best things come in small packages!
pieces of artwork are absolutely massive and take up acres,
while some just fill up an A4 piece of paper. Local artist,
Willard Wigan is one of the only people in the world who can
create what can only be described as 'mini art'.
artist, who has an exhibition housed within the Mailbox, is
the only person in the world who can create objects at the
level they are. His works are displayed on canvases such as
the head of a pin, the tip of an eyelash or even a grain of
sand and are at least three times smaller than this full stop!
a look at some of Willard's amazing sculptures. Click 'Gallery'
regularly goes into local schools and youth groups and runs
workshops, seminars and a variety of talks to all ages, including
managed to catch a few words with Willard about his life,
art and the future.
How old were you when you found out you had this talent?
I was 5 years old. I had learning difficulties and found things
difficult. I came from a poor family and wasn't pushed I was
just told to 'try hard at school'. That was 42 years ago,
and since it's been an obsession.
How difficult is it to create the miniature art?
Let me tell you, it's very difficult. Every movement I make
is so small. I have to control my breathing and heartbeat
- it's not easy! I usually work at night and have to make
sure the dog isn't around.
What's your favourite piece of work so far?
I like the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs piece, just because
I had to fit so much into the head of a pin. It's also quite
a fun work of art, only 3 times bigger than a blood cell.
Yeah, the Snow White model is wicked! What's been your biggest
achievement in life?
That would be the mini model of The Last Supper. It had TWELEVE
disciples and Jesus - was a real challenge.
What would you say to any aspiring artists in any form?
"Be original! Be creative! Be individual and make your
Willard Wigan exhibition in The Mailbox is open for the public
to view Monday - Saturday 10am - 8pm and on Sunday from 11am
- 5pm. Entrance to the Willard Wigan Exhibition is £3.95
for adults and £2.95 for children and concessions.