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Paul Reimer

Photo of Paul ReimerFor centuries, the blacksmith has been a master of utilitarian sculpture. Kings have called on blacksmiths to build gates and railings and furniture that have outlasted their royal selves by centuries. Today, the craft of the artist-blacksmith remains entrenched in that respected tradition: to create lasting beauty from iron. When it gets red-hot, iron takes on a malleable quality that, with the right tools and experience, can be formed into a limitless variety of shapes and forms. If you can dream it, it can be made. Once it cools, you can rest assured that it will remain intact for generations.

Paul Reimer began his career as an artist-blacksmith at the age of 15 when he apprenticed under master blacksmith John Smith of the Kootenay Forge. When he turned 19, fresh out of high school and already well-worn in the art, he set out on his own, taking over the blacksmith operations at Fort Steele, BC. After building the blacksmith shop there from 1 person to 7, he once again set out on his own, founding his own business which creates high-end architectural ironwork. This venture also allowed Paul to pursue public art opportunities in and around BC.

Today, Paul has 22 years of experience in the trade, every moment of which goes into his creations. His projects vary greatly in size, form and function, from a simple letter opener, to a 700lb sturgeon-nosed steel canoe (that floats!) created for a public art project. He takes inspiration from a variety of sources; architecture & design, culture, history, relationships and nature. His core principle as an artist is to strive to do what has not been done before, to make what has not yet been seen, in ways that have not yet been discovered.

Curriculum Vitae
Paul Reimer – Artist
Practicing Blacksmith for 22 years
Ability to design and develop major ironworks for specific purposes
Demonstrated capability in working internationally with contractors, architects and designers on large scale projects
Experience in working with diverse individuals and groups within the community on artistic and commercial projects
Knowledge and ability to operate a blacksmithing business employing six apprentices, and to manage projects and commissions keeping within budget and schedule

Co-Owner of Ironcraft Gallery, Invermere, BC (2011-current)
Colorado Metalsmiths Conference (July, 2010)
Owner/Operator, Reimer & Company Architectural Blacksmiths, Cranbrook BC (2001-current)
CanIron 2 Artist Blacksmith Conference delegate (2001)
Study travel to blacksmith shops and art galleries in Scotland, England and France (2000-2001)
Blacksmith Instructor, College Of The Rockies, Cranbrook, BC (2000-2001)
Master Blacksmith, Fort Steele Heritage Town, Fort Steele BC (1994-2001)
Blacksmith Apprentice, Kootenay Forge, Crawford Bay BC (1988-1994)

Public Art Projects
Reconciliation Sculpture, YXC Airport (June, 2010)
The Reconciliation Sculpture was a community project designed to foster a spirit of reconciliation between First Nations groups and descendents of European settlers in BC.The narrative sculpture tells the story of the past, acknowledges the present, and foretells the jubilation of the future.
Spirit Tree Sculpture, City of Cranbrook (October, 2009)
The Spirit Tree, commissioned by the City of Cranbrook, is a large metal tree representing community spirit and vitality.The tree is 25 ft. high and 12 ft. in diameter.The tree is designed to promote interaction through globes reflecting back images of the viewer.Funding was provided through private businesses.It is located in Cranbrook’s downtown Spirit Square.
Book Sculptures,Cranbrook Public Library 2008
Two large-scale multi-functional book sculptures installed outside of the Cranrook Public Library.The books enhance and distinguish the Cranbrook Public Library site, adding visual interest while also serving as benches.Commissioned by the Cranbrook Public Library.Donated.

Professional Distinctions:
Presented maquette of Harvest Nation Sculpture to House of Commons, Ottawa, Ontario (2010)
Introduced to Honorable Prime Minister Stephen Harper regarding the Reconcilation Sculpture at Canadian Rockies International Airport, Cranbrook, BC (2010)
Top 5 finalist for City of Richmond Public Art Program (2006) for Flo – Sculpture made of thick bands of steel tapered to represent rolling waves
Fourth place at World Blacksmith Championships, Creative Forging, Calgary Stampede (2000)

Joy Exhibition, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB (2011)
Verve Gallery Regina, SK, (2005)
Flathead Valley Parade of Homes Whitefish, Montana (2004)
The Western Design Conference Cody, Wyoming (2004)
Iron Expressions, Artistic Ironwork Exhibition, Kimberley, BC (2003)
Rocky Mountain Artisan Niche Gallery Cranbrook, BC (2001)
Cranbrook Art Walk Cranbrook, BC, (1999)
CanIron Artist Blacksmith Conference, Vernon, BC (1997)

1:1 scale human form sculptures inspired by Picasso’s The Bathers, Seattle, Washington (2011)
Design & produce furniture for 200 room renovation, Banff Caribou Lodge (November 2010)
Sculpture for East Kootenay Hospital Art Auction (2008, donated)
Artistic Signage for Panorama Resort, Interwest Properties (2007)
Snow Ghost Ranch Sculptural Doors (2006)
Room Divider Screens, Lupins Restaurant, Grouse Mountain Resort (2005)
Art Gates, St. Mary’s Church in Cranbrook, BC (2004, donated)
Easter Sculpture, First Baptist Church, Cranbrook, BC (2003, donated)
Replication and restoration of 1904 light fixtures, Canadian Museum of Rail Travel (2002)
Grill for Front Desk, Fernie Lodging Company (2001)
Cross for sanctuary, First Baptist Church in Cranbrook BC (1999, donated)
Sculpture and Chandelier for lobby of Snow Creek Lodge (1998)

Featured In Publications:
Big Sky Journal (2007, 2008)
Timber Homes Illustrated (2006)
Flathead Living (2005)
Anvil’s Ring magazine (2004)
British Artist Blacksmith magazine (2003)

Professional Associations:
Artist Blacksmith Association of North America 2001-
President, Kootenay Blacksmith Association (1995-1996)
Kootenay Blacksmith Association (1995-

Paul Reimer: Leeward Sapling Paul Reimer: Hot hammer Paul Reimer: Paul at work
Leeward Sapling
15.5 x 9 x 8 in.   Steel and Stone   
Hot hammer
Paul at work
Paul Reimer: Sol Mountain Paul Reimer: Father and Son
Sol Mountain
36 x 54 x 17 in.   Stainless Steel   
Father and Son
47 x 14 x 16 in.   Steel and Stone   

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