Featured Artist: David Voisardby Charles Spillar on Jun. 25, 2009, under Tucson Art
By Charles Spillar
David Voisard is probably one of the most prolific artists around. For over twenty years, before moving to Arizona in early 2002, he created hand carved winery doors, custom furniture, custom signage, meditation buildings, presentation artwork of wine collections for auction at Christies, Sotheby’s and the Napa Valley Wine Auction from his studio in Calistoga, CA.
David got into art from somewhat the back door. As a ski instructor one winter in Lake Tahoe, with no snow on the mountain, he needed a job to pay the bills and got a job in a wood working shop. He fell in love with wood and pursued this passion for years until one of his patrons in 1999 overheard him talk about his desire to work with metal. She commissioned a $10,000 project and this allowed him to buy the welding equipment he needed to pursue his new passion.
He quickly began sculpting in steel, copper, aluminum and bronze. His work has been exhibited in museum shows, on magazine covers and in private collections internationally. His primary goal with his metal work is to use recycled materials whenever possible and add a touch of happiness with the end product.
His series of metal dogs grace many a happy home and all are made from recycled materials. He creates great metal cats also.
A few years ago he attended class at Pima Community College to hone his welding skills and learn to work with stainless steel. He soon after applied for a $250,000 public art commission in Oro Valley. He and local artist Steve Farley got the commission from a heavily juried group of professional artists. David did the metal work and Steve did his recognizable tile work.
Voisard’s steel sculptures can be seen at several locations within the Oracle Crossings Shopping Center located at Oracle Rd & Magee Rd in Oro Valley. You will probably come away with a smile on your face.
David Voisard is presently creating metal gates using recycled materials for a number of homes in Tucson. Six of his newer ones are located in the W. University neighborhood. To view more of his artistic creations visit http://www.voisardstudios.com or visit him at his studio located in the Amado Territory Ranch.