Hank Kaminsky

Hank Kaminsky

“I sculpt because I want to discover form. My method yields a product, but I’m often surprised at what comes out.”

Since the age of 19, 79-year-old Hank Kaminsky of Fayetteville has made a living as a full-time sculptor. He creates abstract sculptures, portrait busts, plaques and medals, as well as jewelry, belt buckles and pendants, most of which are inspired by landscapes. He is probably best-known for his commissioned public art pieces, which are scattered throughout Arkansas, as well as Texas, California and Pennsylvania.

The majority of his work focuses on universal themes, such as finding world peace and discovering the secrets of life. He begins most of his sculptures in clay and casts in numerous metals, including zinc, bronze, brass and aluminum. “The most interesting technique I have used is sand casting, one of the most ancient crafts in the world,” Kaminsky said. “I sculpt because I want to discover form. My method yields a product, but I’m often surprised at what comes out.”