Lorraine Vail is recognized for her intricate, mystifying bronze sculpture with unexpected and challenging shapes in her figures. In her beautiful new studio environment, architecturally designed by Vail, she works in wax-based clay and subsequently works with the foundry to cast the pieces in bronze using the ancient ‘lost wax’ method of casting. With no particular boundaries, she creates unpredictable beings, seemingly at times drawn from Western or mythological folklore. The spontaneous form of mystical figures intrigues the artist and our inner mind often seems to dwell in the subtle places that Vail invents. The newest works continue to challenge us in many intriguing ways with her inventive use of ether world creatures.
An apprentice in the studio of a noted painter starting at the age fifteen, Lorraine Vail’s solid traditional background in drawing and painting earned a full, four-year scholarship based on artistic merit. With a B.F.A. in Illustration from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA she then worked as a freelance illustrator and sculptor primarily in New York and Philadelphia.With an exceedingly active, twenty-year history of public sculpture commissions, Vail’s work can be found in a number of public and private collections in this country as well as overseas, where several distinguished hotels have installed her fountains and sculptures.She has been honored with a number of solo and group exhibitions and her work appears in a variety of venues from galleries and museums to corporations and universities. Her sculptures have appeared in exhibits at Temple University, PA. They are part of the permanent collections of the Blackhawk Automotive Museum in CA and the Berman Museum in PA. Three of Vail’s public sculptures are listed as sites on the National Museum of Women in the Arts tour in the Washington, D.C. area. Five of Vail’s bronzes are included in the Vatican Library’s permanent art collection in Rome.