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The Digital Portfolio of Ed Kroupa



Ed Kroupa's artwork spans a variety of mediums and subjects. His interest range from wildlife to figurative. Each piece reflects a commitment to capturing details but without losing the unique character and personality of the subject. Ed Kroupa's artwork can be found in collections across the United States and abroad.

In addition to creating original works of art, Ed is skilled in a variety of technical production disciplines, including knowledge of fiberglass, vacuum forming, casting plaster and resins. He has professional experience in the creation of props, signage, displays and special effects for the entertainment industry. His collaborative commercial works are prominently displayed in a number of international locations, including Disney theme parks. Much of Ed's technical production training was received during the five years he worked for EB Effects in Washington State.

Ed also has a extensive fine art foundry background which includes being a master mold maker, commercial sculptor, an expert at enlargements and all aspects of the lost wax casting process. He was the lead mold-maker and the department head of the wax room at the Bronze Works for ten years. Currently he has his own studio and foundry, Two Ravens Studio in Tacoma WA.


SUMMARY OF SKILLS

• Conceptualizes and designs artwork for commissions,
gallery works and architectural elements
• Provides and conducts solutions for resolving design/fabrication
issues from inception to finished product
• Regularly creates bids and budgets as part of production management
for public and private art projects
• Liaison for developing art projects with art planners, architects,
engineers, organizations and public agencies
• Experienced in creating proposals, presentations, research, and development
• Implements feedback into designs from community outreach
• Trained as a CAD operator and board draftsman


SELECT SOLO WORKS

2018 “Endless Exploration” public art project: local woodland animal reliefs on bronze rock formations, Mullan Road Elementary, Spokane, WA

2015 “Floating Life Forms” public art project: six bronze sea life sculptures on stylized marine buoy balls, Thea Foss Waterway Esplanade, Tacoma, WA

2014 “Surgical Portraits” public art project: five concrete reliefs of notable local surgeons for Multi Care Hospital, Tacoma, WA

2011 “Life” temporary art installation based on molecular building blocks of life, Garfield Gulch Trailhead area, Tacoma, WA


SELECT COLLABORATIVE WORKS

2016 Doug Granum, artistic creative director • “The Beloved Ivan” Monument • Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium Tacoma, WA • Public art project. Responsible for the fabrication and designed the internal support structure for a 3D printed, direct cast life size gorilla sculpture in conjunction with the creative director.

2012 Etsuko Ichikawa, lead artist • ArtsWA project for Fredrickson Elementary School • Puyallup, WA “Spectrum of Light,” public art sculpture. Fulfilled artist’s production requirements, addressed material issues, supervised engineering of hanging structures, oversaw resin ball fabrication and coordinated onsite installation with the lead artist.

1997 EB Effects Company • Signage Sculptures • Disney’s Animal Kingdom • Orlando, FL. Served as the lead artist for fabrication based on designs created with Disney. As stipulated by structural engineers, the Giraffe and Toucan signs warranted special requirements to accommodate hurricane-force winds.


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

November 2008 to Present
Artist and Owner of Two Ravens Studio & Art Foundry · Tacoma, WA

• Designs commissions for solo and collaborative works
• Supervises art studio staff and subcontractors on all aspects of art fabrication
and foundry production
• Works with artists from a wide range of backgrounds and in a variety of media
• Creates production molds for casting in ceramic, resins, concrete and various metals
• Assists with welding and fabrication work as well as the installation
of finished artworks
• Familiar with many technical production disciplines, including knowledge of fiberglass, vacuum-forming, casting plaster and a diverse assortment of resins

November 2001 to January 2010
Department Head of Mold-Making/ Wax Room of the Bronze Works · Tacoma, WA

• Fabricated artwork from various organic and inorganic materials
• Created enlargements for public and private art projects
• Managed bids on all mold and wax-chasing projects
• Responsible for artisan team and training under the wax department
• Oversaw and carried out all stages of the mold-making process
• Proficient at all steps of the lost wax bronze-casting method

1995 to 2001
Lead Artisan at EB Effects Inc. · Shelton, WA

• Constructed models, props, displays and signage for the
commercial/entertainment industry
• Effected technical and practical problem-solving with art directors and designers
• Aided in the design, production and installation of amusement ride sets and props

EXHIBITIONS

2017 A Night of Art & Wine, Hotel Murano, Tacoma, WA
2017 Meet the Makers Popup, Matter/Mika Gallery, Tacoma WA
2016 EVOLUTION: Art, Science & Adaptation, Public Art Exhibition,
Seymour Botanical Conservatory at Wright Park, Tacoma WA
2014 Rotating Works, Creative Forces Gift Gallery at Hotel Murano,
Tacoma, WA
2011 MAE Group Show, Madera Art Gallery, Tacoma, WA
2010 Sculpture Show, Art At Work Tour, Two Ravens Studio, Tacoma, WA
2009 Juried Show, three-dimensional works, Proctor Arts Festival, Tacoma, WA
2007 Group Sculpture Show, The Works Gallery, Bronze Works, Tacoma, WA

COLLECTIONS

2015 “Peeping Tom” (edition #7/20) Creative Forces Gallery,
Tacoma WA, gallery sale
2014 Bill Ayer, Seattle, WA, “Sea Jelly” (one of a kind)
private commission by PSE
2013 Amanda Kroening, Hartford, WI, “Peeping Tom” (edition #6/20)
private sale
2010 Amanda Amend, Whidbey Island, WA, “Peeping Tom” (edition #5/20)
private sale
2009 Katrina Toft, Tacoma, WA, “El Pulpo” (one-of-a-kind) private sale
2008 John Kessing, Olympia, WA, “Peeping Tom” (edition #4/20) private sale
2008 Frank Brekenridge, Olympia, WA, “Peeping Tom” (edition #3/20)
private sale
2007 Liza Clinton, Kent, England, “Peeping Tom” (edition #2/20)
Bronze Works Gallery, Tacoma WA
2005 Arlene Wright, Seattle, WA, “Gnome Doors” private commission

TRAINING

PA:ID Program – Selected by the City of Tacoma in 2011 to participate in the public arts training program. Awarded the commission to create a public art piece for the Thea Foss Waterway and Esplanade Building

VIDEO

To see a video excerpt of the creation process for the public art piece “Floating Life Forms” Please go to https://vimeo.com/143560547 to view. Total run time is 2.52 minutes.
Custom resin cast for a classic car, steering wheel center ring.

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Detail, Custom resin cast for a classic car, steering wheel center ring.

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Car Part. Custom Turn signal Lens Tined urethane casting from a platinum silicone mold.

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Museum Reproduction of an Egyptian Hieroglyphic. Scenic painted resin, wax cast and plaster cast from a tin silicone dump mold.

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Detail of 1700 lb resin crystal skull and snake, made while working at EB Effects.

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1700 lb resin crystal skull and snake, installed at theme park, made while working at EB Effects.

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Resin crystals for theme park ride, cave section, in conjunction with EB Effects project for a theme park.

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Detail of resin crystals for theme park ride, cave section, in conjunction with EB Effects project for a theme park.

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Toucan theme park signage, made while working at EB Effects project for Orlando Florida theme park.

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Giraffe theme park signage, made while working at EB Effects project for Orlando Florida theme park

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Fiberglass prop armor, made while working at EB Effects project for Orlando Florida theme park.

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CRAB FIGHT, dimensions variable. Cast bronze. Meet the Makers Show, Minka Gallery, Tacoma, WA, 2017

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Detail from CRAB FIGHT, Meet the Makers Show, Minka Gallery, Tacoma, WA, 2017

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CRAB WINE HOLDER, 13 x 5 x 3 inches. Cast bronze. Open Edition. Shared Housing Services Art Auction Fundraiser, at the Hotel Murano, Tacoma WA.

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LARGE CRABS and STARFISH, 13 x 5 x 3 AND 3 X 3 X .5 inches. Cast bronze.

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SMALL CRABS, cast bronze. 5 x 3 x 2 inches. Shown here with small bronze jewelry box, GOODNIGHT BOX by Nichole Rathburn.

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EL PULPO, 5 x 4 x 3 inches. One-of-a-kind, bronze octopus, mounted on a black granite base. Created directly in wax. All casting, metal work and patina done by Ed.

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PEEPING TOM, front view. 11 x 5 x 3 inches. Bronze tree frog sculpture, limited edition. Mounted on white granite. Designed to hang on a wall corner.

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PEEPING TOM, back view.

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REACHING OUT FROM THE DARKNESS.13 x 8 x 6 inches. Bronze on black granite. An organic sculpture reminiscent of deep sea creatures.

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RIPPLE. 15 x 13 x 2 inches. Clear resin frame with hand carved and cast bronze rock.

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Detail of RIPPLE created in the resin casting.

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INNER PICASSO, front view.10.5 x 6 x 6 inches. Bronze on granite base. Plays on the idea that there is a little artist in all of us.

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INNER PICASSO, back view.

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MINIATURE MINING CAMP set pieces. Dimensions variable. Mixed media.

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Detail of MINIATURE MINING CAMP set pieces.

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DOLPHIN. Plasteline Clay. 1 x 13 x 5 inches. A study for a dolphin sculpture playing around a coral reef.

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ENVISION, Prairie Line Trail, UW campus Tacoma WA, temporary group art project in conjunction with Diane Hansen and Jeremy Gregory. Also pictured Thoughtbarn.

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ENVISION, interior walkway, Ed helped design and create, 5 wooden, hand-lettered signs with Diane Hansen and Jeremy Gregory.

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ENVISION, exterior walkway, night view. Depicts Lincoln's vision of a bicoastal railway.

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RAPTURE OF THE DEEP, Clay, by Ed Kroupa and Frank Breckenridge. Depicts a deep-sea diver with oxygen narcosis.

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RAPTURE OF THE DEEP, Clay, by Ed Kroupa and Frank Breckenridge. Depicts a deep-sea diver with oxygen narcosis.

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Before, PIRATE BOOTY CHAIR

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After, PIRATE BOOTY CHAIR, by Ed Kroupa and Katrina Toft

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PIRATE BOOTY CHAIR

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PIRATE BOOTY CHAIR

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PIRATE BOOTY CHAIR

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PIRATE BOOTY CHAIR for Northwest Furniture Bank's Chair Affair art auction, by Ed Kroupa and Katrina Toft

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ROOSTER STAMP, clay process for glass stamp, Chinese Astrological Sign 2016

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ROOSTER STAMP, glass. For Monkeyshines Chinese New Year project, Tacoma, WA

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ROOSTER STAMP, glass. For Monkeyshines Chinese New Year project, Tacoma, WA

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DOCK AWARD for Bellingham Marine. Award design given to outstanding employees of Bellingham Marine.

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Side view DOCK AWARD, bronze, for Bellingham Marine.

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SEA JELLY, retirement gift for a PSE board member. Reimagined machinery as sea life.

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VIEWING RING, Commissioned by PSE as a retirement gift. Symbolizes viewing both the past and future.

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BOOTS TO BOOKS. Bronze monument for Centralia College, honoring veterans returning to college.

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WAX BEE candle design for Heavenly Honey Farm

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CUPCAKE SIGN, A bronze cupcake sign, designed for The Cupcake Tree Bakery in Santa Clarita, CA. The oversized bronze cupcake relief includes the shop's logo

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GNOME DOOR. Artwork was intended as a garden accent point to an otherwise common tree stump and to encourage the presence of small imaginary creatures

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Detail of the three cast bronze sections that comprise the GNOME DOOR

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CACTOPI. Wright Park Conservatory, Metro Parks, Tacoma, WA. Part of a public art exhibit called Evolution and Mutation.

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In process CACTOPI, foam, latex, wood

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CACTOPI. The artist envisioned an octopus adapting to climate change, taking on characteristics of a cactus

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FLOCK OF HORSEFLIES. Hippoanisopterias flying in formation. Part of temporary art exhibit Evolution and Mutation, Wright Park Conservatory, Metro Parks, Tacoma, WA

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HORSEFLY. Foam, latex, wire, mylar. The artist envisioned seahorses developing wings like dragonflies in order to leave ocean acidification and find new habitats.

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LIFE, temporary art installation. Bystanders were encouraged to participate by grouping balloon molecules. Project was designed to bring attention to a neglected urban trail area.

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LIFE, elements separated. Colored oversized balloons lit with glow sticks are scattered in a field, representing the four basic molecules of life.

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LIFE, elements come together. The molecules eventually all gathered together to form life. Garfield Gulch Trailhead, Tacoma WA.

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CYCLEMATES. The piece was commissioned by former students to honor their teacher who lead various groups of middle school students on cross country cycling trips for over 20 years.

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ENDLESS EXPLORATION. Mullan Road Elementary School, Spokane WA. Concept sketch for ArtsWA.

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To the right of the school’s entrance is a miniature replica of the Eastern WA landmark known as the Bowl and Pitcher. Animal reliefs are hidden in the rock texture

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On the left is a series of boulders with reliefs. The sensory experience of the artwork is meant to encourage exploration and inspire a lifetime of learning about the natural world.

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FLOATING LIFE FORMS site drawings for the Thea Foss waterway Esplanade public art project

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FLOATING LIFE FORMS. 2015. Thea Foss Waterway Esplanade, Tacoma, WA. Bronze . Sizes range from 46” for large ball to 21” for the smallest. Artwork is comprised of six, stylized marine buoy balls

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CRAB BALL. Artist donated extra time and materials to expand the scope of the project to have all six spheres cast in bronze.

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TENTACLE BALL The overall theme of the artwork reflects the interdependence of the manmade world and the natural world.

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detail of TENTACLE BALL

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Detail of SEAL, OTTER, KELP BALL

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Detail of SEAL, OTTER, KELP BALL. One of six sculptures comprising Floating Life Forms.

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SEAL, OTTER, KELP BALL. One of six sculptures comprising Floating Life Forms.

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Detail of SEAL, OTTER, KELP BALL. One of six sculptures comprising Floating Life Forms.

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Detail of SEAL, OTTER, KELP BALL. One of six sculptures comprising Floating Life Forms.

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Each sphere appears to exist solely on its own but in truth is dependent upon the others for survival in the larger scope of the Puget Sound

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FISH BALL. The sculptures’ tactile nature and approachability invites exploration by the public.

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Detail of FISH BALL

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This site-specific piece evolved through historical research, community outreach and studying the surrounding environment

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STARFISH BALL Each ball depicts interdependent, regional sea life.

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Signage for FLOATING LIFE FORMS

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SURGICAL PORTRAITS, 2014. 35” x 38”concrete. Rainier Tower, Multi Care Hospital, Tacoma, WA.

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DR. ROTH, one of a series of five exterior portrait reliefs of notable local surgeons.

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Clay originals, SURGICAL PORTRAITS, Ed also oversaw the concrete fabrication, design of signage and stands, and project install

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Ed worked closely with the hospital committee to sculpt the clay original portraits from historic references, hospital anecdotes and family photos

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