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Paul E Olson


Paul Olson, son of missionary parents, spent his early years in Colombia, South America, where he gained his first impressions of shape and form. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota and Master of Arts Degrees from the University of Oregon and Florida State University, and was a college English teacher and a medical librarian before becoming a sculptor. He studied sculpture at Chicago’s School of the Art Institute and at the Contemporary Art Workshop, but much of his skill is self-taught. His beautiful and sensuous works are sculpted primarily in wood. These dynamic works are full of movement and grace: they appear to flow or to fly, and they beg to be touched. Some of his recent works are somewhat kinetic with a horizontal piece just balanced on the main bottom form.  Of his semi-abstract works, Paul says:  “I want to suggest forms and feelings but not to name them directly. I like the ambiguity and the mystery and I want different people to have unique responses depending on their experiences–the mystery is crucial.”


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