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b. 1936, United States

De Wain Valentine Biography

De Wain Valentine is an American minimalist sculptor who was born in Fort Collins, Colorado. Often associated with the Light and Space movement in the 1960s, he is best known for his translucent glass, fiberglass and cast polyester resin sculptures having slick surfaces suggestive of machine made objects.

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Influenced by the seascapes and skies of Southern California, Valentine was an early pioneer of using industrial plastics and resin to produce monumental sculptures that reflect and distort the light and space that surround them. For Valentine, a smooth surface was the whole point of the work and he did not want it to look old. While he was teaching a course in plastics technology at UCLA in 1965, he wanted to produce a polyester resin in large volumes that would not crack from curing. He began working with a chemical engineer from PPG Industries Ed Revay, and eventually they discovered the Valentine MasKast Resin in 1966. The highly stable resin allowed him and other artists to go far beyond the 50-pound limit to which they had once been restricted.

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Circle Sepia to Violet by De Wain Valentine contemporary artwork sculpture
De Wain Valentine Circle Sepia to Violet, 1969–1975 Cast polyester resin
44.1 x 44.1 x 3.2 cm
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Purple Illuminated Skyline by De Wain Valentine contemporary artwork painting
De Wain Valentine Purple Illuminated Skyline, 1997 Acrylic on canvas with acrylic polymer resin
121.9 x 182.9 x 6.4 cm
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Circle Blue Green by De Wain Valentine contemporary artwork sculpture
De Wain Valentine Circle Blue Green, 1972/2019 Cast polyester resin
192.4 x 192.4 x 15.2 cm
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Double disk (blue with red edge) by De Wain Valentine contemporary artwork sculpture
De Wain Valentine Double disk (blue with red edge), 1966/2019 Fibreglass
167.6 x 149.9 x 167.6 cm
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Column Coral by De Wain Valentine contemporary artwork sculpture
De Wain Valentine Column Coral, 1969/2014 Cast polyester resin
57.8 x 11.6 x 9.4 cm
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Amber to Gold Circle by De Wain Valentine contemporary artwork sculpture
De Wain Valentine Amber to Gold Circle, 1971 Cast polyester resin
44.5 x 44.5 x 4 cm
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