The four men featured in the current “Young. Restless.” exhibit at the Hannibal Arts Council, 105 S. Main, use a variety of mediums to express their creativity.
The artists, Andrew Buckwalter, Scott Haycraft, Bradley Pipkin and Nick Willett, attended Hannibal High School at about the same time and have continued to make art a part of their lives.
Haycraft and Buckwalter still live in Hannibal, while Pipkin is in St. Louis, Mo., and Willett in Springfield, Mo.
For the past 22 years, Haycraft has worked with his dad, Harold, at Hannibal Machine, the family business. Scott Haycraft uses steel for his artistic endeavors, including a sundial at Glascock’s Landing on the Hannibal riverfront.
He also does functional art, such as gates, tables, balconies and railings.
Haycraft said his inspiration to be creative began with his mother, Kathy, taking him to museums.
His picture, “Drought,” in the art exhibit is made of steel. Haycraft explained the cracked ground in the picture was inspired last summer “going through the drought and seeing the ground break away.”
A larger piece is his blue heron, also made of steel. This was inspired by the work of metal artist Albert Paley.
Buckwalter has several pictures in the HAC exhibit, which will continue through Friday, Nov. 16.
He does pencil and colored pencil pictures, and said he appreciates the control of the medium.
One picture is titled, “Britney” for his wife, and another is her portrait. He also has several pictures of roses and some skeletons.
Buckwalter is owner and artist at Hard Times Tattoo, where he permanently puts his artwork onto skin.
He was influenced by fellow tattoo artist Steve Jackson, also Pat Kerns, his high school art instructor.
Willett combines art,
“I’ve always been fairly creative,” Willett said. “I took a bunch of art classes all the way through high school, then (after graduating in 1997) went to the Missouri State University in Springfield and took more art.”
His business card lists “sculptural and architectural design, engineering and fabrication.” After working for several companies, Willett said, “in 2006 I branched off.
“I got commissioned to build a 60-foot observation tower in Strafford, Mo. The tower was the biggest thing I have ever done.”
Now a full-time artist, Willett uses steel and other materials. “I like to bounce around,” he said. “A lot of artists pick one medium. I like to spice it up and keep variety.”
His work in the current exhibit includes “Artifiction,” which appears to be a face. “That started off as an experiment,” he said. “I really didn’t plan a head. I just started working on it and didn’t really think about what it was. Where the name came from was, it reminded me of an ancient artifact.”
Page 2 of 2 - His “Crescentin Lunisphere” is made of brass, steel and aluminum. “It wasn’t planned,” he said. “I was working with some material I had around me. The pieces were not intended to be together. They just happened to be in the right place at the right time, and I assembled it. The name just came to me.”
‘Make people smile’
Pipkin has been an artist since about age 5 and is “mostly self-taught.”
The son of Jack and Alice Pipkin of Hannibal, he said “my mom always encouraged me, and my parents have been very supportive my whole life.”
Now a full-time artist living and working in a loft in downtown St. Louis, Pipkin said, “If I make people smile, I did my job.”
His largest work is a mural in the Grove district of St. Louis on Manchester. It features giant goldfish, Pipkin said. “I like fluid things and animals.”
He uses spray paint and also ink. Among his professional works are CD covers, comic books, he said, and “random art in people’s houses, and body art on people.”
The work of these four artists is in a joint art and photography exhibit until Nov. 16. HAC gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.
For more about HAC programs e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, call the HAC at (573) 221-6545 or see hannibalarts.com.
See a photo gallery for more pictures of the art on exhibit and another photo gallery for examples of the photography.