Dale Lamphere

Artist of the Black Hills member Dale Lamphere

“Creating my sculpture is a process-driven love affair. I find a stone that speaks to me and begin to explore its form by drawing around it, being attentive to volume, textures and balance.

From this exploration, I then create a context in steel that supports and clarifies the impulse that originally captured my attention.

Sometimes this context becomes a synthesis that gives birth to an entirely new object; sometimes it is an echo of the stone, and sometimes simply a supportive environment. Always, it is an adventure into the unknown that nurtures my love of sculpture.” 

After forty years, professional sculptor Dale Lamphere finds the underlying truth of natural forms an enduring inspiration. The sweep of clouds across sky, wind, water and rolling landforms evoke in him a distilled and elegant response.

He has created over fifty large-scale works exploring a broad range of materials and subjects from monumental landscapes to human forms to abstract. The common thread is a sense of the natural, lyric gesture and full volume that he sees in the environment.

Lamphere has completed public commissions from the Basilica of the National Shrine, Washington, D.C., to the City of Burbank, California. Recent public art commissions are in Edmond, Oklahoma; Rapid City, South Dakota; Colorado Springs, and Kansas City.

Lamphere is nationally recognized and has received the Anna Hyatt Huntington Award and numerous honors for creative achievement. His body of work includes classic figurative sculpture, portraiture, and large-scale landforms.

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 Stainless Steel and painted steel plate - 23'x12'x5'
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