Dave McGary (sculptor) (1958-2013)

Dave McGary (sculptor) (1958-2013)

The War Chief's Treasure (masterwork)
Bronze with Patina and Paint
35 x 0 in
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Buffalo's Bull's Back Fat, head chief of the Blackfoot Bloodtribe is depicted standing proudly dressed in his war shirt which is garnished with porcupine quill work and trade beads. Attached to the seams of his shirt and leggings are 156 scalp locks, symbols of his victory over his opponents. He stoically wears his war robe that portrays war exploits of his tribal enemies painted on the back of the robe. The enemies were the Crows, the Shoshones, the Knisteneaux, Assinneboins and Ojibbeways. He displays both his gun stock war club and personal bag. The bag which is made out of a river otter, is elaborately adorned with porcupine quill work, trade beads and bells. Standing beside him with all her beauty and grandeur is his young wife, Eeb-nis-kin, the Crystal Stone. Never letting her out of his watchful eye he protects, shields and guards her like a rare gem exempting her from the common daily work normally done by the women of the tribe. The Blackfoot Nation is comprised of four Blackfoot nations, all with a strong cultural and historical background. In "The War Chief's Treasure" McGary focuses on the fourth of these nations, the northern Montana tribe, who reigned over this area in the mid nineteenth century.


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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