Sculpting the Shadows of Ancestors

I try to capture the essence of human gesture

from a tree

using only the minimum definition required

That in one piece the viewer may see

both human form

and form of tree

We do not need details of feature to respond

Consider the essence of the female form

the mother we know

the lover we seek

How few lines it takes to see her

The artist with two works in cedar outside Denman Island studio.

Photo by Adrian Lam,  Times Colonist

Photo by Adrian Lam, Times Colonist

Robert Amos: The human essence, in sculpture
‘Folly’ is one of the sculptures by Michael Dennis, part of “Muses: The Female Form in Cedar and Bronze” at Abkhazi Garden.


Studio, Denman Island, BC


Studio, Denman Island


Working outside Denman Island studio


CV & Public Collections


Canadian and US



Reed College, Portland OR, Bachelor of Arts, 1963

Stanford University, Stanford CA, PhD in Neurophysiology, 1967


Academic Digression

Harvard Medical School, Instructor, 1967-70

University College London, Research Fellow, 1970-72

University of California, San Francisco, Professor of Physiology, 1972-79


Sculpture Margam International Competition, Margam Park, Port Talbot, Wales, 1993

Inaugural Exhibition, American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, MD, 1995-96

International Sculpture Symposium, Volary, Czech Republic, 1997

Millfield School Commission, Glastonbury, England, 1998

Gut Gasteil Sculpture Park, Prigglitz, Austria, 2000

University of Washington Commission, Bothell, WA, 2000

Art-Science Fusion Project, Goldegg, Austria, 2001

Chancellory House Commission, 2005

US/Canada Peace Arch Park, 2006

Penticton Public Art Competition, Penticton, BC, 2006


Public Collections

Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey BC

University of California, San Francisco, CA

Denman Island Community Hall, Denman Island, BC

Filberg Foundation, Comox, BC

Denman Island Senior Citizens Centre, Denman Island, BC

Guelph Park, City of Vancouver, BC

Port Angeles Fine Arts Centre, Port Angeles, WA

Margam Park, Port Talbot, Wales

Sprucefield Park, City of North Vancouver, BC

Simon Fraser University, BC

Denman Island Old School Centre, Denman Island, BC

Heron Rocks Society, Hornby Island, BC

Saghalie School, Federal Way, WA

City of Bellevue, Bellevue, WA

Seattle Vocational Institute, Seattle, WA

Carillon Point, Kirkland, WA

City of Volary, Czech Republic

DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA

Millfield School, Glastonbury, England

University of Washington, Bothell, WA

Tofino Botanical Gardens, Tofino, BC, (Image)

Olympic College, Poulsbo, WA

Chancellor House, University of British Columbia

Royal Botanical Gardens, Hamilton, ON

City of Penticton, BC

Simon Fraser University, BC