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 Kraig Varner  (21st century)

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Lived/Active: Utah/Montana      Known for: figure, animal and portrait sculpture

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BIOGRAPHY for Kraig Varner
(Havre, Montana)

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Great Dane Trailers of Utah in 2011 asked several artists to bid for a sculpture to display in their Salt Lake City showroom, reflecting the image from the company’s logo.  Of all the artists that submitted sketches and models in order to bid for the project, Kraig Varner was ultimately the artist that piqued their interest the most.  Kraig created a maquette of a Great Dane in clay and was then asked by the dealership to create the piece in a life-size bronze sculpture.

For the next two months, Kraig worked diligently on sculpting this substantial work of art, in clay. He had sculpted dogs before but had yet to have the opportunity to sculpt such a magnificent animal. He spent time researching the proportions of the Great Dane and what people perceive as beautiful qualities in this specific breed. Kraig felt that the presence of the Great Dane was one of the most important qualities to capture as the breed comes across as strong, powerful, and athletic and yet incredibly gentle at the same time.

The life-size piece is currently in the process of being molded and casted in bronze at Adonis Bronze Foundry. The finished sculpture is set to be installed at Great Dane Trailers of Utah, in Salt Lake City, in a few weeks.


Biography from Alderwood Fine Art:
Kraig Varner is a sculptor who intends to distinguish himself from others by mastering a range of sculpting genres from figurative, to contemporary, to portrait work. 

He works to create moving emotion filled portraits, of current and historical figures, so that his work can be important as history, capturing the triumph of the human spirit in each of the subject he sculpts.

His contemporary work is rich with symbolism and meaning, with the purpose of conveying poignant aspects of the human experience and emotion.  Kraig has a passion for the human form. He believes his work helps us see and feel the world around us and our place and interface in this world.

He wants his figurative work to create a sense of interaction, to push the viewer to see and feel emotions.

Kraig Varner's work has been shown in national and international exhibitions, and his work is located in collections throughout the world. He has been commissioned to sculpt portraits and monumental works alike for universities, municipalities, and foundations and corporations.

He has established his studio in Lehi, Utah where he has lived and worked since 1980.

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