The Artist

Bill Mack is the world’s preeminent relief sculptor

The relief form – in Mack’s case, primarily “alto relief” – originated in ancient temple friezes and marble sepulchers and is virtually nonexistent in galleries anywhere.

To excel in this exacting form, in which foreshortening poses daunting technical challenges, Mack is also a master draftsman.  Each relief derives from painstaking studies of the foreshortened figure-a classic skill that is a major factor in to the quality of his reliefs.


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The Beginning

Bill Mack was born in Minneapolis and continues to reside there.

He realized at an early age he was gifted as an artist, but didn’t view it as a potential career at that time. He eventually graduated from the University of Minnesota in journalism and marketing. However, all the while he was a college student he paid for his living expenses from income as a commissioned artist.

At the age of 17, while working as a mechanical draftsman at a sign company, a poor quality bronze relief portrait was submitted to the company for approval. Mack suggested he could do a better job of capturing the subject’s likeness – and, when given the opportunity, he did.  That became the beginning of a five decade career exclusively as an artist.

He continued to work as a commissioned artist for a few years. Once it was clear that art was to be a permanent part of his life, he made the decision t o transition into the gallery world where he could create artworks that were inspired completely by him.

In the mid 80s, he created his first group of ten reliefs for an international art show in New York. His innovative reliefs were immediately recognized as being totally unique and he met with instant success. And, for over three decades the popularity for the work has never ceased.

Mack has created his own niche in the art world, always pioneering and perfect the relief art form, and continually reinventing himself through his repertoire of work, including the reliefs, drawings, paintings and full-round artworks that he offers in one man shows and in galleries worldwide.

 

The Reliefs

Combining low and high relief, incised lines, and elements in the round, in works that Mack directly involves the viewer in a three-dimensional experience, both textural and tactile is often startling real.

“Calling my artworks bas relief,” Mack says, “is true in some instances. However, bas relief technically refers to low relief, like the relief on a coin. My relief typically incorporates higher levels of relief and often elements in full-round – which is correctly referred to as alto relief. High reliefs and alto reliefs can be seen on buildings throughout Europe and in most major cities in the United States. However, a collection of alto reliefs was not available in galleries until I introduced them in the 1980s  in materials light enough to be displayed in homes and offices.”

Bill Mack was born in Minneapolis and continues to reside there.

He realized at an early age he was gifted as an artist, but didn’t view it as a potential career at that time. He eventually graduated from the University of Minnesota in journalism and marketing. However, all the while he was a college student he paid for his living expenses from income as a commissioned artist.

At the age of 17, while working as a mechanical draftsman at a sign company, a poor quality bronze relief portrait was submitted to the company for approval. Mack suggested he could do a better job of capturing the subject’s likeness – and, when given the opportunity, he did.  That became the beginning of a five decade career exclusively as an artist.

He continued to work as a commissioned artist for a few years. Once it was clear that art was to be a permanent part of his life, he made the decision t o transition into the gallery world where he could create artworks that were inspired completely by him.

In the mid 80s, he created his first group of ten reliefs for an international art show in New York. His innovative reliefs were immediately recognized as being totally unique and he met with instant success. And, for over three decades the popularity for the work has never ceased.

Mack has created his own niche in the art world, always pioneering and perfect the relief art form, and continually reinventing himself through his repertoire of work, including the reliefs, drawings, paintings and full-round artworks that he offers in one man shows and in galleries worldwide.

 

The Renderings

The figures in Bill Mack’s photo realistic renderings, with their emotional beauty and soulful dignity-partake of the style “Romantic Realism,” which the pre-Raphaelite painters are a leading historical antecedent.

Mack’s drawings and paintings  are extremely rare and are mediately recognizable as Mack’s. They are rendered with a dimensional or “round” quality since – while he is rendering in two-dimensions, he is always thinking of the images in three-dimensions.

Without a doubt , Bill Mack’s creations, whether two-dimensional, reliefs,  or full round are strikingly unique in the world art.

 

The Person

Enthusiastic, stylish and original, the mustachioed Mack has a distinctive flair about him.

From his rare art form to the mysterious red rose that he wears on his lapel each day, Mack is an unusual man and artist.  He enjoys one of the most successful and high profile careers in contemporary American art.

“Mack’s Art elicits an immediate emotional  response,” notes one critic, “a moment in time is stopped, a familiar face is revealed, the grace of a body in motion is captured. If viewers become more than observers,  they become participants in the drama unfold in before their eyes.”