Papa’s Chihuahua


18 X 7 X 7.5

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b.1926 - 1986

Sculptor, painter, and printmaker, Jasper D’Ambrosi greatest strength was in his bronze sculpture. Because of meticulous attention to detail and research, his bronzes projected his empathy with people and their surroundings.

A native Californian, he graduated cum laude from USC; headed the graphic arts department of Douglas Aircraft and later his own graphic design company, specializing in custom silk screen printing, graphics designs and decorator products.

During this time D’Ambrosi never abandoned his painting, drawing and sculpting. Exhibiting in many group and one-man shows around southern California, he was recognized as one of the outstanding artists in the area. Participating in juried competition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the National Orange Show and elsewhere, he amassed numerous awards.

In 1970 he made the choice to sell his design business and devote full time and energy to fine art. He found working in bronze exciting and challenging and the medium seemed especially suited to his talents. Pioneering the intricate detail of Western Bronzes, this renowned sculptor has produced several “American Classics” which have allowed literally thousands of modern day people to reflect on and experience in some way how it felt to live and work a generation or so ago. This experience greatly enriches ones view of history.

“By involving real people, the artwork takes on a more realistic feel. People are basically the same today as they were a hundred years ago, and by seeking reactions from people I can better understand the situations I create in my art. If I can create something that will relate a feeling or an emotion to any set of eyes, be the eyes of the past, present, or future, then I feel that I have captured a moment in history.”

Jasper D’Ambrosi Sculpture, Bronze 18 X 7 X 7.5 (Interest categories: Bronze, Little Boy, Imagination, Sculpture, Sculptures and Accent Pieces, Fine Art, Art Gallery, Jasper D’Ambrosi Artist)

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Monday – Saturday 9:30AM-5:30PM
Sunday: 9:30 AM-5:00PM

Workshop Materials List

1. Clay – Chavant Le Beau Touche. Get the regular clay, not HM (high melt).
2. Clay warming devices, a metal bucket with a clamp on heat lamp or 100 W bulb works great.
3. Tie wire.
4. Aluminum foil.
5. Scissors.
6. Favorite sculpture tools.
7. Plank of wood (pine) approximately 8″ x 8″ x 2″.
Bring as many planks as you wish…the wood is used as the base for your sculpture.
8. Plumber’s pipe, 1/2″ threaded: Bring several different lengths…up to 10″…not PVC pipe.
Plumber’s pipe T joint.
Plumber’s pipe couplers.
Plumber’s pipe flange.
9. Screws and screwdriver to secure the flange to wood…this may be done before you arrive. (Place flange in the center of plank)
10. Wire cutters
11. Needle nose pliers
12. Rubber mallet.
13. Spatula
14. Measuring devices such as rulers, measuring tape, dividers, and calipers.
15. Because we concentrate on BIRDS IN FLIGHT, live models in the classroom are more distracting than useful. I will demonstrate the technique of constructing a cantilevered bird armature that can be used for many different bird species and will show you how to assemble shapes to capture the “gist” of the specific bird.
16. Bird field guides such as Peterson, Stokes, Golden, or Sibley. Sibley’s Guide to Birds (not Sibley’s Guide to Bird Life and Behavior) is best if bringing only one field guide. This popular book can usually be purchased at any bookstore.
17. Bring your laptop to the class if possible.
18. Bring your sketchbook.

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