New York sculptor Paul Oestreicher has found inspiration in the
many fascinating lifestyles to which he has been exposed. Since
the age of 16, he has lived intermittently with Unami-Delaware Indians
in Oklahoma, sculpting and drawing the traditional elders, and participating
in efforts to preserve the culture and oral history of the tribe.
His pen and ink drawings have appeared in books and journals about
Native Americans. With his brother, David, he has even retraced
the routes of 17th- and 18th-century fur traders during a nine week,
one thousand mile canoe trip from Manhattan Island to Quebec City,
Canada. He has also worked as a cowboy and ranch hand in British
Paul has exhibited at several renowned galleries across the United
States. He has also had a one man show at the Adirondack Lakes Center
for the Arts, and was the Featured Sculptor for the 1993 Adirondacks
National Exhibition of American Watercolors. He was also the Artist-in-Residence
at the 1996 “Les Animaliers” Sculpture Exhibition in
Connecticut. In addition, three of his sculptures have been selected
by the State Department for exhibition in Guatemala at the Ambassador's
Residence as work representative of the United States.
often celebrated for his skill as a master of detail, Paul’s
art displays a great versatility. He has worked in nearly every
medium, from bronze sculptures to oil and acrylic paintings, as
well as musical compositions for piano and orchestra. In Paul’s
own words, “It is not whether a piece is figurative or abstract
that makes it valid as a work of art. Nor is the medium essential.
It is the vision and passion of the artist that make the difference.”
Paul Oestreicher is shown at work in his studio on a clay study
piece for the "Matthew's Journey"