About The Artist
The American sculptor, photographer and landscape architect, Paul Kasper (1922–2011) was born in Whiting, Indiana. He served as an Army medic during the Second World War, where he was awarded a Purple Heart, as well as Bronze and Silver Star Medals. He moved to Southern California after he was discharged and set up home and a studio in Whittier, where he lived for the next 60 years. He taught at the Pasadena School of Fine Arts, Scripps College and Otis College of Art and Design.
Kasper’s intricate sculptures are characterized by their dynamic, twisting forms and delicate curves. His work was expertly engineered, thanks to the metalworking knowledge that he gained during his time in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) throughout the Great Depression. Kasper’s skills were further developed in the 1950s, when he worked with Hendrik Van Keppel and Taylor Green from the influential industrial design firm VKG, who were famed for their innovative metal-framed furniture.
Usually placed on small plinths, Kasper’s welded metal constructions reveal a whimsical sensibility. Though his work is non-representational, some of the sculptures have a sense of movement and limb-like extensions that could be interpreted as abstracted figures. With their elemental compositions, comprising slender lines and intersecting geometric shapes, many of the artist’s sculptures are reminiscent of the work of Alexander Calder. However, they are endowed with a sturdier appearance due to the way in which he incorporated his acquired welding prowess throughout his constructions. This is further evidence of the artist’s resourcefulness and unbridled creativity in a lifetime spent dedicated to his craft.
Kasper worked in isolation for much of his life and never had professional representation in his lifetime. Los Angeles Modern Auctions is pleased to represent Kasper’s estate and introduce the artist’s unique work to audiences today.
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