A look back: Andrew DeVries

Andrew DeVries: 40 years of creating beauty

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Sculptor Andrew DeVries was so sure of himself as an artist, he left school at 15 and set out to find just what he would create. Today, 40 years after he first put his hands to clay, the bronze sculptor's work has found a home in six continents, both in private and public installations.

DeVries, who has a studio in Middlefield and a gallery on Church Street in Lenox, most recently finished a commission called "Echoes," of a male dancer suspended within a Mobius strip at the moment of his reaching for eternity. The sculptor first related to dancers and the strength of their physical and mental will in 1977, when he moved to Denver and spent two years sketching in a ballet studio. Recently, he also created the Madeline Cantarella Culpo Award for the Albany Berkshire Ballet's new award.

DeVries is also well known for his large-scale sculpture "The Other Side of Eden," in which is appears a man is pushing through a wall. According to his website, DeVries considers "The Other Side of Eden" the major turning point of his early career. It was completed in 1980 while he was in Denver. "At that time, I had begun sculpting but was still drawing in the ballet studio. As a male dancer was completing his grand jet s (large leaps), he crashed in to the wall on the last one, but I saw him go through the wall or rather, I saw this sculpture," he writes.

A celebration of the artist's 40-year career will be held Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10 and 11, at his studio DeVries Fine Art International, Inc., 65 Church St., Lenox. For more information about the artist and his work, visit andrewdevries.com.

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