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Michael Binkley

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Sculptor Michael Binkley
Michael Binkley

About Michael Binkley

Recently celebrating 30 years as a professional fine Artist, Binkley estimates he has carved over 10,000 original sculptures. As well as a current collection of sculpture available for purchase, he is able to create site specific sculptures for home, garden, exterior landscape or office. In a world inundated with mass produced art, it is a great pleasure to encounter the truly unique, original fine art sculpture of renowned Canadian sculptor.

Exhibition History of Michael Binkley

1980 Epiphany - Florence, Italy
1980 Pratt studio apprentice, Vancouver, BC, Canada
1981 Granville Bridge studio, Vancouver, BC, Canada
1981 First Studio Show, solo show, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
1982 Studio Show, solo show, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
1983 First Ave. studio, Vancouver, BC, Canada
1983 Studio Show, solo show, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
1984 Alaskan and BC Artists Exhibition group show, Carmel, CA, USA
1984 Studio Show, solo show, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
1985 New gallery and sculpting studio, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
1985 Studio Show, solo show, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
1986 `Rune Stone` commission, Vancouver, BC, Canada
1986 `Lions` commission, Expo `86, Vancouver, BC, Canada
1986 La Linea Exhibit group show, Vancouver, BC, Canada
1986 Studio Show, solo show, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
1987 - 1992 weekend exhibits, solo show, Lonsdale Quay Market, North Van., BC, Canada
1987 Commonweath Heads of Gov`t Meeting group show, Vancouver, BC, Canada
1987 Faces and Figures group exhibition group show, Vancouver, BC, Canada
1988 Faces and Figures group exhibition group show, Vancouver, BC, Canada
1988 Studio Show, solo show, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
1988 Design for Giving, group show, Vancouver, BC, Canada
1989 `Sounding Humpback` commission, Clark Wilson LLP, Vancouver, BC, Canada
1989 Faces and Figures group exhibition, Vancouver, BC, Canada
1989 Design for Giving, group show, Vancouver, BC, Canada
1989 Studio Show, solo show, North Vancouver, BC, Canada

1990 One of a Kind, group spring show, Toronto, ON, Canada
1990 One of a Kind, group fall show, Toronto, ON, Canada
1990 10th Anniversary Studio Show, solo show, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
1991 Faces and Figures, group show, Vancouver, BC, Canada
1991 One of a Kind, group fall show, Toronto, ON, Canada
1991 Studio Show, solo show, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
1992 One of a Kind, group spring show, Toronto, ON, Canada
1992 Studio Show, solo show, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
1993 Faces and Figures, group show, Vancouver, BC, Canada
1993 Studio Show, solo show, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
1994 Studio Show, solo show, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
1995 The Garden Sculpture Show, solo show, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
1995 Faces and Figures, solo show, Vancouver, BC, Canada
1995 Studio Show, solo show, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
1996 Figures and Landscapes, group show, West Vancouver, BC, Canada
1996 The Garden Sculpture Show, solo show, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
1996 The Canadian Gardener TV Show with David Tarrant
1996 Interior Exterior Spaces, group show, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
1996 North Vancouver Community Arts Council board of director
1996 Studio Show, solo show, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
1997 - 2001 North Vancouver Community Arts Council president
1997 The Garden Sculpture Show, solo show, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
1997 Faces and Figures, group exhibition, Vancouver, BC, Canada
1997 Studio Show, solo show, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
1998 The Garden Sculpture Show, solo show, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
1998 Studio Show, solo show, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
1999 The Garden Sculpture Show, solo show, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
1999 Studio Show, solo show, North Vancouver, BC, Canada

2000 The Garden Sculpture Show, solo show, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
2000 In the Beginning...There was Stone, group show, Bellingham, WA, USA
2000 20th Anniversary Studio Show, solo show, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
2001 The Garden Sculpture Show, group show, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
2001 Nude - Go Figure, group show, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
2001 Studio Show, solo show, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
2002 Gazing into Stone, solo show, Miami, FL, USA
2002 `Mark Hoggins Memorial` commission
2002 Sculptures at Sea, solo show, Radisson Navigator, AK, USA
2002 Studio Show, solo show, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
2003 `Seashells` commission, Queen Mary 2
2003 Studio Show, solo show, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
2004 Queen Mary 2 workshops
2004 Symposium Instructor, Mount Vernon, WA, USA
2004 Studio Show, solo show, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
2005 Art Tour Host on Crystal Cruise Line "Symphony", Mediterranean Cruise
2005 Body Language, group show, Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver, BC, Canada
2005 Studio Show, solo show, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
2006 Start major commission sculptures in Pietrasanta, Italy
2006 `Barn Owl` commission, Clark Wilson LLP, Vancouver, BC, Canada
2006 Symposium Instructor, Thetis Island, BC, Canada
2006 `Breadfruit Leaf` commission for Naplili Kai Beach Resort, Maui, HI, USA
2007 `Kelp and Oyster Shell` commission for Sea Lion Point Lodge, Sonora Island, BC, Canada
2007 `Ansia` commission
2007 Symposium Instructor, Mission, BC, Canada
2007 Mountaineer and Artist, group show, Whyte Museum, Banff, AB, Canada
2007 Studio Show, solo show, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
2008 `Winds of War` commission
2008 Start sculpture projects in Pietrasanta, Italy
2008 Studio Show, solo show, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
2009 Sculpture in the Garden, solo show, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
2009 `Moai Heads` commission
2009 Symposium Instructor, Vancouver Island BC, Canada
2009 Body and Spirit, group show, CityScape Gallery, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
2009 Studio Show, solo show, North Vancouver, BC, Canada

2010 Sculpture in the Garden, solo show, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
2010 30th Anniversary Studio Show, solo show, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
2011 Sculpture in the Garden, solo show, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
2011 Studio Show, solo show, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
2012 Art in the Garden, solo show, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
2012 Studio Show, solo show, North Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Biography / CV of Michael Binkley

Michael Binkley is one of Canada`s most successful self represented artists. Born in 1960, he is primarily a self taught sculptor. His artistic talent was evident at an early age and through perseverance and dedication, he is now one of Canada`s leading stone sculptors. Binkley maintains his studio gallery and sculpture garden, Binkley Sculpture Studios, in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada with his wife Michelle.

Binkley`s initial inspiration to turn to stone sculpture occurred in 1980 while he was in Florence, Italy. He encountered Michelangelo`s four unfinished "Captives" at the Accademia, which struck a chord deep inside him. He discovered he was able to see the finished sculptures hidden in the marble and from that moment, a transformation began which has shaped the soul of an Artist.

Since his experience with the "Captives, " Binkley`s desire to create has been continuous and prolific. His passion is for the human form, and this can be seen in a wide range of gorgeous sculptures ranging from stylized to representational in his Figurative Portfolio. He also creates images of Wildlife and pure Abstract forms. Inspiration for his sculptures comes from his life experiences and observations and it is a rare moment when his sensors are turned off. The sensory joy one experiences from feeling a polished stone is something no other material can provide. There is an ancient, primal link between Man and stone, and few viewers can resist the urge to run their hand over Binkley`s sculptures. Sculpture occupies space in our world and allows for a deeper connection through the sense of touch. This is a feature that two-dimensional art cannot satisfy.

Binkley strives to create sculpture which will seduce the viewer`s eye, stir the soul, and entice the viewer to touch. He carves as much of the details of a particular subject as he can, without sacrificing the flowing, graceful lines which typify his style. He is a widely collected artist with a diverse and versatile sculpting talent. His work over the years has proved to have a universal appeal. His work can be found in private, corporate and public collections on every continent and he has over 40 exhibitions to his credit.

Binkley has worked with exclusive, six-star cruise ship lines. He is the first stone sculptor to have a solo exhibition aboard a cruise ship. Binkley is the first stone sculptor to give carving lessons aboard an ocean liner. Binkley is the first stone sculptor to lead an art tour aboard the cruise ship, Crystal "Symphony". Binkley is the only Canadian artist in the permanent international art collection aboard the Queen Mary 2, the world`s largest ocean liner.

Artist Statement of Michael Binkley

Michael Binkley is passionate about his work, and is interested in sharing it with patrons. He is very approachable, and welcomes your inquiries. If you are interested in any of the sculptures you see on this site, or wish to discuss the creation of a specific piece.

Acquisitions / Collections of work by Michael Binkley

Since 1980, Michael Binkley has carved stone into fluid lines and graceful shapes for international art patrons and his sculptures can be found on every continent.

Public Works of Michael Binkley

In April 2006, Michael Binkley travelled to Pietrasanta, Italy and worked at renowned Studio SEM for the month, beginning work on four major commissions in Carrara marble for North American patrons. He returned again for the month of September in 2008 to begin a new series of sculptures in the beautiful white Carrara marble.

Price Range of Work

Michael Binkley's work has a price range from £767 to £33,334

Mediums utilised

Michael Binkley's work is found in the following materials:

Artwork Categorised

Michael Binkley's work is found in the following categories on site:
Human Figurative Sculptures (4)
Carved Stone, Marble, Alabaster, Soap Stone Granite Lime stone (4)
Females Women Girls Ladies Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines (3)
Carved Abstract Contemporary Modern sculpture statue carving (3)
Nude sculpture statue statuette Figurine Ornament (3)
Horses Abstract / Semi Abstract / Stylised / Contemporary / Modern Statues Sculptures statuettes (2)
Horse Sculpture / Equines Race Horses Pack HorseCart Horses Plough Horsess (2)
Nudes, Female Sculptures (2)
Figurative Abstract Modern or Contemporary Sculptures Statues statuary statuettes figurines (2)
Small / Little Figurative sculpture / statuette / statuary / ornament / figurine
Horse Head or Bust or Mask or Portrait sculpture statuettes statue figurines
Animal Abstract Contemporary Modern Stylised Minimalist Sculptures
Nude Garden Yard Outdoor Outside Sculptures Statues
Semi Nude / Naked Girls Females Women Sculptures
Modern Abstract Contemporary Avant Garde Sculptures or Statues or statuettes or statuary
Minimalist Understated Abstract Contemporary Sculpture statuary statuettes
Indoor Inside Interior Abstract Contemporary Modern Sculpture / statue / statuette / figurine
Abstract Contemporary or Modern Outdoor Outside Exterior Garden / Yard Sculptures Statues statuary
Corporate Sculptures
Small Animal Sculptures
Sensual Sculptures or Statues
Abstract Modern Contemporary Avant Garde Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines statuary both Indoor Or outside
Cloud, Breeze, Wave and Wind Sculptures
Interior, Indoors, Inside Sculpture
Horses Small, for Indoors and Inside Display Statues statuettes Sculptures figurines commissions commemoratives

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