Craig Lehmann is contemporary sculptor with a long career. His sculpture has a unique and recognizable style. His work has a quiet, mystical and peaceful quality. Craig finds a balance between intuition and intellect…a precarious place…where there lies a subtle and stoic beauty.
After a traditional academic art education Craig received a Master’s Degree in sculpture. From there he began a twenty year career where he worked in all phases of sculpture production at a premier fine art foundry. While at the foundry Craig worked hand in hand with many renowned artists. He observed that much of the sculpture may have been technically perfect, there was something missing. It was lacking spirit, originality and integrity.
Craig draws inspiration from intuition. His work is constantly evolving. The tendency to find subtle simplicity in line and form is evident.
Primitive, Naïve and Outsider art are fascinating to Craig. He finds this type of work compelling as it comes from the heart and is close to the intuitive source.
Craig Lehmann was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1953. He had somewhat of a Gypsy childhood, living in Mississippi, Wyoming, Texas, West Virginia, Ohio, and finally Boulder, Colorado for high school.
After graduating from high school in 1971, Craig set out with the excitement and enthusiasm of youth, hitchhiking across the country several times, taking odd jobs including motel handyman, working at ski areas, working trails for the forest service on the Continental Divide, and doing construction work. His travels included Mexico, Central America, and four months living and traveling in Columbia.
Having somewhat satisfied a wonder-lust, Lehmann attended Adams State College in the beautiful San Luis Valley of southern Colorado, where he earned a B.A. in Biology with a minor in archeology.
Upon graduation, Lehmann worked as a squad boss and sawyer for the Forest Service in the mountains above Boulder, Co. Although he enjoyed this outdoor work, he was drawn back to school by an encouraging art teacher to study sculpture.
Craig had a graduate assistantship and received an MA in sculpture and a Minor in Drawing in 1982. He began working at a foundry in Santa Fe New Mexico that same year. Along with the foundry skills acquired through his 20 years at the foundry, his interaction with the sculptors and their work was perhaps the most important experience he took away from the foundry.
Craig left Santa Fe in 1998, to devote himself to his own sculpture. He has developed a truly unique style - branching out from bronze editions to produce one of a kind pieces in steel, bronze, stone, and wood. His ‘down to earth’ style is distinctly recognizable.
Lehmann’s work is featured in several books and magazine articles, in numerous private collections as well as the collection of the Children’s Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.
M.A. Adams State College, Alamosa, CO. Sculpture major, Drawing minor, 1982
B.A. Adams State College, Alamosa, CO. Biology major, Anthropology minor, 1977