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STEPHEN MARK PAULSEN

b. 1947, Palo Alto, California

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI

Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN

Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL

Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI

University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI

Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia, PA

Yale University Art Museum, New Haven, CT

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2012 Turned Wood – Small Treasures, del Mano - A Gallery of Fine Contemporary Craft, LLC,

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2011 Turned Wood – Small Treasures, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Selected Works, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2010-11 Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Exposition, Chicago, IL

2008-09 Turned & Sculptured Wood, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2008 Civilization As They Knew It: Work by Stephen Paulsen 1963-2008, Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia, PA

2004-06 Nature Transformed: Wood Art from the Bohlen Collection, Touring

University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI

Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL

Museum of Arts & Design, New York, NY

2005 Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Exposition, New York, NY

2003 Turned Wood – Small Treasures, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2002-04 Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Exposition, Chicago, IL

2002 Turned Wood, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2001-02 Wood Turning in North America since 1930, Touring

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN

Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, DC

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

2000 The Fine Art of Wood: the Bohlen Collection, The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI

1999 The Art of Turned Wood: Selections from the Lipton Collection, World Forestry Center,

Portland, OR

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

2004 500 Wood Bowls: Bold & Original Designs Blending Tradition & Innovation. Leier, Ray; Peters, Jan & Wallace, Kevin. Lark Books, Sterling Publications, New York, NY.

Nature Transformed: Wood Art from The Bohlen Collection. Ulmer, Sean. Hudson Hills Press, Manchester, VT.

2001 Wood Turning in North America Since 1930. Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia, PA and Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT.

2000 The Fine Art of Wood: The Bohlen Collection. Fike, Bonita. Abbeville Press, New York, NY.

1999 Contemporary Turned Wood: New Perspectives in a Rich Tradition. Leier, Ray; Peters, Jan & Wallace, Kevin. Hand Books Press, Madison, WI.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Stephen Paulsen has been painting, sculpting, and woodworking as long as he can remember. The son of an expert woodworker, he grew up with the sound of the saw and the smell of new chips.

In 1963, at the age of 15, he had his first gallery showing in Palo Alto, California, exhibiting wood sculpture and woodcut prints.

In 1971, he moved to the Pacific Northwest, where he learned the principles and practices of logging, millwork, and the manufacture of lumber. By 1973, he was back in Santa Barbara, where for three years he worked as an in-house cabinetmaker for a large industrial firm.

The creation of a small studio business, and increasing sales to galleries and through local art festivals, made it possible in 1976 for Paulsen to leave the corporation and devote full time to custom work. Joining with a fellow woodworker, he opened Paulsen and Gruenberg Woodworks, specializing in boxes and furnishings in exotic woods, as well as parts and prototypes for classic and custom automobiles. During this period, Paulsen developed a series of complex jewelry boxes and in 1978 originated his wooden scent bottles.

Going solo in 1980, he opened Paulsen Fine Art Woodworks, dedicated to the creation of one-of-a-kind pieces. Turned, carved, machined and inlaid scent bottles soon gained regional, then national attention.

The year 1985 saw the appearance of something new in American woodwork, Paulsen’s unique wall constructions. Part assemblage, part diorama, but altogether something very new, the wall constructions allowed Paulsen the latitude to take his woodworking to new levels of refinement. Turnings could be made that wouldn’t be safe in anyone’s hands. Tableaux could be created and frozen in detail; there was room for carving and inlay and painting, any approach and any material easily came into play. It was Paulsen’s dream, and he dreamed it.

By 1991, more than 300 of the wall constructions were in existence. At this time, Paulsen took two years to explore some of the painting and sculptural ideas that the excavations of the wall constructions had revealed. Dragons and spirits resulted.

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