Craig Lehmann’s bronze sculptures of stylized figures with subtle patinas romanticize an era in which life seems almost mystical. Craig Lehmann focuses on elongated, featureless figures and joins them together to form scenes that depict idealized interactions between adults, children, and both domesticated and wild animals. Craig Lehmann’s elongated figures convey the elegance of primitive beauty that many overlook in this fast paced, technological era. Each bronze sculpture of Craig Lehmann is created through a process of simplification and according to Craig Lehmann, “the end result should make you feel good, relaxed and calm.”
Craig Lehmann grew up in smaller towns of Wyoming, Texas, Colorado and New Mexico. He enjoyed the peacefulness and solitude that he experienced in the mountains and the prairies of the West and has come to value the portrayal of this peacefulness and solitude in his bronze sculptures. Beginning with an admiration for more primitive art, Craig Lehmann became interested in different cultures many years ago. Craig Lehmann's favorite subjects include village life in Africa and the design orientation of American Indian art. His figurative bronzes center around the interaction of adults and children, families and their animals and often include a subtle sense of humor as well as simplistic and mystical qualities.
Lehmann's collectors are fascinated with the serene mystical quality of his bronzes. These stylized sculptures have a simplicity of subject matter and surface quality. There is a definite feeling of peacefulness and an introspective sense of solitude to the “visual poetry” that Craig Lehmann considers each of his sculptures to be a part of.
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