Dave McGary (sculptor) (1958-2013)

Dave McGary (sculptor) (1958-2013)

Guardians of the Herd (maquette)
Bronze with Patina and Paint
17 x 0 in
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Guardians of the Herd marks a return by Dave McGary to a theme that he holds dear to his heart. His love for children is obvious in this charming bronze. Two young Lakota boys are depicted on a horse fulfilling the job of watching the horse herd. The warm afternoon sun has taken its toll and both of them have fallen asleep. The two Lakota boys in "Guardians of the Herd" are not expected to defend the horses, but have to raise an alarm if the herd is threatened in any way. Both of the boys have fallen asleep and are lying on the backs of the horses. One of them faces the sun and the other one has fallen forward with his head resting on the horses shoulder. Arrows have fallen from his quiver and lay at the horse's feet. While they are adorable sleeping on the back of the faithful pony, if they are caught, they will be in big trouble. We hope that they will awake to find everything as peaceful as this moment so beautifully captured in this heart-warming bronze.


About The Artist

Dave McGary (sculptor) (1958-2013)

"Amazing," "astounding," and "unbelievable detail," are some of the most frequent first words heard when people view renown artist Dave McGary's bronze sculptures of Native Americans.  The works are masterpieces of anatomical and historic accuracy.  They are also based upon real persons of American history.  They are collected by individuals, corporations and institutions on a worldwide basis.  
 
Dave McGary was raised on a cattle ranch in Wyoming.  His art career began early in life.  At 12, he sculpted in clay.  At 16, he received a scholarship to spend a year in Italy studying the human form and the art of bronze casting.  Shortly after his return to the U.S., Dave began working at a Santa Fe foundry, and began a friendship with a Sioux artist that contributed significantly to Dave's interest in sculpting the American Indian.  Subsequently, Dave was adopted into the Ogala Sioux tribe and given the name Wambalee Tanka, "Big Eagle." But his adopted family on the reservation were more likely to refer to him as "Big Red Ears" because of his predilection for soaking up tales of their ancestors.  A McGary bronze is a unique combination of American West and classic Renaissance art form of Italy.  
 
Each work contains many elements of historical authenticity, emotion, artistic skill and bronze casting technology. This special combination has been recognized through the placement of works at a wide variety of governmental and corporate locations.
 
Among the permanent public installations is one that may be seen in Santa Fe's Grant Park.  The 14-foot-high work depicts Don Pedro de Peralta and his surveyor as they lay out early Santa Fe. The artist has also been exhibited in a One-man Show at the Russell Senate Rotunda in Washington D.C.   
 
Meyer Gallery is pleased to display the magnificent bronzes of renown sculptor Dave McGary.

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