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David Hostetler has been a celebrated American wood carver and bronze sculptor for over 50 years. His works appear in more than 25 museums and galleries, including the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Milwaukee Museum, and the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio.
Hostetler has earned wide acclaim for his unique treatment of the feminine form, his "women." Most of his pieces begin as wood carvings, with bronze versions cast directly from the wood. In the '60s, he gained national prominence with his American Woman Series - graceful, flowing wood sculptures. He initiated the series using indigenous hardwoods (elm, white oak, walnut, maple), then progressed from folk images to stylized symbols in exotic woods (purpleheart, ziricote and pink ivory). His artwork has been featured in films, on television and in newspapers and magazines.
Hostetler's most recent installation was commissioned by Donald Trump, Lizanne Galbreath and Philip Johnson as a memorial to Ohio real estate developer and philanthropist Dan Galbreath, who was a partner in Trump International Hotel and Tower in New York City. Galbreath was a friend to Hostetler and a collector of his sculptures. The 13 foot outdoor sculpture, "The Duo," was dedicated this past July and is installed at Columbus Circle overlooking Broadway. A rough textured bronze, "The Duo" depicts two slender figures touching at the arms and seemingly grown from trees. The work was originally conceived as a tribute by the artist to his wife.
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