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Tanglewood Collection by Master Sculptor Carl Gordon Now Exclusively on Madison’s Auctions!

We are thrilled to announce that Carl Gordon’s extraordinary “Tanglewood Collection” is now available exclusively through Madison’s Auctions. This remarkable collection, comprised of meticulously crafted wooden sculptures, showcases Gordon’s profound artistic vision and his dedication to preserving cultural heritage through art.

Carl Gordon, a celebrated Belizean artist, has spent years honing his craft and imbuing his work with the rich history and stories of his heritage. His sculptures are not just works of art but narratives carved into wood, each piece resonating with deep cultural and emotional significance. Here’s just a few of the standout pieces from the Tanglewood Collection.


“Emancipation” is more than just a piece of art; it’s a profound revelation captured in the rich grains of mahogany wood. Crafted with meticulous detail, this sculpture embodies a moment of divine inspiration, a vision unveiled during a solitary morning jog. As the artist’s eyes met the canvas of the sky, a striking image emerged from the clouds—a woman, poised on her knees, her countenance radiating gratitude and liberation. In her posture, one can discern the weight of generations past, the echoes of struggle and perseverance reverberating through time. This sculpture serves as a poignant reminder of the enduring legacy of slavery, a testament to the resilience of the human spirit. Through the intricate carving of mahogany wood, the artist breathes life into this moment of revelation, inviting viewers to contemplate the journey from bondage to freedom. Each stroke of the chisel is imbued with reverence, honoring the ancestors who paved the way for liberation. The smooth curves and delicate contours of the woman’s form convey a sense of grace and dignity, inviting viewers to reflect on the universal quest for freedom and self-discovery.

From Cradle to Kings

“From Cradle to Kings” is an intricate mahogany wood totem sculpture that traces the journey from the Olmec to the Mayan civilizations. The base features bold Olmec features, representing the original peoples of the Americas. This foundation transitions seamlessly into representations of the Classic Mayan civilization, with intricate carvings and hieroglyphs reflecting their advancements in architecture, astronomy, mathematics, and writing.

Adorned with symbolic elements such as the snake, representing life’s cyclical nature, the sculpture also features Lady Pakal and King Pakal in detailed attire, enriching the narrative of Mayan royalty. The sculpture captures the essence of Mesoamerican spirituality, depicting ceremonial rituals and revered deities. This artwork invites viewers to explore the rich tapestry of Mesoamerican history and culture, celebrating the artistic and intellectual achievements of these ancient civilizations.

The Legend of Lord Smoking Shell

“Legend of Lord Smoking Shell” is an impressive mahogany wood sculpture, standing at 7 feet 9 inches high and 2 feet 10 inches wide, honoring the esteemed Maya chief, K’inich Kan Bahlam II, known as Lord Smoking Shell. Carved from mahogany found in the wetlands of Lemonal in the Belize River Valley, it features intricate details and crocodile motifs, reflecting his deep reverence for the creature. This piece is a powerful tribute to his legacy and the cultural richness of the Maya civilization.

Black Struggle

“Black Struggle” emerges from the depths of memory, a tribute to the resilience forged in the fires of life’s trials. Inspired by the steadfast gaze of a woman etched in childhood recollection, amidst the vibrant chaos of the Old Market, this sculpture breathes life into the silent narrative of survival.

Carved from ziricote wood hailing from the northern reaches of Xunuch, each knot and grain whispers tales of hardship endured, the arduous path of the human struggle—fraught with obstacles, yet driven by an unyielding spirit.

In the contours of her face, etched with lines of resolve, lies a story of defiance and triumph. Each curve speaks volumes, a silent anthem to the indomitable will to overcome. As viewers trace the intricate lines, they are drawn into a dance of reflection, glimpsing echoes of their own battles waged and victories won.

“Black Struggle” transcends its wooden form, a beacon of strength and hope amidst the tumult of existence.

Tanglewood Collection on Madison’s Auctions

Carl Gordon’s Tanglewood Collection is a testament to his ability to transcend boundaries and illuminate the human experience through art. These sculptures not only showcase his exceptional skill but also invite viewers to reflect on the rich cultural narratives they embody. Gordon’s work is a fusion of meticulous craftsmanship and profound storytelling, making each piece a unique and invaluable addition to any art collection.

To explore these stunning pieces and learn more about Carl Gordon’s work, download the brochure and visit Madison’s Auctions. Don’t miss the chance to own a Carl Gordon original and experience the profound beauty and cultural significance of his Tanglewood Collection. This is a rare opportunity to acquire a piece of art that resonates with history, culture, and the timeless beauty of wooden craftsmanship.

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