An artist that has inspired me in many ways from the materials used, the use of color, and his innovative shapes, is Alexander Calder. My first artist for the Artist to Know series.
Alexander Calder (1898 - 1976)
He was famous for developing the mobile as a three-dimensional kinetic art form. In addition to Mobile's he did sculptures, paintings, lithographs, toys, and jewelry. He is one of the most acclaimed and influential sculptor of our time.
He was born in Lawnton Pennsylvania.
In 1915 he went to Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ to study mechanical engineering.
When he decided he wanted to be an artists he went to the Art Student League in New York City to study art.Calder's work elegantly combines elements of Abstraction, Surrealism and Constructivism. His first public commission for mobiles was in 1937 for the Berkshire Museum. He has permanent pieces including mobiles and sculptures all over the world. His pieces can be found in museums, city public buildings, the JFK Airport, and he also had a piece that was in the World Trade Center North Tower that was destroyed 9/11/2001.
All the images are from the Calder Foundation Website