David Eisenhour is an artist living and working on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. He was born and raised in rural Pennsylvania and after graduating from high school spent four years in the army. Two of those years were in Germany where he discovered his first artistic medium – black and white photography. Upon returning home he searched out a small fine arts foundry in Virginia and was hired as a fabricator doing welding, assembly and finish work on sculpture. He painted using watercolors during this time but quickly switched to making sculpture. In 1986 he cast his first sculpture in bronze.
In 1992 David moved to Washington to join the guild at Riverdog Fine Arts Foundry. Here he worked in all phases of the casting process with Northwest artists including Tony Angell, John Hoover, Tom Jay, Phillip Levine, Phillip McCracken and Ann Morris. David’s work was greatly influenced by these interactions. In 2003 David left Riverdog to work full time on his own art. Eisenhour portrays and interprets organic forms, and through his artistic processes tells stories of natural history and human experience. His artistic vision reflects his lifelong inquiries and documentation of the forms and beauty in nature, as well as issues related to the environment. The majority of David’s sculpture is cast in bronze and he has also worked in steel, and stainless steel. He has and continues to experiment with additional mediums including stone, found objects, concrete and coal and printmaking.
Artist’s statement: Sometimes I feel like an explorer searching for forms that will revive ancient memory. Magnification informs my art. Looking at bits of the natural world under the microscope is my connection to the building blocks of life. The recognition of repetitive patterns gives me sense of belonging to something grand. I lose myself as I examine the intricacies of nature under my microscope and my art grows from this immersion. I search for forms that make a primal connection, that revive ancient memory. I hope that my work exhibits the fragility and wonder of this planet and our relationship with it.