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 Dan Ostermiller  (1956 - )

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Lived/Active: Colorado/Wyoming      Known for: large scale, realistic animal sculpture

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Dan Ostermiller
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Monumental bronze garden sculpture of a family of bears
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Biography from Altermann Galleries and Auctioneers, I:

One of America's foremost wildlife sculptors, Dan Ostermiller works in a realist style and is admired for his extensive knowledge of animal anatomy, high level of craftsmanship, and compassionate treatment of his subjects. He is committed to studying animals in their own environments and strives to put character into his pieces. His is a fluid style that conveys grace of motion, and he quite often works on fifteen to twenty pieces at a time. Ostermiller has also taught animal anatomy and the animal characteristics around the world.

Ostermiller was raised in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and his father, Ron, was a highly respected taxidermist. As a result, Ostermiller was working with clay at an early age. As a teenager, he became his father's assistant and learned the basic skills of making an animal look life-like, from facial expressions to body language. Breaking away from taxidermy because he wanted to be more creative, Ostermiller spent time in Texas as a hunting guide, and worked on sculpting, moving to Loveland, Colorado to be close to foundries.

During this period he was estranged from his father, who was exceedingly bitter about his son's decision not to become a taxidermist. The two united in the late 1980’s when the father was dying of cancer. Ron Ostermiller lived long enough to see his son honored for his accomplishments, including the 1987 recognition by the Wyoming governor at the dedication of his monumental sculpture at the state capital.

By the late 1990’s, Ostermiller had created nearly 250 different pieces of sculpture. He had made several trips to Africa, accompanying hunters to Rhodesia, but lost his interest in hunting animals for any purpose other than photography. He has great feeling for his subjects, and no desire to harm them.

Ostermiller works from a large studio complex in Loveland, Colorado where he is surrounded by a park of his sculpture, a stream, waterfall, and grounds with wild birds. In addition to sculpting, he enjoys hiking, gourmet cooking, and collecting cars.

Ostermiller is a member of the National Sculpture Society, the Allied Artists in New York, the Society of Animal Artists, Ducks Unlimited, and the Foundation for North American Wild Sheep. His work is in such permanent collections as the Wyoming State Museum in Cheyenne, Wyoming; the Wildlife World Museum, in Monument, Colorado and Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Colorado.

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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.

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.

In 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.


Biography from Charleston Renaissance Gallery:
DAN OSTERMILLER (born 1956)

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.

This essay is copyrighted by the Charleston Renaissance Gallery and may not be reproduced or transmitted without written permission from Hicklin Galleries, LLC.

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