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 Star Liana York  (1952 - )

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Lived/Active: New Mexico/Maryland      Known for: sculpture-Indian figure-animal

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following information was submitted in July of 2006 by the artist:

Star Liana York grew up in Maryland, daughter of a professional ballerina and a talented woodworker.  Always displaying a strong affinity for animals as a child, she purchased her first horse as a teenager and began competing in speed events and rodeos.  She operated a horse boarding and training business through college (graduating form the University of Maryland in Studio Art) but always dreamed of coming out West.  This dream was realized about 20 years ago when she located a casting facility in Santa Fe, New Mexico, moved there and has used the foundry ever since.

Only two years after arriving in the Southwest, Star was gaining recognition at art competitions enough for South West Art Magazine to do an article on her work.  Since then her sculpture has been on the cover of Southwest Art, Art Talk, New Mexico Magazine and others.  She was chosen as one of the 30 most influential artists in Southwest Art’s 30 years issue.  Several museums have her sculpture in their collections, and in 1999 she was given a one-woman show at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Star resides with her husband, Jeff Brock in their horse ranch near Abiquiu, North of Santa Fe, on the Chama River.  Their shared passions are raising Quarter horses and creating art.  Star feels that working with the horses and sculpting make for the right balance in her life, tho both disciplines require a creative approach, sensitivity and patience to be successful.  Star strives to remain open to many unique aspects the region has to offer.  “The Southwest is blessed with such rich cultural, aesthetic, and spiritual complexities that inspiration is always at hand.  The colorful heritage of the Pueblo and reservation peoples as will as the ranching communities, present timeless themes and subjects.  My goal is to capture in bronze the universal humanity reflected in the gesture of a caring Sheppard girl, the sleepy grin of a bobcat or the playfulness of pregnant mare.  These subtleties of character, personality, and expression are the most challenging and most rewarding part of my art.”


Biography from Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery Santa FeTucson:
Star Liana York (b. 1952) grew up in Maryland, daughter of a professional ballerina and a talented woodworker. Always displaying a strong affinity for animals as a child, Star Liana York purchased her first horse as a teenager and began competing in speed events and rodeos. York operated a horse boarding and training business through college (graduating from the University of Maryland in Studio Art) but always dreamed of coming out West. This dream was realized about 20 years ago when York located a casting facility in Santa Fe, New Mexico, moved there and has used the foundry ever since.

Only two years after arriving in the Southwest, Star Liana York was gaining recognition at art competitions enough for South West Art Magazine to do an article on her work. Since then her sculpture has been on the cover of Southwest Art, Art Talk, New Mexico Magazine and others. Star Liana York was chosen as one of the 30 most influential artists in Southwest Art's 30 years’ issue. Several museums have her sculpture in their collections, and in 1999 she was given a one-woman show at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Star Liana York resides with her husband, Jeff Brock in their horse ranch near Abiquiu, north of Santa Fe, on the Chama River. Their shared passions are raising quarter horses and creating art. Star Liana York feels that working with the horses and sculpting make for the right balance in her life, though both disciplines require a creative approach, sensitivity and patience to be successful. Star Liana York strives to remain open to many unique aspects the region has to offer. "The Southwest is blessed with such rich cultural, aesthetic, and spiritual complexities that inspiration is always at hand. The colorful heritage of the Pueblo and reservation peoples as well as the ranching communities, present timeless themes and subjects. My goal is to capture in bronze the universal humanity reflected in the gesture of a caring shepherd girl, the sleepy grin of a bobcat or the playfulness of pregnant mare. These subtleties of character, personality, and expression are the most challenging and most rewarding part of my art."

Selected Exhibitions
Museums
1998 - One Woman Show, The Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK
1991-4 - Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ "Woman & The West"
1989, 1992, 1993 - Nita Haley Library & Museum, Western Art Show
1986 - Pioneer Museum, Colorado Springs, CO
1985 - Canton Museum, Canton, OH

Invitationals
1996 - National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY
1992-1996 - The Classic Art Show, Albuquerque, NM, (Awarded Best of Show in Sculpture for "Ganado Red" in 1994)
1988 - Trails West, Laguna Beach, CA "Rancho de Santa Fe" Invitational
1991-1993, & 1996 - Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM

Shows
2007 - The Southwest in Bronze, solo, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2007 - Arizona: A Millennium of Arizona Art, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ
1998 - The Art of Loving, Invitational, Bennington Center for the Arts, VT
1985 - Cowgirl Hall of Fame, Hereford, TX
Selected Awards
1994 - Best of Show, The Classic Art Show, Albuquerque, NM
1990 - Western Artist of the Year, Collectors Society, Minneapolis, MN
1989 - Judges Merit, Minneapolis Western & Wildlife Art Exhibition, MN
1987 - Council of American Artists Society Award, Catherine Lorillard Art Club, New York, NY
1987 - Best of Show, Traditional Western Art Show, Gallup, NM
1986 - Buckaroo Heritage Award, Indian Heritage Award, Western Art Roundup, Winnemucca, NV
1982 - First Place, Miniature Painters, Gravers, Sculptors Society of Washington, DC
1981 - Second Place, Miniature Painters, Gravers, Sculptors Society of Washington, DC
1979 - First Place, Miniature Painters, Gravers, Sculptors Society of Washington, DC

Selected Publications
2001 - “30 Stars of 30 Years featured as one of the most significant and influential artists of the last 30 years” by Southwest Art Magazine
2000 - Horse Power in Life and Art, Cover artist for the Equine Image
1999 - Horse Power, Pasatiempo, The New Mexican, Art of the West
1998 - Art Talk
1997 - Leading the West: 100 Contemporary Painters and Sculptors by Don Hagerty, Northland Publishing, New Mexican, InformArt, “Covering the West” Cover artist of Southwest Art Magazine
1996 - New Mexican
1995 - Southwest Art Magazine
1993 - New Mexico Magazine
1991 - Art & Antiques
1989 - Art of the West
1988 - Wildlife Art News
1987 - Cowgirl Art: How the West was Really Won, Santa Fe Reporter, Southwest Art Magazine, Albuquerque Journal Magazine, Midwest Art

Biography from Mark Sublette Modern:
When Star Liana York moved to the Southwest in 1985, she felt immediately drawn into the landscape of contemporary American culture, particularly the mythic, heroic aspects of traditional Western lifestyles.

York, raised in Washington, D.C., found her creativity nurtured by her mother, a ballerina, and her father, who built the sets in front of which her mother performed.  She attended the University of Maryland and then worked as artist-in-residence at a community college in Maryland, where she taught classes in metal design and lost-wax processes.  In addition, she fabricated figures for display at the Smithsonian Institution, and for sale through mail-order companies.

As York encountered the Native Americans and other residents of the Southwest after she moved to New Mexico, her work shifted from illustrative, detailed narrative to more emotionally charged interpretations.  Stories told by old-time Westerners, or an invitation to observe a private coming-of-age ceremony for a Navajo girl, led York to understand the personal gestures.  She probed an individual's emotions, to communicate those characteristics that make each of her subjects unique.  "I try to show the Indian philosophy of life," York says.

York focuses on three-dimensional "people portraits" and wildlife subjects.  In her studio, located near Abiquiu, New Mexico, York creates bronze sculptures noted for their imaginative moods.  There is no reliance on preliminary sketches, nor models, and she rarely uses photographs.  The sculpture is assembled in her mind as she searches for ideas that make people or animals real.  When the idea arrives, she begins with clay, shapes the form until ready for a silicon mold, then finally casts the image in bronze.  York utilizes various patinas, from polychrome and golden brown to occasional swaths of color.

Biography from Meyer Gallery Scottsdale:
Star Liana York is one of the most prominent female sculptors of the Southwest.  York tells the story of her own discoveries through her art.  While her career as a professional artist began over twenty years ago, much of the recognition she has achieved comes from a body of work created after moving to the Southwest in 1985.  It reflects her introduction to the Native peoples of the area – Navajo, Apache, Hopi, and Pueblo – as well as the wildlife and unique rock art.

York has been a featured cover artist of New Mexico Magazine as well as Southwest Art and was one of four women to be included in the traveling exhibit, Covering the West – 25 Years of Southwest Art.  Her numerous awards include the Buckaroo Heritage Award (1986, Western Art Roundup, NV), Western Artist of the Year (1990, Collectors Society, MN), and Best of Show (1994, Classic Art Show, NM). York is being featured in Leading the West: 100 Contemporary Painters and Sculptors by Don Hagerty, Northland Publishing (September, 1997).

In the narrative tradition of American Art of the West, York’s work succeeds in capturing authentic aspects of the past and interpreting historic figures with convincing realism.  In addition, pieces such as Gathering the Flock and Koshare! document a cultural tradition which still remains in existence today.

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