Alexander Calder was born on July 22, 1898 in Lawnton Pennsylvania.
His art career did not begin as headstrong as other artists. Due to his parents worries he would suffer a challenged life as an artist, he decided to study mechanical engineering instead. From then on he held a mix of jobs including hydraulic engineer and draughtsman.
However, while living with his sister in Aberdeen, Washington, he was inspired by the beautiful mountain scenery and wrote home to request his paints and brushes back. From here, Alexander moved to New York and enrolled in the Art Students League where he first became fascinated with the circus. In 1926, Calder journeyed to Paris and established a studio in the Montparnasse Quarter, however, he eventually settled into a studio in the valley of the Lower Chevriere. He died unexpectedly in 1976 due to a heart attack.Calder produced a large variety of works.
His most famous are his many types of sculptures. He first created sculptures, inspired by the circus, that moved: some by the wind and slightly unbalanced sides which he called mobiles. Others were motorized. He also produced static sculptures he called “stabiles”. In addition, Calder made stage sets for more than a dozen plays. He even tried his hand at painting and printmaking which often featured thin lines around brightly colored geometric shapes. Finally, in the 1950’s Calder focused on monumental sculptures for mass public viewing in areas such as airports and the 1968 Olympics.
Most interestingly, he once painted and entire aircraft for Braniff international airways in 1972.I will be modeling my design off of Calder’s two prints: Untitled, 1973, and La Memoire Elementaire 9, 1970. I enjoy the simple moon, star and circle shapes as well as the variety in how they are filled in. They also have a very youthful vibe to them, like a child made them, which I think my bracelet might turn out like.