Dan Ostermiller is active/lives in Colorado, Wyoming. Dan Ostermiller is known for large scale, realistic animal sculpture.
Biography from Nedra Matteucci Galleries
Dan Ostermiller was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming, the son of a famed
taxidermist. He decided early in his life to forego working in the
family business for a more flexible form of self-expression. However,
the experience he had gained under his father's tutelage influenced
Ostermiller's career and was ultimately responsible for his interest in
becoming a sculptor of animals as well as for his complete
understanding of animal form.
Biography from Charleston Renaissance Gallery
Ostermiller has enlarged the scope
of his knowledge of wildlife with expeditions to Alaska, Africa and all
corners of the West. Ostermiller's sculpture conveys a mood and an
emotion. "If I have a trademark, it's the character I put in pieces. I
incorporate, I hope, strong design. I give people something they can
relate to and a good piece of sculpture."
Since his first show
in 1980, Ostermiller has rapidly achieved professional and public
recognition. He has been Instructor of Sculpture at Scottsdale Artist's
School with the Fleischer Museum in Arizona, and at the Fechin
Institute in Taos, NM, in addition to conducting workshops.
1999, Ostermiller traveled to France, where he cast his own artworks at
the illustrious La Fondation de Courbertin nestled in the beautiful
woods approximately fifty miles outside of Paris. There he learned the
formulas and techniques used to cast Rodin's posthumous bronzes,
incorporating them into his own works.
In 2003, he became
president of the National Sculpture Society. His sculpture has won
numerous awards and honors such as the Gold Medal of Honor from Allied
Artists of America, Gold and Silver Medals from Texas Cowboy Artists
Association, and the Gold Medal of Honor from American Artists
Professional League. His monumental works may be viewed at the Wyoming
State Capitol, Brookgreen Gardens, the Denver Art Museum, and the Stark
Museum of Art.
Ostermiller's work has been highlighted in
exhibitions and one-person shows around the country. Included in
the list are the annual Society of Animal Artists exhibition; the
annual National Sculpture Society exhibition; the Eiteljorg
Invitational at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian and Western Art
in Indianapolis, Indiana, the Governor's Invitational Art Show in
Cheyenne,Wyoming; and the Fleischer Museum's 1994 retrospective
exhibition in Scottsdale, Arizona, recognizing Ostermiller for his
exceptional talent and numerous accomplishments.
DAN OSTERMILLER (born 1956)
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As a well-known American animal sculptor, Dan Ostermiller works in the realist style of the animalier tradition by infusing an individual character into each exceptionally detailed bronze. His extensive understanding of animal anatomy and form comes from his youthful experiences in Cheyenne, Wyoming, where he worked with his father, a respected taxidermist.
While technically excellent, the true charm of Ostermiller's bronzes is the emotional connection conveyed by the strutting barnyard rooster, proud whitetail deer, or shy balancing elephant. Whether the subject is a domestic or farmyard animal--or a more elusive wild or big game creature--the artist captures the essence of its character and movement. A former hunter who has traveled to Africa on photography safaris, Ostermiller is the former president of the prestigious National Sculpture Society and a member of the Brookgreen Gardens' Board of Trustees, as well as a member of the Allied Artists in New York, Ducks Unlimited, and the Society of Animal Artists. He works from his home and large studio complex in Colorado.
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