Kevin Doberstein

Kevin Doberstein

Medford, WI, United States

About Kevin Doberstein

Artist Biography

Doberstein first started his artistic pursuit with photography, stained glass and wood burning art mediums that were primarily focused on nature, sunset landscapes, work that was represented by local galleries.

From there, Doberstein discovered the peaceful sound of the wood flute. He learned the art of making hand created wood flutes and started to record wood flute meditation music. The wood flute gently touched his soul and he developed a spiritual connection. He released his first album “Harvest Moon” and from there released several more albums that focus on the meditation spiritual theme. His music has traveled worldwide.

The artist heart in him was restless as he then ventured into abstract wood art. Kevin Doberstein’s modern art centers on the free and unbinding world of abstraction. He also enjoys working with vivid color in acrylic and also mixing the two mediums together of figured wood and metal. His primary work is both standing and wall sculpture.

Being born and raised in a culture of wood from the north forest of Wisconsin he learned how difficult working with wood can be at times. Wood art keeps him grounded and he found the universe had it planned for him. Now as a seasoned artist, he truly appreciates the early lessens he received. Currently he mixes metal with wood for sculpture. Doberstein also likes to work with the medium of acrylic paint on wood panels well. He feels this keeps him in balance in the world of abstract art.

“For me it seems the bold colors spurs new wood sculpture designs”, says Doberstein. “I love working with both.”

With the birth of Dobe Art Studio Doberstein developed into a more rounded artist learning more of the aspects of the fine art world.

“Dobe Art Studio, was a creative renaissance for me reaching into the aspect of fine art” states Doberstein “It was a stimulus to my creative soul and it feels like I found my artistic home. It never leaves me and resides in my spiritual self”

His sculpture and wall art have been collected by both a national and international audience. He has participated in art exhibitions and is represented in art galleries in Wisconsin and New Mexico.


Artist Statement

My main aspiration when creating abstract art is to stimulate the breath of life both in me and the viewer. There are occasions when I see a certain reflection or feeling in an art piece I created that echoes what I was experiencing at the time. I enjoy the outdoors, especially in the forest. I like to spend time outside to keep me fresh with new ideas and themes for that next art piece. It keeps me in harmony with my creative spirit. I like to use bold colors to inspire and energize the soul deep with-in, and also use dynamic motion in sculpture to incite emotions in the viewer of my art so they can inspire their own thoughts and spirit.

My favorite medium is wood. I enjoy working with material rich in with deep swirls of growth rings in the wood. It gives the piece character and makes it interesting to view. My favorite tools are simple hand tools I use to carve the wood sculpture. When I am developing an art piece I will observe the natural patterns , how the light affects them and try to use their features to enhance it. I like to use dark colors with light colors to contrast and stimulate. I also use dramatic sweeping motions in sculpture.

Experience is the greatest teacher. My favorite woods to work with are Northern Cherry, White Ash and Black Walnut. I love the scent and grain patterns they can give you. My favorite metal is Copper because of its soft qualities and beautiful coloration you can achieve with it.

I will begin a piece first by setting it on the studio table and studying it’s shape and patterns. This can be a couple of days to a year. I know it is finished when I step back and enjoy looking at it and feel that it needs no more work. When my latest art creation is going well I feel a sense of happiness that runs deep into my soul. https://www.dobe-art-studio.com/


Exhibitions

Center for the Visual Arts
Wausau, Wisconsin

Chumani Art Gallery
Madrid, New Mexico

Perkins Place Gallery
Medford, Wisconsin