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.
As a boy growing up in Wisconsin, I recall my fascination for all the wildlife along the river near our house. In the spring the river would rise and then settle back, leaving all the pot holes or sloughs filled with water. This was a perfect place for the mallards to nest and raise their brood. I recall as a kid trying to catch a duckling but never did. The hen always knew how to save her ducklings, usually by diving. I am always amazed at how protective wild animals are of their young.