Created and Sold by Stephen De Staebler

Stephen De Staebler

Winged Woman on One Leg III

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Created in 2003, this bronze sculpture is a unique cast, measuring 87 x 15 x 20.5 inches. Mr. De Staebler often used fragmented wax forms referencing the human body to assemble his works. This sculpture features a female form with a single wing, another classic element to his work. Working closely with patina artists at Mussi Artworks Foundry in Berkeley, De Staebler would determine the level of color and texture for each piece. This piece uses a minimal pallet to accentuate the texture and form. Can be found at St. Regis Hotel, San Francisco, ground floor, elevator foyer.

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Stephen De Staebler

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Stephen De Staebler, (1933-2011)
Having worked primarily in clay for the first part of his career, De Staebler began experimenting with bronze during the late 1970s. Rather than viewing the two mediums as mutually exclusive, clay’s organic and malleable qualities exerted an undeniable influence upon De Staebler’s innovative approach to casting. The first step in his process was to cast into bronze hundreds of fragments of arms, legs, wings, and “earth forms” originally made from clay and wax. From this library of bronze fragments he was then, by means of assemblage, free to create entirely new forms. Even his ostensibly finished works were often subjected to further additions, subtractions, and modifications, as if he were still ““modeling”” the material. By producing new sculptures using fragments excavated from his own art practice, De Staebler developed a signature aesthetic recognized today as uniquely his own. Many of De Staebler’s works have been commissioned for public spaces throughout the United States, in particular the San Francisco Bay Area, where he worked and lived throughout his career as a teacher and artist.

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