|This biography from the Archives of AskART:|
|Steve Kestrel has turned to the "direct carving of seemingly impenetrable and technically challenging materials that require remarkable concentration, endurance and strength" (Brooks Joyner, 1997). |
The sculptor works in stone and bronze and depicts wildlife of the western U.S. to birdlife, amphibians, reptiles and, most recently, the human form.
A native of New Mexico, Kestrel now lives in Redstone Canyon west of Fort Collins, Colorado. He is a member of the National Sculpture Society and Society of Animal Artists.
Steve Kestrel has been recognized through national awards exhibitions, and commissions. In 1992, he was elected to membership in the National Academy of Western Art (NAWA). In 1994, the artist received a gold medal from NAWA for his carved granite version of "Monument for the Last Horned Lizard". The Wichita Art Museum has held a one-man retrospective exhibit of his sculpture and drawings and purchased the monumental bison sculpture, "Spectre of Ancient Pathways".
Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, 2003
Carson Gallery, www.carsongallery.com
|Biography from Altamira Fine Art:|
Steve Kestrel acquired a strong interest in and consequently an extensive knowledge of wildlife through his many outdoor childhood activities. As a student enrolled in Eastern New Mexico University, he studied natural sciences. Although he also studied sculpture at Colorado State University, he never completed his degree due to what he believed to be the creative restraints placed upon him by professors. Upon leaving Colorado, Santa Fe sculptor Boris Gilbertson offered Kestrel a position as his apprentice.
Kestrel prefers to carve directly in granite, slate, limestone, and sandstone – materials that are both extremely sensitive and difficult and require great strength and concentration. His stone carvings forsake the use of a prior constructed model, as Kestrel believes this method helps preserve “the soul of the stone”. While his sculptures clearly evoke his animal subjects, they usually retain the natural shape of the raw material with which he is working. Kestrel has also applied his talents to casting in bronze, which permits him to create more delicate forms not possible to create in stone.
He is a member of the National Sculpture Society as well as the Society of Animal Artists. His works can be found in many private and corporate collections including the Wichita Art Museum in Kansas, the Gilcrease Museum in Oklahoma, and the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming.
Selected Recent Exhibitions
2009-2010 Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale, National Western Stock Show, Denver, CO
2009-1999 Western Visions – Miniatures and More Show, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY
2009-1998 Prix de West Invitational, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, OK
2009-1998 Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale, Buffalo Bill Historical Museum, Cody, WY
2004 Rendezvous Silver Anniversary, Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK
Partial List of Collections:
National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY
Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, IN
Buffalo Bill Historical Museum, Cody, WY
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, GA
Selected Awards and Honors
2009 Whitney Gallery 50th Anniversary, Buffalo Bill Historical Museum
2008 Best of Show, Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale
2007 People’s Choice Award, National Museum of Wildlife Art
2002 Donald R. Miller Memorial Award, Society of Animal Artists
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