WHEN: Born in Beach City, Ohio on December 27, 1926, his roots are Amish. Hostetler received his art degree from Indiana University in 1948 and in1949, Masters of Fine Arts from Ohio University, where he taught for 38 years. His career includes guest teaching and lecturing throughout the United States and Mexico. He retired as a full professor of sculpture from Ohio University in 1985. Some of his students who have gone on to fame include Jim Dine, whose work has been collected and exhibited internationally since 1960; David True, an artist who has exhibited at the Whitney Biennial and who now teaches at Columbia University; Harvey Breverman, a well known painter and printmaker; Glenn Randall, a leader in the field of English antiques; and Dianne Perry Vanderlip, a curator of contemporary art at the Denver Art Museum.
Hostetler first entered the artistic world by accident. During World War II, while studying as an engineer in the Army, he suffered shrapnel wounds in the leg during a training exercise in California. While recuperating for six months, he became nterested in art after receiving materials from a Red Cross volunteer. This marked Hostetler’s epiphany.
HOW: Hostetler works with indigenous hardwoods including elm, cherry, catalpa, white oak, walnut, and maple as well as the exotic woods of purpleheart, ziricote, zebra wood and pink ivory, in addition to bronze.
The Last Dance, a 60 minute documentary film on the life and work of Hostetler was completed in 2008. It captures David’s vibrant personality, philosophy on art and his life, shows the sculpting process and provides many insights into his passions. It has won numerous awards in national and international film festivals. It was awarded 4 EMMYS in 2010 and currently being aired on public television throughout the US.
Hostetler’s piece The Duo is in the pocket park at Trump International Hotel & Tower in New York City. Commissioned by Philip Johnson, Donald Trump and Lizanne Galbreath, the rough, textured bronze depicts two slender figures, seemingly growing out of trees and touching at the arms. It honors the late Ohio real-estate developer and philanthropist Dan Galbreath, Lizanne’s father, and Trumps partner in the hotel and tower. Galbreath was a Hostetler collector.
Grounds for Sculpture commissioned Summertime Lady, an eleven-foot bronze to grace the front of the museum that marks the entrance to the sculpture park. The painted and polished bronze is a female figure with Ferrari red dress and BMW black hair. Summertime Lady is an example of the painted bronzes Hostetler has created using the high quality car paint glazurit.
At age 85, Hostetler embarks on a new direction in his woodcarving and paintings. Verbiage that is deemed by some as uncomfortable in “public”, women’s lingerie, and feminine object associations are some of the elements in his paintings.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Hostetler the Carver, Ohio University
Masters of Wood Carving, Watson-Guptill
American Craftsman, National Geographic Society
Contemporary Art with Wood, Crown Publishers
SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS:
Trump International Hotel & Tower, New York, N.Y.
Boston Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA
DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA
Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ
Minneapolis Art Institute, Minneapolis, MN
Butler Institute of American Art, OH
Columbus Art Museum, Columbus, OH
Speed Museum, Louisville, KY
Ohio University, Athens, OH
Hostetler Gallery, Nantucket, MA
Muse Gallery, Columbus, OH
E.S.Lawrence Gallery, Aspen, CO