About Phil Vanderlei
Phil Vanderlei Bronzes - About Phil Vanderlei
ABOUT PHIL VANDERLEI
Phil Vanderlei was born and raised in Southern California.
grandfather, Mayor of Bakersfield
for several terms, was a blacksmith, and Phil
learned metal working and welding techniques while working in his
After completing high school, while attending City College he
wanted to become an artist.
art career working directly with the metal, welding sculptures in a variety of styles.
During the late 60's and throughout the 70's he
was commissioned to create several large sculptures for various banks throughout the State of California.
also designed many pieces for movie sets, most notably Rod Serling's series "Night Gallery
During the 80's, in order to enhance the detail and quality of his
began sculpting in clay and wax.
created and produced numerous small pieces which were sold in over 135 fine gift shops and art galleries throughout the United States.
had reached a pinnacle in that style and series, he
built a home on the coast of California, spending 4-1/2 to 5 years creating a unique and artistic style dwelling.
The finished product was featured on the cover of Better Homes and Gardens, Building Ideas, Spring 1994 issue and was showcased in an 8-page photo essay inside.
After the completion of his
returned to sculpture and began his
current series on marine life.
After experiencing the variety of sea inhabitants in the Hawaiian Islands and Mexico, he
became intrigued with their form and movement.
Studying sea life above the surface, Phil
was excited by the whales, dolphins, marlins and sailfish breaking the surface with power and energy.
Studying below the surface he
was impressed by their gentleness and supple movement.
new sculptures reflect both aspects.
has worked to achieve finely detailed sculptures produced in the highest quality attainable.