by Michelle M Osterberg

Up-cycling, Truly an Art Form

** My husband is the artist and I respectfully submit on his behalf.

Especially for artist, James C Osterberg Jr., his up-cycling takes on the form of dogs and cats, fish and lizards and a couple of dragons too. Osterberg creates fine art sculptures by utilizing up-cycled materials; newspapers, wire hangers and sheets, then brought to life using water-based acrylic paints.
Osterberg was exhibiting and selling his paintings in the Gallery at the Hilton Waikoloa on the Big Island of Hawaii. When the Gallery closed, he took time off from painting to pursue sculpture. Why papier mache? “Papier mache allows me the most flexibility. I can go as big or small as I want. I can make anything I can imagine, and if something isn’t turning out like I want, I just cut that part off and re-build it. If you apply enough layers, it becomes as strong as wood, and paints wonderfully; by using water-based paint and recycled newspapers, I help keep the planet green! ”
His current series, “An Imperfect World,” depicts the essence and charm of each subject, more than the perfection of its form. The viewer will find the little idiosyncrasies and imperfections in each piece just as engaging in its sculpture form as they are in ‘real life.’



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Simone Lenssing
Simone Lenssing

I love all the colors! I love all the attention to detail!

Beth Allenbaugh

Love this!!!

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