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KEVIN BOX




Raptor on Stone Base

Bronze, #4/24
collaboration with Robert Lang
$5500



Happiness Shared

#25/100
cast stainless steel, cast bronze on marble
collaboration with Jennifer Box
SOLD
Additional editions available



White Bison Small Stainless Steel

#3/24
cast stainless steel
collaboration with Robert J. Lang
SOLD


Kevin Box was conceived in New Mexico, born in Pennsylvania, grew up in Oklahoma and received his higher education in Georgia, New York City and Texas. He now resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico with his wife Jennifer. As a boy he lived in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, beneath “the tree that escaped the crowded forest,” Frank Lloyd Wright’s only built skyscraper. Throughout high school Box studied graphic arts and apprenticed summers at an Uncles design firm in Atlanta Georgia. It was in there that Box’s passion for creativity was developed, where he formed his relationship with design and with paper.

Box received a four year scholarship to study graphic design at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Following his junior year, an Art History grant took him to Greece for three weeks, providing him the opportunity to see some of the great antiquities of the world first hand. The experience forever changed him, “I realized that all of my graphic design work was ending up in the landfill as trash and I discovered the durability of the conversation that continues through the history of art and I wanted to be a part of that.”


Box pursued this new passion by changing his major to fine art. He focused on sculpture and art in public places because in his mind “printmaking didn’t fit the challenge.” After graduating with a BFA, he left paper behind and began working in an Atlanta foundry but quickly realized there were more foundries to learn from in Austin, TX. For three years he labored under a self-imposed apprenticeship to become proficient in metal casting. By working in the foundries, he attained an exhaustive knowledge of the casting techniques and fabricating processes necessary to create durable works of art. The artists he worked for mentored him through his exploration of style as well as the business of art. Eventually his dedication helped him manage and build one of the largest fine art foundries in Texas and Box used that opportunity to develop his own voice. “The best thing I ever did was to trade a raise in pay for casting rights in the foundry. I moved to the smallest town I had ever lived in to be closer to the shop and worked there from dawn till dusk. ”


That decision afforded him the freedom of experimentation. Ignited with inspiration, a full service studio to work in and a treasure trove of paper found in the warehouse of an old print shop the foundry was renting, he started working with paper again. “It took two years of tireless experimentation for me to develop the process of casting paper into bronze, another seven years to perfect, and it continues to evolve today.”
From the beginning, Box’s work received recognition from other artists and collectors alike. His unique style married paper with the age old tradition of bronze casting and refreshed audiences. In 2004, he was elected as the youngest member of the National Sculptors Guild and was recognized by Southwest Art Magazine as one of the top 21 artists under 31 in the southwest. Box exhibited throughout the country on a vigorous schedule of festival shows that provided him with valuable feedback and direct communication to thousands of connoisseurs and collectors. He discovered the art markets of the country and professional galleries that wanted exclusive representation of his work. He continued pursuing art in public places throughout the country and in 2006, moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Box continues to push the boundaries of the casting process. His unique style and approach, combined with an innovative vision like no other, contributes to his aspiration of place within 21st Century Art History.

ARTIST STATEMENT

My work celebrates the delicate nature of paper in museum quality metal. I began my career as a papermaker, printmaker and graphic designer. The passion I have for paper, the ideas, philosophy and history it has captured for centuries, continued with me when I transitioned into sculpture. How to capture those qualities in sculptural form presented a challenge. While most of my peers were sculpting in clay and casting it into dark, heavy metal objects, I was inspired to do something different. By experimenting directly with paper and wax and working in a lost wax foundry for several years, I developed an “organic burnout” process specifically for paper that captures all of its intimate details. The technique took me two years of tireless experimentation to develop and seven years to perfect. In the beginning, I had to do every exhausting step of the process on every piece.

Today, I still begin every piece with a blank sheet of paper and manage it through the 35-step, 12-week process of casting with the help of fine art foundry teams. Pieces are cast in bronze, aluminum or stainless steel depending on the design requirements. Bronze for its ability to capture detail, aluminum for its light weight, and stainless steel for its strength. The results are unique or limited edition castings, forged by hand and completed with finishes that return it to the look of the original paper.

Many of the works are designed to withstand the outdoors, the test of time, as well as fingertips. Please touch; I invite you to explore the work in its physical form. Be touched; I invite you to discover the meaning of the work, the stories and ideas beneath its surface.

Origami, paper planes, crumpled ideas and innovative abstraction are all themes that inform the surface of my work. Every piece has a title, a reason, and a purpose in contributing to the story I am telling beneath the surface. Motivating the content of the work are my concepts of truth, my philosophy of chaos and consciousness, creation and evolution, the process of creativity and our relationships and responsibilities to one another.

EDUCATION

1999 – 2002 Fine Art Foundry and production management Austin, TX

1999 Bachelor of Fine Arts, School of Visual Arts New York, NY

1995 Graphic Arts Diploma, Tri County Tech Bartlesville, OK 1994 Pratt Institute Brooklyn, NY

1993 Eagle Scout Bartlesville, OK

EXPERIENCE

2002 – present Professional Artist and Sculpture Studio Santa Fe, NM

2007 – present Foundry Consultant/Client Sai Noi, Thailand

2000 – 2002 Deep in the Heart Art Foundry: Production Manager Bastrop, TX

1999 – 2000 Michael Hall’s Studio Foundry: R&D Driftwood, TX

1999 Pogue Sculpture Studio and Foundry Marble Falls, TX

1999 The Inferno Art Foundry Atlanta, GA

1998 Alice Aycock Studio: Public Art Apprenticeship New York, NY

1997 – 1998 The Corcoran Studio for Sculpting: Studio Manager Atlanta, GA

1998 – 1999 West Side Campaign against Hunger: Volunteer New York, NY

1994 – 1998 Coker Golley Ltd: Digital graphics and package design Atlanta, GA

1995 Tri-County Tech: Teaching assistant Bartlesville, OK

Honors and Awards

2012 Santa Feans You Should Know: Santa Fean Magazine National

My World: Southwest Art Magazine Sculpture Issue National

Sculpture Judge: Indian Market Santa Fe, NM

M.R.B.A. Award of Excellence: Sculpture at the River Market Little Rock, AR

2010 Featured Cover Artist: Southwest Art Magazine Sculpture Issue National

Purchase Prize: Sculpture at the River Market Little Rock, AR

2009 Merit Award: Sculpture at the River Market Little Rock, AR

Everlasting Friendship Honor Oita, Japan

2008 Best in Sculpture: Austin Fine Art Festival Austin, TX

2007 Innovative Artists of the Southwest: Southwest Art Magazine National

Best in Show: Sculpture at the River Market Little Rock, AR

Best in Show: Bayou City Art Festival Houston, TX

Best in Sculpture: Austin Fine Art Festival Austin, TX

2006 Ten week Studio Residency: Gordon Studio Santa Fe, NM

2005 Top 21 Artists Under 31: Southwest Art Magazine National

Best in Sculpture: Art Fest Dallas, TX

2004 Top Ten Austin Visual Artists: Austin Visual Arts Association Austin, TX

1998 Presidential Grant: School of Visual Art New York, NY

1995 Rhodes Grant: Four Year Scholarship School of Visual Arts New York, NY

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

1994 – present National Sculptors’ Guild

1999 – present International Sculpture Center

2005 – 2006 Business Networking International

COMMISSIONS AND PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

2013 Master Peace 24′ tall monument for Origami in the Garden

Origami Pegasus 24′ tall, Billingsley Co. Dallas, TX

2012 SilicAspire, Pima County Department of Transportation Tucson, AZ

Folding Planes, Greenspoint Development Authority Houston, TX

White Bison, monumental collaboration with Dr. Robert J. Lang Aspen, CO

2011 Temple Mandala and Star Mandala, El Dorado Hotel Santa Fe, NM

Red Pony Monument, Booth Western Art Museum, Permanent Collection Cartersville, GA

Four Seasons, Oklahoma Central University Edmond, OK

From The Tree and Red Paper Dress, Public Sculpture Walk Whittier, CA

Rock Paper Scissors, University Medical Center Plaza Omaha, NE

Rising Cranes, Paseo Del Mar Santa Monica, CA

Five Books of Wisdom, Parkview Hospital Toledo, OH

2010 Symbols, African American Performing Arts Center Albuquerque, NM

Unique, Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC

Blowing Leaves, Greenspoint Development Authority Houston, TX

Dancing Pony, Peabody Sculpture Garden Little Rock, AR

2009 Star of Restoration, Mescalero Apache Reservation Mescalero, NM

Origami Pony, NM State Fairgrounds Farmington, NM

Mill Stone, International Hotel Morocco, Africa

Public Impressions, Greenspoint Development Authority Houston, TX

2008 Painted Pony, Wildlife Experience Museum Parker, CO

Non-Fiction Book Bench , City of Cerritos Cerritos, CA

Paper Planes, Little Rock Airport Little Rock, AR

Restoration Series, City of Paramount Paramount, CA

Descending Cranes, Virginia Museum of Animal Art Charlottesville, VA

Crane Unfolding, Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, KY

Garden Song, University of Perth Perth, Australia

Crane Unfolding, City of Oita Oita, Japan

Dancing Ladder, Westminster, CO

2007 Rock Paper Scissors, Longview Museum of Art Longview, TX

Plane Folding, City of Little Rock Little Rock, AR

Crane Unfolding Monument, City of Little Rock, AR Little Rock, AR

Pony Pair, Benson Sculpture Garden Loveland, CO

Crane Unfolding, Old Oaks Ranch Sculpture Garden Wimberley, TX

2006 Pony Monument and Star Unfolding, City of Paramount Paramount, CA

Crane Unfolding, Fine Arts Institute of Edmond Edmond, OK

2005 Moonlight Sonata, Austin Symphony Austin, TX

Star Unfolding, Fine Arts Institute of Edmond Edmond, OK

2004 Baptismal Font & Cross, Saint Bartholomew’s Cathedral Wayzata, MN

2003 Garden Song, Institute of Applied Ontology Dahlonega, GA

FEATURED EXHIBITIONS and ONE MAN SHOWS

2014 Origami in the Garden” monumental summer exhibition: Santa Fe Botanical Gardens

“Tijeras de papel roca” One Man Show: Gallery Pez Gordo Cabo San Lucas, MEX

“Paper Work” One Man Show: Selby Fleetwood Gallery Santa Fe, NM

“Pegasus Unfolding” Craighead Green Gallery Dallas, TX.

2013 Craighead Green Gallery: Featured Artist: Dallas, TX

“Pez Gordo” One Man Show: Gallery Pez Gordo Cabo San Lucas, MEX

“Paper Proof” One Man Show: Selby Fleetwood Gallery Santa Fe, NM

SPECTRUM Miami: Featured Artist: Miami, FL

2012 “The Art of Unfolding” Turquoise Trail Sculpture Garden and Studio Cerrillos, NM

“Conversation Peace” Solo exhibition Thornwood Gallery Houston, TX

“Conversations in Paper” Solo exhibition Selby Fleetwood Gallery Santa Fe, NM

“Beneath the Folds” Featured exhibition Dragonfly Gallery Martha’s Vineyard, MA

2011 “Collaboration” Warren Cullar and Kevin Box, Longview Museum of Fine Arts Longview, TX

“Xhibit” group show, Preston Contemporary Art Center Mesilla, NM

“Paper Navigator”, one man show, Selby Fleetwood Gallery Santa Fe, NM

“Delicate Details”, one man show, Ramey Fine Art Gallery Palm Desert, CA

2010 “Flight of Folds” solo exhibition, Selby Fleetwood Gallery Santa Fe, NM

“Be-Leafs” solo exhibition, Thornwood Gallery Houston, TX

“One of a Kind” solo exhibition, Dolce Gallery Telluride, CO

2009 “Black and White” solo exhibition, Thornwood Gallery Houston, TX

“Land, Air and See” featured exhibition, Selby Fleetwood Santa Fe, NM

2008 “Kevin Box” January solo exhibition, Thornwood Gallery Dallas, TX

2007 “Geometry of Light” solo exhibition, Thornwood Gallery Houston, TX

2006 “In the Fold” exhibition, Tokyo Electron US Headquarters Austin, TX

“Paper Planes” one man show, Tansu Gallery Houston, TX

“Voices from the Garden”one man show, Columbine Galleries Santa Fe, NM

Tucson Museum of Art “Emerging Artists Showcase”, Karen Newby Gallery Tubac, AZ

2005 “Just Unfolding” 21 under 31, National Sculptors’ Guild Santa Fe, NM

2004 “Humming Words”, Driskel Hotel Gallery Austin, TX

“Top Ten Artists of Austin”, Austin Visual Arts Association publication Austin, TX

2001 “Fluorescence” The Art of Blooming, Lotus Gallery Bay City, TX

2000 “Forging Memory”, Laughing at the Sun Art Gallery Austin, TX

1999 “Seed”, 17th St. Sculpture Gallery New York, NY

1998 “Plane States”, School of Visual Arts Sculpture Studio New York, NY

JURIED EXHIBITIONS

2011 – 2013 National Sculptors’ Guild Annual show Loveland, CO

Sculpture in the Park, Benson Sculpture Garden Loveland, CO

2010 Art Prize, Fredrick Meijer Sculpture Garden Grand Rapids, MI

Sausalito Fine Art Festival Sausalito, CA

SOFA Chicago Chicago, IL

La Quinta Art Festival La Quinta, CA

Sculpture at the River Market Little Rock, AR

National Sculptors’ Guild Annual show Loveland, CO

Sculpture in the Park, Benson Sculpture Garden Loveland, CO

2009 Windows to the Divine, MADDEN Museum of Art Madden, CO

Sausalito Fine Art Festival Sausalito, CA

SOFA Chicago Chicago, IL

La Quinta Art Festival La Quinta, CA

Sculpture at the River Market Little Rock, AR

National Sculptors’ Guild Annual show Loveland, CO

Sculpture in the Park, Benson Sculpture Garden Loveland, CO

2008 SOFA Chicago Chicago, IL

Knoxville Museum of Art Knoxville, TN

The Albuquerque Museum Albuquerque, NM

La Quinta Art Festival La Quinta, CA

Sculpture at the River Market Little Rock, AR

Austin Fine Art Festival Austin, TX

National Sculptors’ Guild Annual show Loveland, CO

Sculpture in the Park, Benson Sculpture Garden Loveland, CO

2007 Austin Museum of Art Austin, TX

Sculpture at the River Market Little Rock, AR

Bayou City Art Festival Houston, TX

Oklahoma Festival of the Arts Oklahoma City, OK

National Sculptors’ Guild Annual show Loveland, CO

Sculpture in the Park, Benson Sculpture Garden Loveland, CO

Cottonwood Art Festival, Fall and Spring shows Dallas, TX

2006 Bayou City Art Festival Houston, TX

Austin Fine Arts Festival Austin, TX

Scottsdale Festival Fine Art Festival Scottsdale, AZ

Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts Oklahoma City, OK

ArtFest Dallas, TX

National Sculptors’ Guild Annual show Loveland, CO

Deep Ellum Art Festival Dallas, TX

Sculpture in the Park in Benson Sculpture Garden Loveland, CO

Cottonwood Art Festival, Fall and Spring shows Dallas, TX

2005 ArtFest Dallas, TX

National Sculptors’ Guild Annual show Loveland, CO

Edmond Fine Art Institute Edmond, OK

Texas Metal Arts Gruene,TX

Deep Ellum Art Festival Dallas, TX

Sculpture in the Park, Benson Sculpture Garden Loveland, CO

Cottonwood Art Festival, Fall and Spring shows Dallas, TX

2004 Texas Metal Arts Gruene,TX

Deep Ellum Art Festival Dallas,TX Sculpture in the Park in Benson Sculpture Garden Loveland, CO

Cottonwood Art Festival, Fall and spring shows Dallas, TX

2003 McKinney Art and Jazz Festival McKinney, TX

Cottonwood Art Festival, Fall and Spring shows Richardson, TX

The Texas Society of Sculptors, Umlauf Sculpture Garden Austin, TX

2002 Cottonwood Art Festival, Fall and Spring shows Richardson, TX

The Texas Society of Sculptors, Umlauf Sculpture Garden Austin, TX

2001 Spazzio Gallery Austin, TX

The Texas Society of Sculptors, Umlauf Sculpture Garden Austin, TX

2000 Lotus Gallery Bay City, TX

Unframed, Flatbed Press Gallery and Studio Austin, TX