Ted Bieler (1938– ) is a Canadian sculptor and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Visual Arts at York University.
Born in Kingston, Ontario, Bieler received his BFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan, and began both teaching and exhibiting upon graduation. Before his tenure at York, Bieler taught at the Albright-Knox Art School at the University of Buffalo, and at the University of Toronto, where he developed the first courses in the history and practice of sculpture.
Bieler’s work engages with monumental sculpture in both private and public spheres. His practice includes working with traditionally structured materials like stainless steel and wood, manipulating them into more naturalistic forms. His public sculptures are grand in scale, frequently ornate, and embody enigmatically kinetic shapes. Bieler’s interest in metal casting processes led him to integrate new technologies into his work. This experimentation encouraged Bieler to work with L.L. Odette in establishing the Odette Centre for Sculpture at York University.
Bieler’s notable commissions include Triad on Front Street in Toronto, Wave Breaking at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo, Tower Song at the Windsor Sculptor Garden, and several works for Expo ’67 in Montréal.