Oscar Littlefield

Oscar Littlefield as born in Philadelphia in 1902, and moved to Sioux City in 1954 to marry Bernice Fieges. He was trained as an artist, but instead of pursuing his art full-time became the director of the Jewish Federation of Sioux City, and worked on his sculptures in the evenings and weekends. He called himself a “part-time artist.”

Each sculpture was made without preparatory drawings or studies, instead emerging organically from the natural growth patterns and structure of the wood itself. The application of a descriptive subject to these works—animals, people, etc.—comes later in the process, or at the very end, as part of his “finish” to the work. Being attentive to the innate properties of his materials, following and responding to the natural grain, growth, and form of the wood results in sculptures that fuse the final work with the materials he employs.

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