Gerald Balciar's fascination with animals dates back to his childhood days growing up in rural Wisconsin amidst the dairy farms and northwoods. His repertoire of work ranges from small scale creations to heroic and monumental installations. A consummate artist, Balciar is involved in all facets of creating bronzes; from making his own molds to chasing his own waxes, welding and applying the patina and finishing touches. In 1995, he carved an 18' tall marble sculpture of a cougar from a single piece of marble which is installed at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.
"I learn from nature and nature is my inspiration. I guess I would simply state my artistic philosophy as my desire to create shapes and forms that are pleasing to my eye and to the eyes of others, mainly collectors."
Click on the images below to view Gerald Balciar's artwork available for sale at this year's show.
The roadrunner is one of my favorite subjects. When in Arizona I will drive the roads of the Saguaro National Park, East and West, until I see one. I enjoy hearing their call. They make a sound similar to the cooing of the dove. I chose to have the bird sitting on a dead cholla branch as I find it interesting with all the holes. When hollowed out it makes a good hiding place for lizards.