Jonas Stirner

United States 1970


Jonas Stirner
Jonas Stirner
United States
October 4, 2015
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Jonas Stirner is an American metal sculptor. He was born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania in 1970. The sculptor describes his work as abstract organic with uncommon geometrical elements, multi-textural and multi-formed objects, heavily influenced by both nature and industrial revolution.

Sculptures by Jonas Stirner

Left Jonas Stirner - Red Staff, 2015, Right Jonas Stirner - Untitled, 2015
Left: Jonas Stirner – Red Staff, 2015 / Right: Jonas Stirner – Untitled, 2015

His father, Karl Stirner, was also metal artist and former art professor at Tyler and Moore Colleges in Philadephia, who was honored by having a park named after him in Eaton, Pennsylvania. Both father and son are self-taught. Jonas Stirner remembers that his father never pushed him into becoming a sculptor, on the contrary, he suggested that being an artist is not easy. However, now they often visit scrap yards, collect metal and work together, critiquing each others work.

Grounded, 2014

Jonas Stirner - Grounded, 2014
Jonas Stirner – Grounded, 2014

Stirner grew up in Bucks County and in Maine, where his mother lived. He studied art in high school and college, but didn’t seem interested in sculpting at first. Architecture, photography and design were more appealing to him. Jonas, who always liked making things, started with modern steel furniture, before discovering himself as a sculptor. It was when his neighbor told him to start making sculptures instead of lamps and chairs, that the artist started dwelling on the idea.

Sculptures by Jonas Stirner

Jonas Stirner - Untitled sculptures
Jonas Stirner – Untitled sculptures

He moved to Florida and worked for Robert Rauschenberg as an Artist Assistant on Captiva Island. Rauschenberg, nowadays a major collector of Stirner’s work, taught him to include accidents as part of the process and gave him the opportunity to create his own sculptures on the grounds of his compound.

He is represented by Robert Fontaine Gallery.

Jonas Stirner lives and works in Fort Myers, Florida.

All images copyright © the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015Mixed Media summer exhibitionRobert Fontaine Gallery, MiamiGroup
2013Marcus Jansen & Jonas StirnerUnit A - Contemporary Art Space, Fort Myers, FLDuo
2011Group ShowNaples Museum of ArtGroup
2009Group ShowAlliance for the Arts, Fort Myers, FLGroup
2006Group ShowSpace 39, Fort Myers, FLGroup
2005Group ShowEckert Fine Art, Naples, FLGroup
2003Group ShowBig Arts Sculpture Garden, Sanibel, FLGroup
2003Group ShowEckert Fine Art, Naples, FLGroup
2003Group ShowArts for ACT, Fort Myers, FLGroup
2002Group ShowClark Fine Art, South Hampton, NYGroup
2001Group ShowEckert Fine Art, Naples, FLGroup
2000Group ShowAlliance for the Arts, Fort Myers, FLGroup
2000Group ShowConextions Gallery, Easton, PAGroup
2000Group ShowArts for ACT, Fort Myers, FLGroup
1999Group ShowEckert Fine Arts, Naples, FLGroup
1999Group ShowArt House Fort Myers, FLGroup
1999Group ShowAlliance for the Arts, Fort Myers, FLGroup