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Thomas Ostenberg MA-(RCA); ARBS

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Sculptor Thomas Ostenberg MA-(RCA); ARBS
Thomas Ostenberg

About Thomas Ostenberg

Thomas Osternberg`s WORK EXPERIENCE

1994-Present: Sculptor, London and Santa Fe, NM, USA.

1986-1990: International Financial Consultant, New York, Brazil, Spain.

1975-1986: Citibank, Vice President, Corporate Banking, Brazil, Spain.

Exhibition History of Thomas Ostenberg

Thomas Osternberg`s SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2009: -"Magister Ludi", Wanted Gallery, Notting Hill.
-"Dreaming of Olympia", Mint Leaf, London.

2008: -La Galleria, promoted by Agallery, London.
-Glyndebourne Opera Festival, Lewes, Sussex.
-The Gallery @ 49, London.

2007: -Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA, USA.
-Muse Gallery, Jackson, WY, USA.

2005: -Donna Tribby Fine Art, West Palm Beach, FL,
-Telluride Gallery of Fine Art, Telluride, CO,
-Clarke Galleries, Stowe, VT, USA.
-A Gallery, Wimbledon.

2004: -Lisa Kurts Gallery, Memphis, TN, USA.
-Peyton Wright Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, USA.

2003: -Lisa Kurts Gallery, Memphis, TN, USA.
-Robert Sandelson, Cork St. presented by Theo
Waddington, London.
-Waddington-Tribby Fine Arts, Boca Raton, FL,

2002: -Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA, USA.
-Peyton Wright Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, USA.
-Waddington-Tribby Fine Arts, W Palm Beach.

2001: -Waddington and Tribby Fine Arts, Boca Raton.
-Thomas Ingerick Gallery, Aspen, CO.

2000: -Lisa Kurts Gallery, Memphis, TN, USA.

1999: -Peyton Wright Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, USA.


2010: The Cass Sculpture Foundation, Goodwood,
W. Sussex, UK
Alan Wheatley Art, Mason`s Yard, London.
Ma (i) sonry, Napa, CA.
Anne Reed Gallery, Ketchum, ID.
Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
Lisa Kurts Gallery, Memphis, TN.
M. A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa OK.
Melissa Morgan Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA
Miriam Shiell Fine Art, Toronto
Muse Gallery, Jackson, Wyoming
Telluride Gallery of Fine Art, Telluride, CO.
Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
GGG Gallery, Nottinghill, London, UK
Theo Waddington, The Irish Art Project,
County Cork, Ireland
Richard Hagen Ltd., Broadway,
Worchestershire, UK
Clarke Galleries, Stowe, VT.
Ira Wolk Gallery, St. Helena, CA

Biography / CV of Thomas Ostenberg

A Brief Biography

Thomas Ostenberg was born in Nebraska, USA, grew up on a ranch in Colorado and subsequently spent his teenage years between Colorado and Florida. At an early age he learned of the grace, form and even the psychology of the animals he was surrounded by, both domestic and wild.

He travelled extensively throughout the USA, Canada, South America and Western Europe before studying languages at Principia College, Illinois followed by earning an MBA degree from Stanford University in 1975. He then entered the international financial world where he became a Vice President of Citibank in Brazil and Spain. In 1986 he went freelance as an independent International Financial Consultant.

At age 40, Thomas Ostenberg exchanged his successful financial career for art school. In 1994 he earned his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute, and in 1997, his MA from the Royal College of Art in London, England, aided by a grant from the Henry Moore Foundation.

Now a full time sculptor, he claims his biggest break was "discovering that I wanted to be an artist". Ostenberg maintains this change was precipitated by "fifteen years of seeing great art on three continents". In particular he cites the major Velazquez exhibition in Madrid and a visit to the Rodin Museum in Paris.

He works primarily in bronze. The power and durability of his finished pieces belie his approach to the medium, which is quite fluid and intuitive. "Sometimes I will have a bit of clay or wax in my hand, and, by playing with this lump, some image or other just begins to appear."

For his large scale works he will have a specific image in mind to represent an emotion he hopes to convey. He will start with a steel armature that is covered with an oil-based clay. Then, using his hands and later, clay tools, he defines the image. "I alternate between building up and carving back until I achieve a result I am satisfied with."

Thomas Ostenberg`s sculptures explore the theme of motion and balance. His work reflects his personal search for emotional and spiritual equilibrium. For him, the work "touches on the moment of stepping into the unknown and doing so willingly."

Ostenberg`s sculpture has been called joyful and magical, words not often applied to contemporary art. The surfaces of these bronze sculptures communicate a tangible love of process. The works contain human figures and/or frequently horses on a variety of ladders, wheels and spheres, performing acrobatics and balancing acts much like those associated with the circus.

This is not to say, however, that his sculptures are frivolous or trivial. On the contrary, what may at first appear only as a feat intended to entertain is, at a deeper level, a wonderous allegory full of hope, strength, stamina, determination. ?

The titles of Ostenberg`s sculptures alone - Notion of Place, Truth and Consequence, In Pursuit of a Clearer Understanding, Mind Over Matter, A Question of Perspective, Matter Don`t ? Matter - give a sense of positive action that results in personal and, therefore, public benefit, and an understanding of life as a gift rather than a predicament.

The sculptures themselves depict feats of enormous physical control and extraordinary mental focus. To view them is to experience triumph over contemporary malaises such as nihilism and despondency, to receive a message of calm amidst chaos - and ultimately, to feel joy in the pursuit of knowledge and truth.

He is represented by galleries in the UK, throughout the United States and Europe. He divides his time with his two sons between Santa Fe, New Mexico and London. He also retains strong ties with Brazil and France where they maintain homes.

Artist Statement of Thomas Ostenberg

Thomas Osternberg`s Personal Statement
Striving for a sense of harmony, even in the most uncertain of circumstances, inspires me to make sculpture. I aim to stimulate emotions, feelings and the imagination. I want to create an atmosphere conducive to achieving a sense of well-being, happiness and joy. My work is figurative but it is meant to be metaphorical, not simply representational. In attempting to achieve a spiritual balance in my life and work, I look for alternatives to the self-absorption, materialism and cynicism that often seem prevalent in society. I try to focus on the metaphysical rather than the evidence of the physical world.

My sculpture is somewhat autobiographical. I left a successful financial career to pursue the creation of art when I became disillusioned with the purposelessness of accumulation. I discovered that thought, when acted upon, is transformative and very powerful. In my search for equilibrium in precarious situations (be they emotional or economical), a moment of significant radical insight, brought about - not by a modification in material circumstances - but by a simple change in thought and the way those circumstances were perceived, revolutionized my life.

I think of art as a form of language in which there are two simultaneous dialogs. There is the dialog of creation, which takes place between the artist and the object of his efforts. The artist`s motivations are essential to the creative process resulting in a successful work of art but these motives may or may not be evident to the subsequent viewer. This dialog usually disappears with the passage of time

The second dialog takes place between the art object and the viewing audience. This depends on both the ability of the object to stimulate a reaction in the viewer and the personal history the viewer brings to the experience. Great art emotionally moves people. It contains honesty in both conception and execution that comes from deep within. Before Alta Mira, through out time, the greatest art has been used to communicate man`s most urgent messages. These messages are usually not clever, cynical or selfish but come from the deepest reaches of the soul.

My creative motivation stems from a search for perfection. Spirituality, I believe, is key to the further evolution of mankind. It took millions of years to evolve from amoeba to the ascension from the apes. Subsequent evolution will require the repudiation of basic animalistic instincts (formerly necessary for self-preservation in a hostile environment). In exchange, the human spirit must express more elevated qualities emphasizing harmonious interrelationships among individuals, cultures and philosophies. This development, like that of technology, will occur at an accelerated pace as it is demonstrated that aggression, in all its forms, is too dangerous for our long-term survival.

In its investigation of micro-physics/nano-technology, science is discovering that seemingly solid material objects are composed of relatively vast empty spaces surrounding ever smaller energized particles. It has also been established that an optimistic, spiritually oriented mental attitude can overcome disease and ill being. This underpins my belief in the insignificance of materiality and that Spirit (Love) is the most powerful force available to man. Historically, the most admired individuals have always demonstrated an extraordinary level of selflessness, compassion and understanding of basic goodness. Those that we most revile embodied the opposite.

I too wish to communicate through my art. By stimulating emotions I want to establish an atmosphere that allows the viewer to feel and experience art they might find meaningful. With much contemporary art irony, cleverness and pessimism are promoted as being profound, intelligent and realistic. In many cases the dialogue is inward looking, engaging only an elite group that considers the public as too naive to understand. I want my sculpture to commune with the general observer. Although the philosophy I adhere to is sadly under represented in the serious contemporary art arena, I feel it is essential to try to awaken a sense of joy in those who view my work by making what I hope are beautiful objects. In this way the work may contribute to improving someone`s existence, even if only fleetingly.

Awards and Prizes of Thomas Ostenberg

Thomas Osternberg`s Awards 2008: Glyndebourne Opera Festival, Lewes, Sussex,
Selected as the featured sculptor for the 2008

1998: Selected to represent the UK at Fabriqu`art, an
artistic program supported by the European
Selected to inaugurate ArtisTree Art Center,
Hutchinson, Kansas.

1997: Battersea Park Annual Sculpture Award, London.
Royal Society Of British Sculptors membership
Wybo Haas Award for Young British Sculptors,

1996: The Rayne Foundation Grant, London.

1995: Henry Moore Foundation Grant, London.
Worshipful Brotherhood of Founder`s Grant.

Acquisitions / Collections of work by Thomas Ostenberg

Thomas Osternberg`s collectionsVero Beach Museum of Contemporary Art, Vero Beach. Florida
Seven Bridges Foundation (Museum) , Greenwich, Connecticut
The Principia Schools Library, St. Louis, Missouri
Network Appliances Corporation, Sunnyvale, California
Rotunda Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
Sandy Lane Hotel, St. Lucia
Sporting Emporium Gambling Club, Dublin, Ireland

Private Collections

Trustee of SFMOMA

Trustee of Whitney Museum

Trustee of St Louis Art Museum

Member, Board of Directors of School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts

Former Director and head curator, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art (KC, MO)

Trustee of Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Trustee of Vero Beach Museum of Contemporary Art

A former President of the Art Dealers Association of America, and a founder of the
Art and Antique Dealers League of America, Inc.

Trustee of Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences (WV)

Trustee of Helen Day Art Center (Stowe, VT)

Trustees of University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)

President and CEO, The Federal Reserve Bank, Atlanta Regional Branch.

Academy Award nominee (twice) for best actress in a leading role.

Academy Award Winner for Cinematography, (nominated twice).

Reviews of work by Thomas Ostenberg

Thomas Osternberg`s reviews
2005: -Southwest Magazine, July, Special Issue on
Sculpture. Featured article on Thomas

2002: -Stanford University GSB Magazine, February,
Shifting Gears.

2001: -Art and Antiques Magazine, December, Thomas
-Sculpture Magazine, April, Reviews: Memphis.
-Number Magazine, N? 39, first of 2001,
Reviews: Thomas Ostenberg.

2000: -ARTnews Magazine, February, National
Reviews: Santa Fe.

Qualifications / Education of Thomas Ostenberg

1997 -MA Royal College of Art, London - Sculpture.
1994 -BFA Kansas City Art Institute - Sculpture and
1992 New York Studio School, New York, NY.
1975 -MBA Stanford University, Stanford, California -
1971 -BA Principia College, Elsah, Ill. - Languages

Publications / Media / Bibliography of Thomas Ostenberg

Thomas Osternberg`s PRESS/REVIEWS

2008: -Wharf Magazine, August, Finance king enters
his bronze age.
-The Wharf News Paper, August, From silver
and gold to bronze age.
-The London Times, September, Art lover
Wilfred Cass commmissions sculptures for
Olympics 2012.
-ARTINFO, September, British Businessman
Commissions Public Sculptures for London

2005: -Southwest Magazine, July, Special Issue on
Sculpture. Featured article on Thomas
-Telluride (Colorado) Daily Planet, July 14,
Statements of pure fantasy.
-Telluride Watch, July 12, Thomas Ostenberg
Show Opens...

2003: -Vaulting World, June, The Art of Gymnastics
on Horseback.
-The Commercial Appeal (Memphis) July 9, Ex-
banker invests in himself.

2002: -Stanford University GSB Magazine, February,
Shifting Gears.

2001: -Art and Antiques Magazine, December, Thomas
-Sculpture Magazine, April, Reviews: Memphis.
-Number Magazine, N? 39, first of 2001,
Reviews: Thomas Ostenberg.

2000: -ARTnews Magazine, February, National
Reviews: Santa Fe.

1998: -The Witchita Eagle, August 15, Searching for
art in the heart of America.
- The Hutchinson News, August 6, London
Sculptor becomes Hutchinson ?

1997: -The Evening Standard (London), May 28, Not
your common?

Influences / Inspiration of Thomas Ostenberg

Thjomas Osternberg`s Influences
The Eutruscans, Velazquez, Mattisse, Isamu Noguchi,

Price Range of Work

Thomas Ostenberg's work has a price range from £10,000 to £116,667

Mediums utilised

Thomas Ostenberg's work is found in the following materials:

Artwork Categorised

Thomas Ostenberg's work is found in the following categories on site:
Circus / Stage Performer Sculptures or Statues (7)
Horse and Rider / Jockey Sculpture / Equestrian Sculptures (5)
Horse Sculpture / Equines Race Horses Pack HorseCart Horses Plough Horsess (5)
Animals and Humans Sculptures, Statues and Statuettes (4)
Horses Abstract / Semi Abstract / Stylised / Contemporary / Modern Statues Sculptures statuettes (3)
Male Men Youths Masculine Statues Sculptures statuettes figurines (3)
Garden Or Yard / Outside and Outdoor Sculptures (2)
Animal Abstract Contemporary Modern Stylised Minimalist Sculptures
Kinetic or Mobile Sculpture or Statue
Stylized Animals Sculptures
Wall Mounted or Wall Hanging sculpture
Human Figurative Sculptures
Human Form: Abstract Sculptures
Horses Outdoors, Outside, Life Size, Big, Large, Huge Sculptures Statues memorials commissions custom made
Figurative Abstract Modern or Contemporary Sculptures Statues statuary statuettes figurines
Females Women Girls Ladies Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines
Allegorical / Parable Sculpture
Spherical Globe like Ball shaped Round Abstract Contemporary sculpture statue statuette
Round Disk, Dish, Flat Circular Ring Shaped Sculptures / Statues statuette statuary
Horses Small, for Indoors and Inside Display Statues statuettes Sculptures figurines commissions commemoratives
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