Douwe Blumberg, (pronounced “Dow”, a Dutch name) came to his art career by a rather circuitous route.
Born of two amateur artists, his artistic gifts were evident from the beginning. During
a childhood that was almost a continual art education, he spent some formative years in Europe being exposed to western artistic
traditions. Later he attended the University of Southern California’s prestigious Idyllwild School of the Arts and Music.
This was followed up with four years of sculpture/jewelry and metal working education during which he won many national awards.
During this time he also apprenticed at a large CA art foundry where he mastered the many facets of creating bronzes.
graduation however, he did not pursue an art career. Instead, he became a professional horse trainer, a career he pursued for 18 years. Art was shelved while he grew his business, purchased a barn outside Los Angeles and started
a family. Gradually, however, he started sculpting again, albeit part time, and began accepting commissions. As this business
grew, he was forced to make a choice between the two careers, his lifelong passion of sculpting won out. He closed his barn in 2000.
Douwe has completed well over 200 private commissions
to date, including pieces for The Budweiser corporation, Mr. William Shatner, Elisabeth Goth, Misdee Wrigley, and the ambassador
of Bahrain to name a few. A piece of Douwe’s design was chosen by a large architectural firm as an entrant for the Ground
Zero monument, and is on display on the ground zero website. He has numerous awards and worldwide private and corporate collectors
to his credit. Recent achievements include: winning the 2003 Loveland sculpture invitational, the 2003 ADEX design award and
2002 Leonard J. Meiselman award in Sculpture from the American Academy of Equine Artists. Recent projects include the installation
a life-size commission for Mr. and Mrs. William Shatner, the unveiling of a life-size monument for the KY State Fair and Exposition
Center, the installation of “De Oppresso Liber” at the JFK Special Warfare Museum. He is currently working on
the “NJ Fallen Soldiers monument” to be placed at Picatinny Arsenal in NJ, a on a large commission for the American
Saddlebred Museum and the Bahrainian embassy in D.C.
He has been selected by the Special Operations Association, the
Special Forces Association and the Foundation for U.S. Historical Monuments to sculpt the new U.S. Army Special Forces Monument,
a life-and-a-half scale monument to be placed at Ft. Bragg, NC and Washington DC. Douwe’s studio also designs and sculpts
a line of custom bronze furniture for the prominent Helene Aumont Collection.
He currently lives in the Cincinnati area
and maintains a west coast studio as well.