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Meet Bruce A Niemi

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bruce A Niemi.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
My father was an ornamental iron artist and self-taught sculptor so when I was 12, he taught me to weld and fabricate sculpture. My love of sculpture began and I went on to NIU to receive a BFA in Sculpture in 1981.
I became a full-time sculptor in 1987 and have been blessed with the gift of creating one of a kind sculptures throughout my career. I design and fabricate all of my sculptures and love the process from concept to finish. I am thankful to have 55 public sculptures throughout the United States and numerous corporate and private pieces worldwide.

Please tell us about your art.
I create primarily stainless steel and bronze contemporary, modern, abstract sculptures. I hope to stimulate the viewers imagination to explore and experience the way they are meant to inspire and evoke a positive energy that is uplifting. In using a heavy metal, I create forms that are fluid, graceful and have a sense of timeless beauty. My inspiration stems from my faith in God and the beauty of his creation, in essence my ideas come from shapes in nature and the energy of dance and athletics. Exploring the positive and negative shapes of these forms gives me great material for creating my work.

Given everything that is going on in the world today, do you think the role of artists has changed? How do local, national or international events and issues affect your art?
Yes, the role of Artists’ has changed, an artist has to be more aggressive in marketing their work as the competition has become more challenging with technology. Sales are affected by the stock market, when it is high and seems secure clients are more likely to purchase art, when the market is low or unstable artists feel it.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My studio is in Kenosha, WI and is open to the public by appointment. I have several public works around Chicagoland.

111th & Harlem in Worth, Il is the Eternal Flame War Memorial that honors all veterans from all wars and conflicts. Reaching for the Heights resides in front of the Chicago Heights City Hall. Always Remembered resides in front Of the Village of Hanover Park City Hall For more public art they can go to my website.

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Image Credit:
Monika Hilleary

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