Gib Singleton

Gib Singleton sketches from Masterworks Collection

These sketches are provided by daughter Shelly Singleton-Kinder , Sculptor, who worked side by side with her father for many years.

Sketches are pen & ink/watercolor, however the volume of Gibís work is in bronze.

Gib Singletonís work is known around the world, and held in prestigious collections including the Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Natural History, the Vatican Museum, and Yad Vashem Memorial in Jerusalem.    Singleton is a scholar with an undying thirst for knowledge, a desire that led him to doctoral studies in Greek Mythology and Theology. The Missouri native attended Washington University, Chicago Art Institute and Southern Illinois University. His honors include a First Place Sculpture Award at Belle di Arte Academy in Florence, and a Fulbright Fellowship.   While Gibís academic pursuits have definitely inspired his art, its real strength ďcomes from his enthusiasm for his work and the passion he has for creativity,Ē says Tommy Hicks, founder of Shidoni and a long- time friend of Singleton.

Singleton won a fellowship at the Vatican to work as a staff artist, and later as a reconstruction specialist. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis even asked Gib to help restore hundreds of pieces of centuries-old art in Florence, and in later years Singleton worked on Michelangeloís Pieta.   Gib also bears the honor of having created one of the most visible sculptures in the world, the sterling silver crucifix atop the staff carried by Pope John Paul II. Singleton made the Papal Cross for a Vatican cardinal, who then gave it to the man who would become the first Polish Pope. Gibís silver crucifix still adorns the staff carried by the newest Catholic prelate, Benedict XVI.

Some of Gibís figures appear stylized, even bordering on emaciated, but they all seem authentically and undeniably human and a heartbeat away. They are intriguing figures that have lived real lives, filled with pain, hunger, grief, and joy, lust, and above all, love. Through the strong, gifted hands of their sculptor, they are alive. Somehow Gib's work seems to cross the barrier of cold, hard bronze and become alive; above all, the work communicates a yearning for spiritual knowledge.  *Quote from Tom Hicks, Shidoni Foundry, Santa Fe, New Mexico


pen & ink/watercolor   22 X 14


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