Paul Yank

BORN: 1931- Milwaukee, WI

DIED: October 1, 2020 - Cedarburg, WI

Paul Yank was born and grew up on Milwaukee’s north side. He is a graduate of the Layton School of Art, Milwaukee, where he majored in fine arts as a sculptor.  He also attended University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to attain academic credits needed for a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

Yank started his professional career as a sculptor in 1958. After a nationwide competition, he was selected as sculptor-in-residence for Milwaukee’s natural history museum. In that eight-year role, Yank thoroughly studied cultural anthropology as he designed and created three-dimensional displays for what is now known as the Milwaukee Public Museum.  In addition, living and studying in Kyoto, Japan for three and a half years while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps aroused Yank’s awareness and knowledge of world cultures. These rich experiences provided inspiring subject matter for much of his artwork.  

By the mid-1960s, commissions for large-scale sculpture and fountains became Yank’s primary business. Sculptural commissions of outdoor fountains, wall reliefs, and free-standing sculptures are in many private residences, corporate offices, as well as religious and public buildings throughout Wisconsin and the USA.   

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Paul Yank
Aboriginal by Paul Yank
28 x 22 in.
Abstract from Nature by Paul Yank
Abstract from Nature
29 x 11 x 11 in.
Bear Country by Paul Yank
Bear Country
28 x 22 in.
Cellestial Orbit by Paul Yank
Cellestial Orbit
15 x 13 x 8 in.
Chief by Paul Yank
40 x 13 x 16 in.
Circle of Life by Paul Yank
Circle of Life
15 x 13 x 12 in.
Eagle Headdress by Paul Yank
Eagle Headdress
28 x 22.5 in.
Flight by Paul Yank
32 x 18 x 16 in.
Indian by Paul Yank
30 x 22 in.
Little Wolf by Paul Yank
Little Wolf
22 x 19 x 18 in.
Maya by Paul Yank
22 x 30 in.
Mountain Women by Paul Yank
Mountain Women
25 x 33 in.