master of Arts and Master of Fine Art degrees are from the University
of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. He taught at Eastern Kentucky University and
at Illinois State University. He currently lives and works in Chicago.
In 1979, the Illinois State Museum presented his work in a solo exhibit.
His work is represented in many private and public collections.
steel is available in sheets of various thickness. The artist cuts it,
welds pieces to one another, then finishes the surface. Some surface treatments
are etching with acids, grinding, and sanding. A final coat of clear or
opaque lacquer or paint can make the surface shiny or dull. On Silver Oak,
it is possible to see where the artist has scratched patterns into the
steel, probably with an electric sander or grinder.