When Daniel I. Altshuler works in sculpture, whether it is a portrait or allegorical statuary, it is essential to him that he captures the spirit and the likeness of the subject or theme. He strives to show inspiration and beauty in his work which is revealed in variable lights. By the nature of the intensity of the raking light, the strong and simple expression of each piece communicates its intent in form. It is well known that sculpture is at the mercy of the light and by the choice of his modeling and knowledge of light, he strives to combine these mediums to best bring out the intended spirit, energy and expression in his work. Carved marble or stone may be utilized for one kind of expression while bronze would be used for another.
The final location of the work is still another important factor to him. He needs to know if the work is expected to be viewed from a distance or seen up close, as this would affect the way he would model the statue or bas-relief. Whether a sculpture is intended to be inside or outside of a building, is also a determining factor in the consideration of the modeled form.
When designing a work for a specific location, whether it be in a garden, a park or on the inside or outside location of a building, his sensitivity for the fine balance of integration between architecture and sculpture can be appreciated on much subtler levels by the public. His strong belief of collaborating with architects assures the continuity with the surrounding buildings, spaces and the environment.
A note from the artist:
I have up dated my e-mail to show Augustus Saint- Gaudens and Walker
Hancock are in my lineage of sculptors where a sculptor receives his
training through techniques and styles through one sculptor to the next.
A person can have their portrait made from clay to bronze and in marble.
You or someone else could be scheduled in by appointment for sessions.
I can make under to over life size works from clay to stone or clay to
I would be happy to quote a bust, portrait head or a portrait relief or if
you would like a lettered tablet to remember someone by, I could make this
I could make a statue for you. I could make a portrait of a person in
clay to bronze. I can also have it carved in marble. I could make a
portrait head, bust, bas- relief, statue, fountain in bronze or marble and
I could make a medal or medallion in bronze for you. I would be happy to
make any one of these for you or someone you know or recommend.
I have limited editions in bronze.
Some families only have a picture of a person who they would like to have
remembered by. Multiple photographs are better as reference material to
make a portrait head or portrait statuary of people. It is my specialty
experience passed down through a direct lineage of sculptors to Walker
Hancock to me to have the monumental as well as the fine portrait skill
and techniques to make fine portraiture and monumental statuary. We made a
12’ foot monument together for West Point Military Academy and I was 24
years old. When I was 29 years old I made Arion with him and I developed
it mostly myself with 6 models who posed for me. It is a 7 foot man riding
a dolphin playing a Lyre. I made many projects with him. We worked on
projects for Capitol Hill in Washington DC. At the age of 28 I finished
the bust in marble of W.E. B. Du Bois that is now in Memorial Hall,
Harvard University. At Dartmouth College I made many works in Sculpture,
Edward C. Lathem lettered bas-relief, bust of Paul Paganucci – former Vice
President of Dartmouth College, John William Berry-lettered portrait
bas-relief and I worked on the Hopkins Memorial with Walker Hancock for
the Hopkins Center. I made a marble portrait bas-relief with lettering of
Dr. Elizabeth French now in the Library at Skidmore College. Marble bust
of Evelyn Bartlett at Bonnet House Reservation, Fort Lauderdale Florida.
At the age of 20, I worked with Walker Hancock to make the standard for
the Mead Memorial in Washington DC, a monument made by Walker Hancock’s
teacher Charles Grafly. He invited me and wanted me to work with him and
gave his life’s training to me to bring to you.
Many of his techniques were passed down through many Sculptors. The
lineage of Walker Hancock came through different lines of lineage of
Through the ages and through the Renaissance we receive our training
through those who lived and passed it on to those who came after them and
through this training we have come to be through our own way of working.
If you hire me to make your statuary you will have a fine product with
skill passed through the centuries through famous and fine sculptors who
worked with mentors to me. It’s like a family tree. I make sculpture of
people and subjects of fine taste. Many sculptors would like to say they
are self taught and this in fact may be so and in this case I was trained
as a monumental sculptor and fine portrait sculptor who makes bas-reliefs
of people and subjects.
It is my specialty experience passed down through a direct lineage of
sculptors to Walker Hancock to me to have the monumental as well as the
fine portrait skill and techniques to make fine portraiture and monumental
statuary. I had made to fine statuary projects with Walker Hancock when
I worked with him in Lanesville for over a decade from the age of 20-33
years old, none had ever had the ability to do. You may visit my direct
lineage from Walker Hancock to Augustus Saint – Gaudens through these
websites, Wikipedia. It was Walker Hancock who studied with Victor Holms
who was an assistant of Augustus Saint Gaudens. Mr. Hancock was 18 years
old and worked on a 20’ monument with Victor Holms in 1919. It is not
widely known on the internet Victor Holms worked with Saint – Gaudens.
You may see the works of Augustus Saint – Gaudens and Walker Hancock and
the similarities through the training of sculpture. It is through the
training from sculptor to sculptor a sculptor receives his experience to
bring him into the light of experienced sculptors. He is trained through
a seasoned experienced sculptor who has been passed down training through
the ages. You may visit the site of Walker Hancock on Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walker_Hancock and visit the site on
Sculptors passed techniques down through the lineage of Sculptors through
We tend to think one sculptor had it all. It was passed down. And you
can have a custom made work of your own through me.
In your best interest you could hire me.
In wishes for the best, regards,
You can view Daniel Altshuler’s commissioned works here.
You can visit the website of Daniel Altshuler here.