David Wiseman

Los Angeles, California

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El Cielo, An installation by David Wiseman in a private residence, Photography by Robert Polidori

David Wiseman


After becoming acquainted with David Wiseman during his creation of “El Cielo” a private commission in 2007 and 2008, Alturas Foundation offered David Wiseman an Artist Residency in conjunction with his participation in “Intense and Fragile”, an exhibition of contemporary ceramic art at the Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, Texas.

David Wiseman (b. 1981) draws upon traditions of time-honored craftsmanship and experimentation of contemporary design methods to create poetic and sculptural work spanning the spectrum of fine and decorative arts. Wiseman’s pieces offer his unique renderings of extraordinary natural phenomena, such as blossoming branches in porcelain and bronze, the tangle of a pomegranate tree’s canopy beautifully orchestrated across a ceiling, or a bird hidden in a bronze fireplace screen. By immersing himself in traditional materials and methods Wiseman’s unique aesthetic imparts his artwork with a permanence found in cherished objects of the past, purposefully employed to realize his truly original vision.

Wiseman has made site-specific installations for public institutions, international brands, private collections and his crystal was recently acquired by the Corning Museum of Glass’ permanent collection, Corning, NY.  His furnishings were named best of the best by Robb Report 2013 and his large scaled Collage Garden Gate Doors, were included in the New York Times’ top 10 list at Design Miami 2013.  Wiseman, a 2003 graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), lives and works in Los Angeles.