I am a second generation sculptor, having been trained under my father Frank Niemi, (a self taught abstract sculptor, and ornamental iron artist). In 1968, at age twelve he taught me how to weld and my love for sculpture began. I received my BFA in sculpture from Northern Illinois University in 1981 and began a slow process of becoming a fulltime sculptor. Through faith, sweat and the support of my wife, Suzi I went fulltime in 1987.
The sculptures I create are characterized by an uplifting positive nature, my faith in God, the power, and beauty of nature and the energy and balance of dance are all driving forces behind my art. My sculptures have been well received by the public due to the positive nature in which I approach my work.
Stainless steel and silicon bronze are my primary materials of choice. I fabricate the sculptures from sheet using welding, plasma cutting, grinding and an initial pinch roller (the roller curves the metal). Texture and polishing is done to the stainless with grinders and hot and cold chemical patinas are used for color on the bronze. Craftsmanship, structural strength, and public safety are also important elements. I do all of my own fabrication and love the process from start to finish.
My purpose is to stimulate the mind of the viewer, as well as creating a sculpture that complements and has harmony with the environment that it shares.
The size of my sculptures range from small tabletop pieces to a large scale public art. Currently I have placed 52 public sculptures and have 8 more in outdoor public exhibitions across the country.
It would be safe to say if you studied my art you would know my heart.
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, WI
Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso, IN
2013 "Emergence VI", Wheaton 121, Wheaton, IL
2013 "Eye to the Soul", Craven Community College, New Bern, NC
2013 "Seven, Seven, Seven", Lake Pointe at Las Colinas, Irving, TX
2012 "Always Remembered", Veteran's Memorial, Hanover Park, IL
2012 "Setting Sun", Greenfield Community Center, Greenfield, WI
2011 "Tri-Delta Tribute", Tri-Delta Headquarters, Arlington, TX
2011 "Held Series", City of Bartlett, IL
2010 "Tree of Life", Congregation Emanu-El B'ne Jeshrun, Milwaukee, WI
2010 "Victory Coaches Corner", Zion Benton High School, Zion, IL
2010 "Flying Fish", Kernan on North Beach, Jacksonville, FL
2009 "New Beginning IV", Grand Marc, Tallahassee, FL
BFA Sculpture, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL