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Michael Stuart Leckie – Figurative Sculptor
Award-winning sculptor, Mike Leckie, imports remarkable carving stones, from around the world, to his open air studio in the Oregon forest. Working in the classical figurative tradition, Leckie finds the inherent spirit in each stone and with tremendous respect for the natural material, he brings life to each piece. His finished works emerge from blocks of marble, alabaster, obsidian, chinese fluorite and jade. Leckie’s timeless sculpture blends ancient classical style with modern themes to create delicately detailed and emotionally expressive figures. He has also attained an international reputation for his work with : Bronze Portraits, Hydrostone Bas Relief Sculpture, and Cast Iron and Cast Glass vessels.
Having carved his first figures and portraits in softer materials, cork and balsa wood, before age ten, Leckie was recognized early as an artist. Carving marble professionally for more than 30 years, he is strongly connected to his medium. “Carvers all say marble is alive and it’s a joy to work with, almost asking - What would you like me to become?” Leckie’s sculpture has been acquired by private collectors, major corporations, and prestigious universities. He is well recognized for his Bronze Portraits of important historical figures and his Bas Relief Portraits of the athletes in action at the United States of America Track and Field(USATF) 2008 and 2012 Olympic Trials .
Monuments in Bronze and Marble
“The First Ladies of Diversity” - Bronze Portrait Heads - Mary McLeod Bethune and Eleanor Roosevelt - The maquette for a proposed National Monument. Mother Bethune was known for her commitment to education, she founded Bethune-Cookman University and worked to better the lives of African Americans and immigrants. This award was commissioned by the the Mary McLeod Bethune Humanitarian Network.
“The Reading Girl” - Monument in Marble - Commissioned by the Public Library in Albany, Oregon. She sits at the entrance to the library, where she delights the patrons. The artist is quoted at the dedication - "This piece is about educating women, worldwide, you start by educating girls.”
“The Sidney” - Bronze Portrait Head - This piece was commissioned as an award to honor “Excellence in Advertising” by the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America.
New York Philanthropist, known for his support of education, Sidney Frank, of the Sidney Frank Importing Co., brought Jagermeister Whiskey and Grey Goose Vodka to the USA.
Bas Relief Sculpture of World Class Athletes
Licensed by the University of Oregon, Leckie has also been honored by the Oregon Track Club to create bas relief sculpture featuring some of the world’s most famous track and field athletes.
Mac Wilkins - Hydrostone Bas Relief Portrait - Wilkins won the Gold Medal for the United States in the 1976 Olympics in the Discus. He also won the 1976 World Championships; with each of his three throws, he set a new world record. Commissioned in 2009 by Mac Wilkins.
Ashton James Eaton - Hydrostone Bas Relief Portrait - America’s 2012 Olympic Gold Medal winner and 2012 World Champion, holds the current World Record in both the Decathlon and Heptathlon events. Work licensed by the Oregon Track Club for the 2012 USATF Olympic Trials.
Sally Jepkosgei Kipyego - Hydrostone Bas Relief Portrait - Kenya’s Silver Medalist in the 10,000m at the 2012 Olympic Games and the 2011 World Championships. Work licensed by the Oregon Track Club for the 2012 USATF Olympic Trials.
Jesse Daniel Williams - Hydrostone Bas Relief Portrait - The 2011 World Champion American High Jumper. Work licensed by the Oregon Track Club for the 2012 USATF Olympic Trials.
Historic East Grandstands - Hayward Field, Eugene Oregon - Hydrostone Bas Relief Portrait - Work produced for the 2012 USATF Olympic Trials. Licensed by the University of Oregon.