Dave McGary ~ Historical Realism in Bronze

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"The Beating Heart of Bronze"
by Roger Naylor

Sculptor Dave McGary combines his formal training in Italy, his intimate familiarity with Native American culture and his passionate skill with color into a remarkable body of work.

Dave McGary's sculptures do no have a heartbeat.

They do not draw breath. The are bronze, not flesh and bone. Although it's difficult to be sure because of the staggering realism that he incorporates into his creations. McGary sculpts proud, historically authentic Native Americans. Sizes range from tabletop busts to large-scale monuments, yet all share the same unexpected depths of textures and splashes of color that defy the essence of the medium.

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McGary Sculpture: “The Providers”
Focuses on Role of Bison to American Indians
by Marilyn Bay Wentz

Bison World - McGary Sculpture "The Providers"Since discovering art, and specifically sculpture, as a teenager, Dave McGary, now 52, has become one of the nation’s top Western artists. His work is on display as part of the permanent collections of such prestigious museums as The Smithsonian, the Buffalo Bill Historical Museum, The Hubbard Museum of the American West, and the Autry National Center of the American West. Two of his bronze sculptures are part of the permanent collection in the Old Executive Office building at the White House Complex in Washington, D.C.

McGary’s monuments stand in a wide range of locations such as the Houston Astrodome, Ruidoso Downs and in downtown Santa Fe. The commissioned monument of Chief Washakie was unveiled in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda and now can be seen in the permanent collection of the National Statuary Hall.

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Dave McGary, Sculptor in Scottsdale, AZ
40 Prominent People in the Western Art World,
as featured in Southwest Art

Southwest Art - Dave McGaryDistinction: For many years, McGary has been one of the best-known sculptors in the West. What are some of the biggest changes you've seen in the art world during your career? The access that computers provide ahs had such an impact. The computer has expanded our reach worldwide. Also, the quality of the materials has improved, offering new opportunities in the lost-wax process.

How do you define success? Outsmarting the native trout in the rivers of Idaho! Specific to my art, when I was young, there was this incredible challenge to bring the images of my imagination to clay. Thrity years later, I find that I am more satisfied with finished pieces and what I am communicating. I have established my own artistic identity, my signature style. People see a McGary and they know it is a McGary.

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