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Philippe Klinefelter

800 Gullett St.
Austin, TX 78702, U.S.A.
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Phone: (512) 389-1920

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Artist Statement:

For over 20 years, I have been designing and fabricating sculptural commissions arising from site-specific parameters. Collaborating with other professionals, including architects, engineers, landscape architects,
contractors, and involved community members, I strive to complete projects that are on time and to the budget.

I have been described as possessing “a fluent understanding of a wide variety of materials, with the construction sensibility of an architect, the technical skill of a craftsman, and the conceptual component
of an artist.” All of my projects involve a high degree of skill, as I believe the use of master craftspeople embeds man’s formative evolution between material and the mind/hand experience. A thing well made is enjoyed and respected by all.

My sculptural solutions are visually strong and scaled appropriately to site to have an impact from a distance, so as to become a landmark, that over time serves to aide visitors and locals in creating a usable and compelling point of reference for the community. The details of the design should also inspire a dialogue at close range. I spend time and thought connecting to a community before conceptualizing a project, so my work tends to relate imagery that is part of the community’s history and culture and, in details, give a depth that adds to a visitor’s glimpse of the local perspective. Many of the projects have involved the use of water and of materials such as granite, stainless steel, and galvanized steel that is suited to all exterior environmental conditions with minimal maintenance required.


1988 The University of Texas at Austin, M.A. of Architecture
1978 The University of Texas at Austin, B.A. of Geology
1982-1984 Apprenticeship with Robert Mather, Architect

Recent Public & Private Commissions

2015-2016 Earth Fountain Park Space. Fort Worth Public Art Project
2012 Lotus, Asian American Resource Center, Austin Art in Public Places
2010 Earth Fountain. Fort Worth Public Art Project.
2006 Hourglass Seating Arbor. Austin Art in Public Places Commission.
2005 Second St. Spring Project. Austin Art in Public Places, first alternate and finalist.
2001-2004 Room For Spirits. Austin, TX. Neath. Residence Commission.
2003 Medicinal Plant Wall (EMS Station #28). Austin Art in Public Places Commission.
1997-2001 EMS Complex. Austin Art in Public Places commission finalist.
1998-1999 Maya House. Austin, TX. Nowlin Residence Commission.
1997-1991 Tabernacle, Sanctuary Lamp & Baptismal Font. Austin, TX. St. Albert’s Church.
1996 Twelve Texas Tree Glyphs. Austin Bergstrom International Airport Commission.
1994-1995 Cheyenne Swimming Hole. Dripping Springs, TX. Thomas Residence Commission.
1994-1995 American Indian Columns. New Orleans. Annett Bloch Plaza Commission.

Grants & Awards
2009 Austin Visual Arts Awards-3D artist of the year, Finalist.
2003 Art in Public Places for the Circle C EMS Station, Juror.
2002 PRISM Int. Natural Stone Competition. Residential Awards Merit, Cash Prize.
1992 American Crafts Awards for Architectural Metal. Sponsored by Kraus Sikes Inc., Publishers of the Guild Books.