Artist Doug Thielscher

Artist

Doug Thielscher

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The Mattina

The Mattina, 2005
Carrara Marble
13" x 32" x 19"

To Be Different

To Be Different, 2009
Carrara Marble
17" x 28" x 18"

Strive

Strive

Carrara and Nero Marquina Marble

38" x 18" x 10"

Trudy

Trudy, 2010
White Carrara Marble, Wood, Aluminum, Soil and Leaves
58 x 21 x 26"

Untitled

Untitled, 2010

Carrara Marble

17" x 14" x 18"

Id

Id

Bronze

9" x 9" x 9"

Edition 1 of 5

Potlatch 99

Potlatch 99

Bardiglio Imperiale Marble, Neon, Steel Base

38" H x 9" diameter

This Stuff is Tough

This Stuff is Tough

Bronze

18" x 13" x 17"

Edition 1 of 5

Map of Our Fist II

Map of Our Fist II

Bronze

65" h x 14" diameter

Edition 1 of 5

Map of Our Fist I

Map of Our Fist I

Bronze

78" x 32" x 5"

Edition 1 of 5

Cain #2

Cain #2, 2006
Red Persian Travertine
25" x 13" x 11"

Babble

Babble, 2008
Red Persian Travertine
42" x 13" x 16"

The Ninth Circle

The Ninth Circle, 2005
Carrara Marble
18" x 19" x 12"

The Ninth Circle

The Ninth Circle, 2002
Bronze
15" x 23" x 15"

Doug Thielscher

 

(b. 1964 San Franciso, California)

Now lives and works in Berkeley

 

Artist’s Statement

I am a self-taught sculptor who began in 2002. I learned the traditional craft of stone carving by working among the artigiani in Pietrasanta, Italy.

Some of the oldest known works of representational art are carved out of stone. Stone sculpture was perfected through the ages by the Egyptians, the Greeks, the Romans, and the famed sculptors of the Italian Renaissance. How to work with this most ancient matter, and while honoring its noble tradition also express something powerful in a completely new and authentic way? This challenge is what pushes me.

I am driven to give life to stone, an impossibly static material, and to portray the eternal and ephemeral emotions that both bind us together and drive us apart. Using this timeless substance I strive to tell the enduring stories of human interaction and feelings: of conflict and anger, of desire and fear.

Most importantly, I want to capture the moment of greatest tension in each story. I find that by reducing the composition to only the most expressive gestures of a scene, I am able to better highlight the emotional intensity at that climactic point in time. Often the resulting sculpture includes fragments of the figure. Other times, it is something more abstract.

Regardless of the narrative that I am trying to convey, I find that people invariably bring their own story to my pieces. These personal and heartfelt reactions add unexpected richness and meaning to my work.

 

 

Education
 

University of California, Berkeley.  BA in Urban Development

 

 

 

Upcoming Exhibitions

 

2015 Biennale Internazionale d' Arte di Palermo, Sant' Elia Palace, Palermo, Sicily

2015  Casa di Dante Museum, Florence, Italy

 

 


Selected Group Exhibitions

 

2014 La Grande Exposition Universelle, Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

2013               California State Fair

2012-13           Eterno, Two-person exhibition. The McLoughlin Gallery

2013               “Conjoined 3: The Final Chapter,” Copro Gallery, Bergamont Station
Santa Monica, California

2012               Visual Poetry. Winner: Best in Show 3D San Joaquin Delta College. LH Horton Jr. Gallery, Stockton, CA

2012               Juried Art Competition, South Arkansas Art Center

2011               SLAM Sculpture Show. San Luis Obispo Museum of Art

2011               No Fooling We Mean It!, The McLoughlin Gallery

2007               City of Santa Clara Biennial Indoor Sculpture Exhibition,
Santa Clara, CA

 

 

 

Publications


Rachel Bonine. Fog City Journal. Jan 2013. Review

Alan Bamberger. Art Business. Dec 2012. Review 

D. Cheng. ArtLtd. May 2011. Review

A. Weltner. New Times. Sept. 2011. Review

RWM. Art Business. April 2011. Review

 

Awards/Notifications


2013              CA State Fair, Award of Merit and Valley Sculpture Artist Award

                     Best in Show 3D. San Joaquin Delta College. LH Horton Jr. Gallery, Stockton, CA 

2012              San Francisco Museum of Modern Art SECA Award Nominee