William S. Ostrie II
2002 Small Sculptures, presented table-top bronze and limestone pieces,
Galeria Jan, La Jolla, CA.
2001 Drawings and Sculpture, presented large drawings and limestone sculptures,
Art & Antique Mall
1/99 Figurative Drawings, two-person show, Albers Gallery, Memphis, TN.
3/98 The Queen, presented limestone sculpture, Stone Sculptors Supplies,
Bodies of Work
2003 Drawings for Ecstasty, small studies on paper for lifesize marble
2003 Marble Sculptures, small expressive figurative works in marble.
2003 Maquettes and Studies, various small works in plaster and bronze
executed as studies for stone sculpture.
1998-2003 Figurative Stone Sculptures, 7 works in limestone, 16"-24"
1998 Figurative Drawings, series of 30"x44" and 6"x9"
drawings for show at Albers Gallery.
1997 Ink Wash drawings, series of rapid, expressive, life-size figure
drawings in ink wash.
Commissioned Works/Work Experience/Honors
2002 Commissioned sculpture, small bronze for Westwind Corp., Del Mar,
2001 Commissioned drawing, large charcoal on gessoed canvas work for Doug
and Melisa Schwarm.
2000 Commissioned sculpture, 2' high limestone piece for Wendy Jack.
3/99 Commissioned drawings, 6"x9" charcoal pencil on paper,
Albers Gallery, Memphis, TN.
10/98 Commissioned drawing, 30"x44" chalk on paper, Albers Gallery,
9/98 Commissioned drawing, large Conte on canvas work for sculptor Julie
7/98 Invited Sculptor, Tennessee Marble Symposium, Knoxville, TN.
3-7/98 Sculpture Assistant, San Diego Art Casting Institute, San Diego,
CA. Worked on building armature and applying clay to monumental sculpture
by A. Wasil.
2002-Present Classes at Watts Atelier of the Arts, Encinitas, CA.
1995-7 Studied Fine Arts at Portland Community College and Pacific Northwest
College of Art, Portland, OR.
1990 B.A. Mathematics, Portland State University, Portland, OR.
After I graduated with a Math degree in 1990, my brother and I started
a clothing company. Designing casual wear and logos lead me back to school
for art classes, where I got hooked on life drawing with an excellent
teacher, Robert Dozono. I was also working as a handyman/contractor, and
doing a lot of cycling and skiing. Somehow this all coalesced into a desire
to make figurative sculpture, which was ignited in a stone carving workshop
in 1997 with sculptor Doug Neil. I carved my first piece so fast that
the instructor thought I was just headed towards a pile of rubble, and
was happily surprised at the male torso I came up with. I've continued
working to increase my knowledge and power of expression, improve my technical
abilities, and refine my vision of what I want to acheive in sculpture..
Statement of Purpose - Drawings
Using a model and taking a process-oriented approach, I like to build
a drawing on a combination of my ideas, what the model brings to the pose,
and the serendipity of the moment. I like to make drawings that carry
a lot of energy in the mark-making and re-create a visual experience.
Some characteristics that often come through in my drawings are a sense
for balance in the figure and composition, a tactile/sculptural approach,
and a certain intensity of expression. Underneath my use of the figure
resides the sense that we are our bodies (as opposed to merely inhabiting
Statement of Purpose - Sculpture
In carving figures in stone, I work in a vigorous manner, freely interpreting
my initial drawings and maquette to intensify expression and charge the
stone with life. I work all around a piece, striving to create an organic
whole, peeling off a layer at a time. The end form is arrived at by carving
rather than being exactly predetermined. Tool marks retain the energy
of the process, and lead the eye around the piece. Roughness and incompleteness
allude to the passage of time and to human frailty, while monumental and
athletic characteristics of the work express hope in our durability in
the face of lifes mysteries and in our ability to rise to meet life's
challenges. Each sculpture aims to be a kind of visual poem about some
aspect of human experience. Some themes I have addressed are love, ecstasy,
rapture, power, striving, contemplation, and grief. Sometimes a sculpture
has no named theme but nevertheless express a certain feeling which seems
very particular even though it remains unnamed.
Galeria Jan, La Jolla, CA. (858) 551-2053.
Albers Gallery, Memphis, TN. (901) 683-2256.
Carlsbad Village Art & Antique Mall, Carlsbad, CA (760) 730-9494.