Bruce Stilwell was born in a small town of Otematata in 1968. A father of six and a full time joiner. He always dabbled with pencil and paper, working on his creatively, fascinated with straight lines forming curves and the way that light fades into dark at the intersections.
After browsing the net one night, he came across an old 1970s string picture with parabolic curves. This was a light bulb moment. This was exactly what he was trying to express.
He was asked to enter his very first circular piece he had created into the "Changing Threads 2017" National Contemporary Fibre Art Awards. He won the people's choice award. Since then making the top 10 artists NZ art show in Wellington ,top 10 in Christchurch and Dunedin Art Shows. Winner of the Dunedin Art show 2018, "The people's Choice Award" in the Craigs Aspiring Art Prize Award in Wanaka, 2019.
In the Winter of 2018, he created the "Mumbrella" a huge umbrella created for the light Nelson Festival in 2018. 6 metres in diameter made from laminated timber with 2000 wood screws and over 10 kms of string. After making the TV.1 news and the breakfast show the Mumbrella has found a permanent home on the roof of the Rare Creations Gallery in Mapua, near Nelson .Now he's looking forward to his next big art installation.( whatever that may be?)