Gert Olsen

b1937

Olsen photo 2 "My sculpture is the result of working and experimenting with various materials and methods of carving. Seventeen years of cabinetry and wood sculpture evolved into stone carving which I have been doing the past twenty-five years. I work with the natural texture and color of the stone to create representative sculpture of animals, human forms and abstract shapes."

His Cararra marble comes from his many trips to Italy, resulting in importation of tons of Italian and other European marble for carving at his Florida Studio. He also works in domestic marble and Indiana limestone.

Most pieces are mounted on rotating bases for better viewing. The sculptures range from tabletop to monumental size for indoor and outdoor display.


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Medium Marble Sculpture                                     Large Marble Sculpture

 

 

Goddess of Love & Fertility

 

 

Daring & Demure

 

Daring & Demure

 

 

Storm

 

Storm

 


Emerge

 

Emerge

 

 

Rocky III

 

Rocking Bear III


 

 

 

Blase'& Bemused

 

Blase'& Bemused

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helena

 

Helena

 

 

 

 

Aphodite

 

Aphodite


 

Hide & Seek

 

Hide & Seek

 

 

 

Sailing

 

Sailing

 


 

 

Chrysalis

 

Chrysalis

 


Penguin & Chick

 

Penguin & Chick...

 

 

Moon Rosso


Moon Rosso...

 

 

 

 

Turning Bear

 

Turning Bear...

Europa

 

Europa

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Beguiled & Blase

 

Beguiled & Blase

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Reclining Woman

 

Reclining Woman

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Daphne

 

Daphne

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Muse I

 

Muse I

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Katrin

 

Katrin

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Freeform

 

Freeform

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Curves


Curves

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Freja

Freja

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Résumé

Gert Olsen was born and educated in Denmark. He immigrated to Canada in 1956 then to the United States in 1962 where he gained citizenship. He as been a resident of Florida since 1984.

Gert started his career as a woodcarver which expanded into church carving. He transitioned to stone in the late 70's.

All of Olsen's stone is personally picked from quarries and stone yards in the United States and Europe. The stone block is initially cut and shaped with modern saws and cutters, then further shaped with traditional carving equipment, including chisels both pneumatic and manual. The process continues with sanding, using many grades of sandpaper and culminates with polishing.

One of his larger commissions is a larger-than-life bear family at the Nalples Bear Museum, Naples, Florida. He has work in numerous private and corporate collections. Olsen has shown his work all over the United States at major art shows and has had work shown in galleries in New York, Michigan, Pennsylvannia, North Carolina, Virginia, Colorado, Illinois and Florida. His work is in art collections in England, Switzerland, France, Germany, Japan and his native Denmark.

He is a member of the International Sculpture Center, Washington, D.C. and has received numerous awards at fine art shows.