About the Artist

Carl Dern was born in Salt Lake City into a family of miners, cowboys and politicians. His youth was spent there where he attended school and rode his horse Cody. He moved to San Francisco in 1960 and became a student at the San Francisco Art Institute from which he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from the University of California in Berkeley.

Carl’s media are metal, including steel, bronze and copper, and occasionally wood. His sculpture is characterized by an elegant imbalance and humor in his own iconography of chairs, ladders and trees as metaphors for the human figure. These qualities carry into his drawings, many of which he has made for books from Jungle Garden Press. Carl Dern is also known for his work in the applied arts, notably steel and bronze furniture. He lives and works in Fairfax, California.

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