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"The first thing that strikes one about Thomas Ostenberg's sculptures is that they are so joyful... Ostenberg's animals (usually but not always horses) and his human personages have an exuberance which immediately lifts the spectator's own spirits."

"Ostenberg's sculpture is transformative - which is one reason why he uses a traditional material, cast bronze. He needs to take his ideas and fantasies and reshape them into what are, for him, absolutely definitive forms. The provisional nature of the supposedly 'new' art which has now displaced painting and sculpture in so many international survey exhibitions is not for him because they do not allow the transformation to complete itself as fully as he wants - or as he finds satisfying to him. Each of these sculptures represents a catharsis: something sensed, dreamed about, brooded over - and finally made."

— Edward Lucie-Smith - LONDON, 1999

“ A search for equilibrium” exquisitely sums up our sensations when walking around Ostenberg’s works..."

"We are struck instantly... with the realization that Ostenberg’s “cast of characters”, of dancing, leaping, breathtakingly risk-taking figures, seeks to achieve the paradoxical, i.e. a representation of dynamic stasis."

"The composer John Cage always maintained that “theater is everywhere” and it is the true role of the artist to make visible that “theatrum mundi.” Ostenberg, too, finds vivacious “theater” at every turn, especially when he uncovers, as he puts it, “moments of significant or radical change, brought about not by any modifications in material circumstances, but by a simple change in thought and the way circumstances are perceived.”

— Jan E. Adlmann Santa Fe, May 2004

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