Dave McGary (sculptor) (1958-2013)

Dave McGary (sculptor) (1958-2013)

The Gatekeeper (masterwork, maquette, bust)
Bronze with Patina and Paint
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"hMW: 37.5"h. MQ: 30"h. B (man): 25.75"h. B (horse): 17.75"h 'The Gatekeeper', Iron Thunder is depicted on his war horse taunting the enemy. Iron Thunder rides back and forth waving his staff to let his enemy know he is a Strongheart and ready for battle. The staff, consisting of more than forty feathers, is held in his right hand above his head which he proudly waves to challenge the enemy to battle.Iron Thunder's face is painted with the Strongheart Society's signature black and white war paint. His green war shirt and buckskin leggings are adorned with strips of colorful beads. Tied to his scalp lock are five eagle honor feathers. His regalia includes a shield decorated with his personal design, bows and arrows in the quiver strapped to his back and a unique trade ax with a heart-shaped hole in the blade. The jet black war horse's neck is beautifully arched and he is aggressively fighting the bit in his mouth as the warrior pulls back on the reins. Owl feathers are attached to the side of his beaded face mask and scalp locks are attached underneath his chin. The edge of the saddle blanket is also decorated with beads.


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 are 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 pure 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.  Each year, Dave receives numerous requests to execute commissions -- most of which he must turn down due to his schedule and family life (he, his wife Molly and their child divide time between homes in New Mexico and Arizona).  
 
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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