Claire Falkenstein was an American sculptor, painter, printmaker, and jewelry maker. Claire Falkenstein was born in Coos Bay, Oregon in the year 1908.
The artist was renown most for her sculptures often composed of glass or metal. At the beginning of her career she used less expensive items including wooden logs, stovepipe wire, and lead bars.
Falkenstein attended the University of California at Berkeley where she studied art, anthropology, and philosophy. The artist also took some masters classes at Mills College located in San Francisco.
The artist moved to Paris, France in 1950. She remained in Paris for thirteen years before relocating to Los Angeles, California.
Falkenstein was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.
In this clip we visit a show featuring Falkenstein from 2012:
Falkenstein also had a lengthy teaching career working at Mills College, the University of California at Berkeley, the California School of Fine Arts, and the California Labor School.
Over her lengthy career Falkenstein completed several public works that included fountains, screens, and sculptures.
In this clip we view some jewelry made by Falkenstein on my favorite television program, the Antiques Roadshow!:
Claire Falkenstein passed away in 1997. She was 89 years of age.
The artist is part of many prestigious collections including the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Claire Falkenstein was an incredible artist who worked in many mediums. The artist had a very innovative style always producing abstract organic shapes in which ever medium she chose to work.