For over 50 years Ventura-based artist Paul Lindhard has been a producer and patron of the arts. Starting in Santa Barbara with visual artists, he later established Art City Studios in Ventura which developed into a multi-disciplinary creative hub and premier sculpture supply business. Granted the Ventura Mayor’s Arts Award in the Arts Patron category in affirmation of a life practice devoted to cultivating talent and technique in all types of contemporary artists, Master Sculptor Paul Lindhard continues to share his passion for the arts and innovation, and his respect for nature. Surrounded by monolithic stones a billion years old in his west Ventura studio, the great inspiration for his art is apparent in the beauty of the stones he wants to share with the world. With stone installations across the Western United States to his credit, it's his local work that's won hearts. As the recipient of the 2007 Artist in the Community award, he has continued to expand his participation in local public art projects such as the Welcome to Ventura signage, the Main Street Bus Shelter, the Sheridan Way Elementary outdoor classroom, the Gary Channer Memorial installation at the Ventura Botanical Gardens, the Cemetery Park stone installation and countless other community projects that have made Ventura a very special center of the arts on the Central Coast.
“My forty-year career as a working sculptor has evolved from woodcarving and bronze casting into a reverence for and fascination with stone, my principal medium for the past twenty-five years. The work I do is an expression of an unspoken language that connects me to forgotten earthly origins, linking place and time through the permanence that emanates from stone. In expressing myself through sculpture, I use materials that are rare, exotic, and monumental in scale.
Collecting from native landscapes and quarries all over the world has given me the opportunity to compose sculpted and natural elements with an authentic spirit, while preserving their original nature and enduring presence.
Exposed to the elements and subject to extensive handling, many of these stone edifices have rested in my various studios and yards for decades before re-emerging as individual pieces or being incorporated into dynamic ensemble works. Whether embraced by me as found objects or carved and composed, my pursuit of what epic sculpture means in our modern world is focused and enriched by this transformative and highly-personal process.”
~ Paul Lindhard