Elliot Offner

American, 1931–2010

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Elliot Offner

American, 1931–2010

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A master (and longtime professor) of realist sculpture, Elliot Offner worked in wood, clay, and plaster, though he is best known for his bronzes, particularly those exhibited in public spaces. In his later years, Offner focused on wildlife, capturing the graceful movements of birds, horses, and fish, among other animals. Offner has spoken of the transcendence he found in the natural world: “I create sculpture that is reverential and evokes a sense of grandness and beauty and spirituality through art that speaks of nature, but is not nature.”

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A master (and longtime professor) of realist sculpture, Elliot Offner worked in wood, clay, and plaster, though he is best known for his bronzes, particularly those exhibited in public spaces. In his later years, Offner focused on wildlife, capturing the graceful movements of birds, horses, and fish, among other animals. Offner has spoken of the transcendence he found in the natural world: “I create sculpture that is reverential and evokes a sense of grandness and beauty and spirituality through art that speaks of nature, but is not nature.”

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