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.
Pride & Joy
I like to portray the gentle side of nature in my bronze and marble sculptures. Pride & Joy depicts a trumpeter swan family. Mated for life, both the pen and cob share the responsibility for raising the cygnets. I enjoy watching the swans at the Elk Refuge in Jackson, Wyoming.