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Douglas Ihlenfeld

I am a contemporary abstract sculptor artist working with non-ferrous metals, bronze being the primary metal. Growing up in the country on an old farm, I was inspired by watching my father welding and creating sculptures with an oxyacetylene torch. This welding process is not widely used today in the trade. Also encouraging was living at the estate of the artist Harry Bertoia for a decade.  

With a heavy mechanical and electrical background, as well as becoming a certified welder, I started creating my own line of work. Most of the artworks are created at my studio and home in Berks County, PA.

I enjoy coming up with numerous ideas and challenge myself to bring them into creation. Beginning with drawings and sometimes a maquette, allows me to make a decision for a larger piece. All works are welded with oxyacetylene. The final step is to often apply a form of color or oxidation which makes the works more appealing. As these works are made for the outdoors as well as indoors, nature continues to enhance the beautiful patina.