Photo by B. Proud

Photo by B. Proud

 

Del Filardi, winner of many awards for sculpture is an a artist of diverse talents. She came to metal sculpture in her intense search for self expression, self fulfillment. She burst forth with her greatest productivity when she found herself mastering the challenge of steel with the welding torch. Early on, many of her works were of abstracts large and small.  This was followed by a very exciting career of sculpting birds of the larger species.

Her work possesses a strength of form that is inherent in the metal with which she works. This can be seen in her birds made of steel. Many of the prizes and honors Del has received in the past years were for her “Birds of Endangered Species”. Working as naturalist and artist and giving minute attention to detail, Del Filardi captures in steel the dynamism and movement of the birds – each held at a moment of action – their grandeur and power coming through.

Del and partner Harriet Rubin owned and operated the Blue Heron Gallery in Wellfleet, MA for twenty years which began by featuring Filardi’s work and several other fine artists.

After selling the Gallery, Del  resumed her status as a full time artist and her love affair with steel. Most recently she has revived her interest in the abstract form and is using the steel scraps that remain from her bird sculptures to create very interesting abstract work. The very facets of her background mirror her development and growth. Filardi received her B.S. in Health and Physical Education from State Teachers College at Cortland, NY and her M.A. in Dance from Columbia University, NY. Her feeling and knowledge of movement comes through in her work. As she develops, she blends these rich elements into a fabric that produces an artist of superb talent and she expresses this talent in metal that sings and chants and laughs and cries. Her work may be found in public and private collections.