Star York

(1952 - present)

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“The Southwest is blessed with such rich cultural, aesthetic, and spiritual complexities that inspiration is always at hand. The colorful heritage of the Pueblo and reservation peoples as will as the ranching communities, present timeless themes and subjects. My goal is to capture in bronze the universal humanity reflected in the gesture of a caring Sheppard girl, the sleepy grin of a bobcat or the playfulness of pregnant mare. These subtleties of character, personality, and expression are the most challenging and most rewarding part of my art.”

Star Liana York grew up in Maryland, daughter of a professional ballerina and a talented woodworker. Always displaying a strong affinity for animals as a child, she purchased her first horse as a teenager and began competing in speed events and rodeos. She operated a horse boarding and training business through college (graduating form the University of Maryland in Studio Art) but always dreamed of coming out West. This dream was realized about 20 years ago when she located a casting facility in Santa Fe, New Mexico, moved there and has used the foundry ever since.

Only two years after arriving in the Southwest, Star was gaining recognition at art competitions enough for South West Art Magazine to do an article on her work. Since then her sculpture has been on the cover of Southwest Art, Art Talk, New Mexico Magazine and others. She was chosen as one of the 30 most influential artists in Southwest Art’s 30 years issue. Several museums have her sculpture in their collections, and in 1999 she was given a one-woman show at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Star resides with her husband, Jeff Brock in their horse ranch near Abiquiu, North of Santa Fe, on the Chama River. Their shared passions are raising Quarter horses and creating art. Star feels that working with the horses and sculpting make for the right balance in her life, tho both disciplines require a creative approach, sensitivity and patience to be successful. Star strives to remain open to many unique aspects the region has to offer.