Bio von Joerg Auer:
Joerg Auer was born in Chur, Switzerland. After a rewarding career as board certified equine surgeon that took him to faculty
positions in Pennsylvania, Texas and finally Zurich, Switzerland, he retired in January 2011. Since then he and his wife Anita live half the time in Lenzburg, Switzerland and the other half in northern Scottsdale, Arizona.
In his early professional career he illustrated some of his scientific publications and book chapters. In spring 2012 he asked his fellow Swiss friend Andreas Schwab to help him create a bronze sculpture. Having spent his professional life as an equine orthopedic surgeon he decided to try to sculpt an Arizona bird because he knew, that his friends in Switzerland would guess that for sure he would sculpt a horse, when he told them that he started sculpting. After some initial tribulations he created his first clay sculpture Gamble?s Quail. Being encouraged by the result and after he got the ok from Andreas Schwab he took it to Stenko at Arizona Molds in Tempe who created the mold and wax copies of the original. The wax copies were handed over to Loren Phippen (the son of one of the founders of the Cowboy Artists of America, the late George Phippen) to have it cast up in Prescott Arizona. The sculpture was completed at Loren?s shop in Scottsdale, Arizona, with the expert help of André Schwab, who is a great sculpture artist himself. The rest is history. Joerg was caught up by the bug sculpting and the next sculpture, MEEP MEEP turned out to be his most successful one, having been sold up to now 11 times.
In spring 2013 he took Curt Mattson?s Workshop Composition and the Horse at Scottsdale Artists School. Despite the fact of knowing the equine anatomy pretty well, he started to look at horses in a different way to be able to capture the details of these beautiful animals in clay.
While he found great conditions for his new hobby in Arizona, he was looking for activities in art also during his time in Switzerland. He found a studio 15 minutes away from his home that is fully equipped for all the different printmaking techniques, including etching, aquatint, lithography, etc. So he started to be engaged in etching and aquatint. The owner of the studio is an expert himself and generously assists his pupils in every aspect of the trade. Again Joerg?s topics are mainly associated with Arizona?s wild life such as Owls, bob cats, roadrunners and Utah?s arches in the National Parks.
Thus far he was also been asked to create six consigned sculptures: The first one of Lantinus, the former number 1 show jumping horse in the world. Another commission Were Dun Johnny, a reining horse in a full stop with the tack of its owner but without a rider followed. The next one was Martini and Mojito, a sculpture of a mare next to its foal in a full gallop. Then came Milk Bar, a Mare next to a standing young foal nursing, followed by Gian a proud ibex, and last It?s Me Simba, a lion in stalking position.
Bronze sculptures interested me all my life; finally I got the guts to try it myself, and it is a lot of fun. At the moment I create realistic bronzes und etchings/Aquatint. The art of printmaking intrigues me. Especially engraving copper plates and then modify what you see with the aquatint technique is fascinating.