Talk:Eugene Daub (sculptor)

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 Definition An award-winning American scultor (1942-?) known for statuary, busts in a classical style, and for medallic art and bas relief. [d] [e]
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Notes from Eugene Daub talk on 11-3-2021, with details possibly to be added to the article later

  • this talk (in Zoom) was part of the Monumental exhibit in fall of 2021 at PVAC (Palos Verdes Arts Center) in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
  • some people were present in the auditorium, and 72 people were on the Zoom connection
  • in the 1960's, Eugene Daub was a hair stylist, and he joked that it was "a form of sculture"
  • at age 34 or 35, Eugene Daub became interested in becoming a sculptor
  • he got a job at the Franklin Mint (outside Philadelphia, PA) in 1975
    • the Franklin Mint, at that time, employed people mainly from with a graphic arts background, and they didn't have experience in bas relief
    • while at the mint, he got really interested in medallic art, and thus in history
    • they were given a half a day off each week to take a paid class
      • Eugene used this opportunity to study with master sculptor Evangelo Ferdakis for 6 months
    • the Mint worked with a wide variety of materials, sizes, and subjects
  • in 1980, Eugene was at the Seward Johnson atelier in Princeton, NJ as both student and teacher
  • Eugene has twins children Rebecca and Christopher
    • he sometimes bartered his services; for example, to pay for braces for the twins
  • 1983 marked the birth of AMSA in New York (city)
    • Eugene was a pioneer member; today it has 120 members
  • NOTE TO SELF: some medals are "stuck", and some are "cast"--what is the difference?
  • Eugene acquired mold-making skills
  • in 1989, he spent a year at Alfred University (private college in western NY state), where he started to work with wet clay
  • around 1990, he moved to CA, where he made some soft-body dolls for Mattel
  • he got some commissions for bas relief from the U. S. Dept of Interior (Pacific WW II, Guam, etc.)
  • he typically starts with three idea sketches
  • he is now doing large reliefs
  • NOTE TO SELF: what is "wet clay" vs. "oil clay"?; and, what are "lunettes"?
  • In 1995, the phone rang, it was Don Reynolds; Eugene was entered as a competitor for Lewis and Clark in Kansas City (which bid he won)
  • Eugene did Harvey Milk in the SF City Hall
  • Eugene did the Lewis and Clark bas relief in Montana (it is 18' wide)
    • it took 52 pieces of bronze to make it
  • most commissions result from competitions
  • Eugene did Claude Shannon
  • he did a 12-14" mermaid statue that did not win its bid (so it is still in his studio--very beautiful)
  • Eugene Daub is married to artist Anne (Olsen?) Daub
  • Eugene did the Rosa Parks statue, working with a partner; it took a couple of years; no copies of that one were allowed
  • Someone asked what foundry Eugene likes to use; he mentioned two:
    • ArtWorks in Berkeley
    • in Hawthorn, MC3 (?); a "little foundry"
  • Eugene talked about the process or "scanning and milling" to bring a sculture to the scale
    • specifically, he talked about the Lewis & Clark
    • apparently, this is one area in which technical advances have made the process easier or faster (I am not clear on the details)
  • These notes are from Pat Palmer (talk) 17:05, 20 November 2021 (UTC)