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John Van Alstine Sculptures

American, b. 1952

BIOGRAPHY

Born in upstate New York in 1952, John Van Alstine grew up in the southern Adirondack Mountains. After attending St. Lawrence University, Kent State University (BFA 1974) and Cornell University (MFA 1976), he joined the faculty at the University of Wyoming, Laramie, and later the University of Maryland, College Park, to teach drawing and sculpture.

In 1986 he left teaching and moved to the New York area to pursue studio work full-time. In 1987 he purchased a 19th century industrial complex on the banks of the Sacandaga River and returned to the Adirondacks where he now lives and works in the restored historic structure.

Van Alstine's work is held in many private and public and corporate collections in the United States and Europe. He has completed many large scale outdoor, site-specific commissions.

ARTIST STATEMENT

The union of stone and metal—recently rough-hewn New York slate and found object steel—are central in my sculpture. On its most basic level, the work is about the marriage of the natural with the human-made.

Stone is used as an assemblage element in the way a welder uses steel, rather than in the traditional manner of subtraction. In contrast to the timelessness of stone, the found-object steel is very time-specific—20th century industrial. The industrial and structural characteristics inherent in the metal are often employed in the work and used to physically connect or suspend stone elements. The strength of the metal allows for a "choreographing" or "floating" of typically earthbound stone.

The Sisyphean Circle Series is an attempt to draw parallels between the Greek mythological character and the plight of the artist. As we all know, Sisyphus was forced to roll a large stone up a steep hill, only to have it tumble back after reaching the top. A toil that lasts an eternity is an applicable metaphor for the creative process—especially for a stone sculptor, on both a physical and symbolic level. I am constantly pushing stone around the studio, striving to reach a creative "peak", and once there, start over on the next piece. The process is neverending.

Albert Camus, the French existentialist, in his essay The Myth of Sisyphus, used this myth to illustrat his notion that reaching one’s final destination is not of utmost importance. In fact, if one "reconsiders Sisyphus", as Camus suggests, the struggle or journey reveals itself as, ultimately, the most meaningful—an idea that I, and many others, believe is central to the creative process.

EDUCATION

Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, M.F.A., Cornell Graduate Fellowship in Sculpture, 1976 Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, B.F.A. cum laude, Sculpture, Ceramics and Glass, 1974
Blossom Festival School, Cleveland-Kent, Ohio, 1973, Studied with Richard Stankiewicz, Richard Hunt St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York, 1970-72

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Artist: John Van Alstine
Saxum Velum / Fully Freighted
By John Van Alstine
Located in Greenwich, CT
Saxum Velum / Fully Freighted, John Van Alstine
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract John Van Alstine Sculptures

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Granite, Bronze

"AUGER (cornu)", Industrial Abstract Sculpture in Metal & Stone
By John Van Alstine
Located in New York, NY
"AUGER (cornu)" by John Van Alstine Vermont slate and bronze The sculpture of John Van Alstine beautifully, and powerfully, balances the union of stone and metal, while exploring th...
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2010s Abstract John Van Alstine Sculptures

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Stone, Slate, Metal, Bronze

"RIVER LANDSCAPE (tailfin)", Industrial Abstract Sculpture in Metal & Stone
By John Van Alstine
Located in New York, NY
"RIVER LANDSCAPE (tailfin)" by John Van Alstine Slate, pigmented and sealed steel The sculpture of John Van Alstine beautifully, and powerfully, balances the union of stone and meta...
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2010s Abstract John Van Alstine Sculptures

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Stone, Slate, Metal, Steel

Ringneck
By John Van Alstine
Located in Greenwich, CT
Medium: Bronze, Granite Stone and metal, usually granite or slate and found object steel are central in my sculpture. The interaction of these materials is a major focus. On the mos...
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21st Century and Contemporary John Van Alstine Sculptures

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Granite, Bronze

Sisyphean Circle Q
By John Van Alstine
Located in Greenwich, CT
24" x 22" x 6" Slate, Pigmented and Sealed Steel The works strives to communicate on a number of different levels; physical, symbolic, and metaphorical. The duality of an eastern or...
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2010s John Van Alstine Sculptures

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Slate, Steel

Sisyphean Holiday XII (Red Semi)
By John Van Alstine
Located in Greenwich, CT
10" x 28" x 11" Small Riverstone, Slate, Pigmented and Sealed Steel The works strives to communicate on a number of different levels; physical, symbolic, and metaphorical. The duali...
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2010s John Van Alstine Sculptures

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Slate

Lunge VI
By John Van Alstine
Located in Greenwich, CT
Medium: Riverstone, Pigmented and Sealed Steel Stone and metal, usually granite or slate and found object steel are central in my sculpture. The interaction of these materials is ...
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21st Century and Contemporary John Van Alstine Sculptures

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Stone, Steel

Funambulist XV
By John Van Alstine
Located in Greenwich, CT
Medium: Riverstone, Pigmented and Sealed Steel Stone and metal, usually granite or slate and found object steel are central in my sculpture. The interaction of these materials is ...
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21st Century and Contemporary John Van Alstine Sculptures

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Stone, Steel

Cambre VI
By John Van Alstine
Located in Greenwich, CT
Cambre VI Slate and Bronze 38 x 29.5 x 9 Stone and metal, usually granite or slate and found object steel are central in my sculpture. The interaction of these materials is a major ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary John Van Alstine Sculptures

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Stone, Steel

Column VII (Kerf Column)
By John Van Alstine
Located in Greenwich, CT
Stone and metal,usually granite or slate and found object steel are central in my sculpture. The interaction of these materials is a major focus. On the most basic level the work is ...
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2010s John Van Alstine Sculptures

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Slate, Stainless Steel

Wreathe III
By John Van Alstine
Located in Greenwich, CT
Wreathe III, John Van Alstine.
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract John Van Alstine Sculptures

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Granite, Steel

Strange Fruit III
By John Van Alstine
Located in Greenwich, CT
Strange Fruit III, John Van Alstine.
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract John Van Alstine Sculptures

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Granite, Bronze

Sisyphean Holiday XXX
By John Van Alstine
Located in Greenwich, CT
Sisyphean Holiday XXX, John Van Alstine.
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract John Van Alstine Sculptures

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Stone, Steel

Sisyphean Holiday Portals and Passages
By John Van Alstine
Located in Greenwich, CT
Sisyphean Holiday Portals and Passages, John Van Alstine.
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract John Van Alstine Sculptures

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Stone, Steel

Sisyphean Holiday XXIX
By John Van Alstine
Located in Greenwich, CT
Sisyphean Holiday XXIX, John Van Alstine.
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract John Van Alstine Sculptures

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Stone, Steel

Sisyphean Circle 15-III
By John Van Alstine
Located in Greenwich, CT
Sisyphean Circle 15-III, John Van Alstine.
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract John Van Alstine Sculptures

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Slate, Steel

Blue Ara
By John Van Alstine
Located in Greenwich, CT
RECLINING FIGURE, John Van Alstine.
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract John Van Alstine Sculptures

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Granite, Steel

ON THE EDGE I (ARTIST'S PASSAGE)
By John Van Alstine
Located in Greenwich, CT
ON THE EDGE I (ARTIST'S PASSAGE), John Van Alstine.
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract John Van Alstine Sculptures

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Granite, Steel

RECLINING FIGURE
By John Van Alstine
Located in Greenwich, CT
RECLINING FIGURE, John Van Alstine.
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract John Van Alstine Sculptures

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Marble

WEDGE I
By John Van Alstine
Located in Greenwich, CT
WEDGE I, John Van Alstine.
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract John Van Alstine Sculptures

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Marble

WEDGE II
By John Van Alstine
Located in Greenwich, CT
WEDGE II, John Van Alstine.
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract John Van Alstine Sculptures

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Granite, Steel

NIDUS
By John Van Alstine
Located in Greenwich, CT
Stone and metal,usually granite or slate and found object steel are central in my sculpture. The interaction of these materials is a major focus. On the most basic level the work is ...
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2010s John Van Alstine Sculptures

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Metal, Stainless Steel, Bronze

KERF III
By John Van Alstine
Located in Greenwich, CT
Pique A Terre VIII, John Van Alstine.
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract John Van Alstine Sculptures

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Granite, Steel

TETHER (Boy's Toys)
By John Van Alstine
Located in Greenwich, CT
Stone and metal,usually granite or slate and found object steel are central in my sculpture. The interaction of these materials is a major focus. On the most basic level the work is ...
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2010s John Van Alstine Sculptures

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Granite, Metal, Stainless Steel

SLIDER IV
By John Van Alstine
Located in Greenwich, CT
Pique A Terre VIII, John Van Alstine.
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract John Van Alstine Sculptures

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Granite, Steel

LABYRINTH TROPHY I
By John Van Alstine
Located in Greenwich, CT
LABYRINTH TROPHY I, John Van Alstine
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract John Van Alstine Sculptures

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Granite, Bronze

HANGING CHAD COLUMN
By John Van Alstine
Located in Greenwich, CT
Round Mountain Landscape, John Van Alstine.
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract John Van Alstine Sculptures

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Granite, Enamel, Steel

JUGGLER XI (mallet)
By John Van Alstine
Located in Greenwich, CT
Round Mountain Landscape, John Van Alstine.
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract John Van Alstine Sculptures

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Granite, Bronze

COLUMN 12 (Strange Fruit)
By John Van Alstine
Located in Greenwich, CT
bronze and granite Stone and metal, usually granite or slate and found object steel are central in my sculpture. The interaction of these materials is a major focus. On the most b...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract John Van Alstine Sculptures

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Stone, Granite, Bronze

SISYPHEAN CIRCLE 17- I
By John Van Alstine
Located in Greenwich, CT
Stone and metal, usually granite or slate, and found object steel are central in my sculpture. The interaction of these materials is a major focus. On the most basic level, the work ...
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2010s Contemporary John Van Alstine Sculptures

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Slate, Steel

ICARUS (Frail Wings of Vanity)
By John Van Alstine
Located in Greenwich, CT
Stone and metal, usually granite or slate, and found object steel are central in my sculpture. The interaction of these materials is a major focus. On the most basic level, the work ...
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2010s Contemporary John Van Alstine Sculptures

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Slate, Steel

SISYPHEAN CIRCLE BeijngXXIII (red arc ramp)
By John Van Alstine
Located in Greenwich, CT
Stone and metal, usually granite or slate, and found object steel are central in my sculpture. The interaction of these materials is a major focus. On the most basic level, the work ...
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2010s Contemporary John Van Alstine Sculptures

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Slate, Steel

SISYPHEAN CIRCLE 7-2016
By John Van Alstine
Located in Greenwich, CT
Stone and metal, usually granite or slate, and found object steel are central in my sculpture. The interaction of these materials is a major focus. On the most basic level, the work ...
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2010s Contemporary John Van Alstine Sculptures

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Granite, Steel

POINTE 2016
By John Van Alstine
Located in Greenwich, CT
Stone and metal, usually granite or slate, and found object steel are central in my sculpture. The interaction of these materials is a major focus. On the most basic level, the work ...
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2010s Contemporary John Van Alstine Sculptures

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Slate, Steel

Sisyphean Circle (rocker 16)
By John Van Alstine
Located in Greenwich, CT
Stone and metal, usually granite or slate, and found object steel are central in my sculpture. The interaction of these materials is a major focus. On the most basic level, the work ...
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2010s Contemporary John Van Alstine Sculptures

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Slate, Steel

SISYPHEAN CIRCLE 10-16-16
By John Van Alstine
Located in Greenwich, CT
Stone and metal, usually granite or slate, and found object steel are central in my sculpture. The interaction of these materials is a major focus. On the most basic level, the work ...
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2010s Contemporary John Van Alstine Sculptures

Materials

Granite, Steel

SISYPHEAN CIRCLE (shear)
By John Van Alstine
Located in Greenwich, CT
Stone and metal, usually granite or slate, and found object steel are central in my sculpture. The interaction of these materials is a major focus. On the most basic level, the work ...
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2010s Contemporary John Van Alstine Sculptures

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Slate, Steel

KICKBACK IV
By John Van Alstine
Located in Greenwich, CT
Stone and metal, usually granite or slate, and found object steel are central in my sculpture. The interaction of these materials is a major focus. On the most basic level, the work ...
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2010s Contemporary John Van Alstine Sculptures

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Slate, Steel

ROCKSLIDE '18
By John Van Alstine
Located in Greenwich, CT
Stone and metal, usually granite or slate, and found object steel are central in my sculpture. The interaction of these materials is a major focus. On the most basic level, the work ...
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2010s Contemporary John Van Alstine Sculptures

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Slate, Steel

Ascension (Red Reamer)
By John Van Alstine
Located in Greenwich, CT
Stone and metal, usually granite or slate, and found object steel are central in my sculpture. The interaction of these materials is a major focus. On the most basic level, the work ...
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2010s Contemporary John Van Alstine Sculptures

Materials

Granite, Steel

Ara (Wile E's Lament)
By John Van Alstine
Located in Greenwich, CT
Stone and metal, usually granite or slate, and found object steel are central in my sculpture. The interaction of these materials is a major focus. On the most basic level, the work ...
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2010s Contemporary John Van Alstine Sculptures

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Stone, Steel

B'more Auger
By John Van Alstine
Located in Greenwich, CT
Stone and metal, usually granite or slate, and found object steel are central in my sculpture. The interaction of these materials is a major focus. On the most basic level, the work ...
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2010s Contemporary John Van Alstine Sculptures

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Slate, Steel

Sisyphean Circle (Tank)
By John Van Alstine
Located in Greenwich, CT
Stone and metal, usually granite or slate, and found object steel are central in my sculpture. The interaction of these materials is a major focus. On the most basic level, the work ...
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2010s Contemporary John Van Alstine Sculptures

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Stone, Metal, Steel

Sisyphean Circle (OX)
By John Van Alstine
Located in Greenwich, CT
Stone and metal, usually granite or slate, and found object steel are central in my sculpture. The interaction of these materials is a major focus. On the most basic level, the work ...
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2010s Contemporary John Van Alstine Sculptures

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Granite, Steel

Sisyphean Circle: Homage to Major Taylor
By John Van Alstine
Located in Greenwich, CT
Stone and metal, usually granite or slate, and found object steel are central in my sculpture. The interaction of these materials is a major focus. On the most basic level, the work ...
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2010s Contemporary John Van Alstine Sculptures

Materials

Granite, Steel

SISYPHEAN CIRCLE (coppewebbe)
By John Van Alstine
Located in Greenwich, CT
Stone and metal, usually granite or slate, and found object steel are central in my sculpture. The interaction of these materials is a major focus. On the most basic level, the work ...
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2010s Contemporary John Van Alstine Sculptures

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Granite, Steel

Schaats V
By John Van Alstine
Located in Greenwich, CT
Stone and metal, usually granite or slate, and found object steel are central in my sculpture. The interaction of these materials is a major focus. On the most basic level, the work ...
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2010s Contemporary John Van Alstine Sculptures

Materials

Stone, Steel

Lunge 17
By John Van Alstine
Located in Greenwich, CT
Stone and metal, usually granite or slate, and found object steel are central in my sculpture. The interaction of these materials is a major focus. On the most basic level, the work ...
Category

2010s Contemporary John Van Alstine Sculptures

Materials

Slate, Steel

COLUMN 7-16, Contemporary Abstract Outdoor Sculpture, Stone, Metal, Industrial
By John Van Alstine
Located in New York, NY
"COLUMN 7-16" by John Van Alstine Stone, galvanized and powder-coated steel The sculpture of John Van Alstine beautifully, and powerfully, balances the union of stone and metal, whi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract John Van Alstine Sculptures

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Stone, Metal, Steel

Red Hips Hula III
By John Van Alstine
Located in Greenwich, CT
Stone and metal, usually granite or slate and found object steel are central in my sculpture. The interaction of these materials is a major focus. On the most basic level the work is...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Abstract John Van Alstine Sculptures

Materials

Stone, Steel

Hudson Breach 2020
By John Van Alstine
Located in Greenwich, CT
Hyde 2021 Stone and metal, usually granite or slate, and found object steel are central in my sculpture. The interaction of these materials is a major focus. On the most basic level,...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary John Van Alstine Sculptures

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Concrete, Slate, Bronze

Upshot 2020
By John Van Alstine
Located in Greenwich, CT
Stone and metal, usually granite or slate, and found object steel are central in my sculpture. The interaction of these materials is a major focus. On the most basic level, the work ...
Category

2010s Contemporary John Van Alstine Sculptures

Materials

Slate, Bronze

"ROCKSLIDE D.T.’s", Industrial Abstract Sculpture in Metal & Stone
By John Van Alstine
Located in New York, NY
"ROCKSLIDE D.T.’s" by John Van Alstine Slate, pigmented and sealed steel The sculpture of John Van Alstine beautifully, and powerfully, balances the union of stone and metal, while ...
Category

2010s Abstract John Van Alstine Sculptures

Materials

Slate, Stone, Metal, Steel

Cambre V (Slate)
By John Van Alstine
Located in Greenwich, CT
slate, pigmented and sealed steel Stone and metal, usually granite or slate and found object steel are central in my sculpture. The interaction of these materials is a major focus...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Geometric John Van Alstine Sculptures

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Stone, Slate, Steel, Cut Steel, Stainless Steel

DIAGONAL TENDENCIES 2013
By John Van Alstine
Located in Greenwich, CT
slate, pigmented and sealed steel Stone and metal, usually granite or slate and found object steel are central in my sculpture. The interaction of these materials is a major focus...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract John Van Alstine Sculptures

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Slate, Steel, Cut Steel, Stainless Steel

ACCIACCATO III
By John Van Alstine
Located in Greenwich, CT
slate/pigmented and sealed steel Stone and metal, usually granite or slate and found object steel are central in my sculpture. The interaction of these materials is a major focus....
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract John Van Alstine Sculptures

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Slate, Steel, Cut Steel, Stainless Steel

CAMBRE IV
By John Van Alstine
Located in Greenwich, CT
oil enamel on steel stone Stone and metal, usually granite or slate and found object steel are central in my sculpture. The interaction of these materials is a major focus. On the...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Geometric John Van Alstine Sculptures

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Stone, Enamel, Steel, Cut Steel, Stainless Steel

Tiller VI
By John Van Alstine
Located in Greenwich, CT
Tiller VI 15"h x23"w x5"d Small bronze and slate Stone and metal, usually granite or slate and found object steel are central in my sculpture. The interaction of these materials is ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary John Van Alstine Sculptures

Materials

Slate, Bronze

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