Dan Rider Sculpture


Katnip Island - cast stone creations
Outdoor Sculptures 
Wal Sculptures

Artist Statement

Thanks for your interest in Dan Rider Sculpture. I have been creating unique contemporary sculpture for over 25 years …and have recently returned “back to the garden” with a series of outdoor modern cast concrete sculpture totems called Drods. I was influenced early in my career by the abstract sculpture works of Isamu Noguchi, Louise Nevelson, and later on by Stephen De Staebler.  After creating several series of large tabletop bronze contemporary sculptures, I regrouped to design a series of permanent contemporary multi-media “Spirit Marker” Totem sculptures. My clients have installed many of my contemporary cast stone Totems to mark their landscapes with a unique focal point. Signature recurring themes involve a layering of multi-media dimensional elements that might include cast glass, aluminum & copper, and reinforced concrete. In 2015 I spent over six months developing Drods: a new contemporary totem design and fabricated a number of casting molds allowing the artistic freedom to create infinite unique compositions of geometric shapes for the garden. Drods (Dan Rider Outdoor Sculpture) are composed of stackable precast concrete and glass in simple geometric shaped and Northwest Inspired Elements available in several stained colors. I have a successful history collaborating with collectors, designers, landscape architects, and art consultants on a variety of commissions. My contemporary sculpture is readily adaptable to both commercial and residential use, indoor and outdoor landscape spaces, and can be found in galleries, private collections, corporate offices, and health care institutions.

Katnip Island “Imaginative Cast Stone Creations” are displayed in outdoor spaces by hundreds of garden lovers in the Northwest and across the country. Katnip Island cast stone garden art is available directly from our Studio store, our online store, and soon at a very select few “distinctive” garden/gift centers on the West Coast. Current gallery representation of Dan Rider Sculpture is on display at Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery, Lafayette, CA / Desert Art Collection, Palm Desert, CA / and a soon to be named gallery in WA.

The Katnip Island Art Studio Experience: This Spring we moving into a new remodeled 1800 sq. ft. Contemporary Art Studio. The creative gallery/space will also have an outdoor sculpture garden featuring several contemporary totems and cast stone ornamental creations. Please call to schedule an art studio visit 925.787.6244

"Dan Rider's body of work has another-world feel, but, at the same time, is deeply rooted in nature."
— Julia Beardsley, Art Historian