John Van Alstine


Born 1952, NY

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The union of stone and metal is central in my sculpture.  On its most basic level the work is about the marriage of the natural with the man-made.

From his studio in in a restored historic structure in the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York, John Van Alstine creates his sculptures using forged steel and carved stone.   Gravity, motion, and balance are common themesin his works, which can often seem on the verge of being unbalanced. 

John Van Alstine grew up in the southern Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, where he was a top level junior skier.  He attended St. Lawrence University and then Kent State University where he earned his BFA. After earning his MFA from Cornell University in 1976, he joined the faculty at the University of Wyoming, Laramie.  While in Wyoming, Van Alstine was influenced by the vast spaces and geological formations of the Western landscape.  Here he began to develop the sculptural language that would define the style of his work. 

Van Alstine has had one-person exhibitions at college art galleries and museums such as DeCordova Museum in Massachusetts, Jersey City Museum and Morris Museum in New Jersey and Sonsbeek International Art Center in the Netherlands. His sculptures, vibrant pastels, and photographs have been included in numerous group exhibitions including Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Chicago’s Pier Walk Annuals, and Hakone Open-Air Museum in Japan. Van Alstine’s work can also be seen in the outdoor extension of his studio, The Adirondack Sacandaga River Sculpture Park.  

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John Van Alstine

photo: John Van Alstine

Work on Display at GFS